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    Side business

    I have been self employed for many years and have a couple of different firms active at a time so the newer business feels like a side job until the money gets serious enough to warrant full time attention. The good thing is no one is looking over my back on the recourses allocated between the...
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    canceled IB Collegiate Trading Olympiad ...picking up the slack

    The best part of the IB competition was the fact that the “real” TWS trading platform and market data was used which gave the participants a real-world trading desk feel. By the end of the two month competition I was stressed by my additional part time job but quite happy the prize covered my...
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    Harvard's Bet on Interest Rate Rise Cost $500 Million to Exit

    When the swaps were broken early it becomes just a trade; someone will win and someone will lose and Harvard lost this time. Everyone loses on a percentage of their trades and Harvard is no different in this regard. I remember a few short years ago the alumnis pressing issue was the...
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    2009 Quantnet Ranking of Financial Engineering (MFE), Quantitative Finance Programs

    Prof. Maymin's logic is flawed but getting Nicholas Taleb on their faculty was a home run. Too bad Baruch has a few economist walking around at the business school as I am sure Taleb would have liked working with the faculty and students of our FE department.
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    Online courses in quantitative finance?

    Columbia also has an online masters level classes under their "Methods in Finance" degree. Do a search and you will find them but the price is quite high so hopefully you have company sponsorship.
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    Quantnet Picnic RSVP

    Nice to see all of you in the pictures and it is great that the number of kids in the Baruch community is growing every year! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> This was a good weekend for the event as the Jewish holiday closed...
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    certificate programs in C++ in NYC

    A famous ex-Baruch student from a few years ago had taken the NYU C++ sequence and recommended it highly. The lecturer had very good notes and was very organized in his presentation and the students became proficient in C++ with the two course sequence . In terms of the money, there are cheaper...
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    Star trader threatens to leave Citi

    Whether Mr. Hall gets the full package, settles, or leaves and starts up his own fund he has what I call a "happy headache" but based on the governments past history I would be looking for office space for my group if I was in his shoes. I do believe his next call for the long term price...
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    The Master Happy Birthday thread

    Happy birthday Adolfo! I know the year that just passed was monumental for you and I hope every year that follows is as memorable. GUS
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    What are the key characteristics of top students in MFE

    Technical skills (math, programming, ...) will get you your first job or entry into the field but your soft skills (personality type, presentation, political acumen...) dictate where in the food chain you will be in 20 years.
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    GS trading source code stolen

    GS is lucky this guy is a high tech Russian who used computer tools to copy the software and leave a trail allowing for his arrest. I know the code is thousands of lines but this low tech Greek would have copied the important algos to a piece of paper a couple of hundred lines at a time and eat...
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    King of Pop Michael Jackson has died

    I appreciate his entertainment talent but I see very little difference between Michael Jackson and any other anonymous child molester. May he rest in peace but I just am not going to forget his pastime activities. I can't believe anyone in their right minds would allow their kids near him but...
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    Interesting article

    To understand how much I trust Hussman, my wife's 401K is invested in his growth fund instead of me! This is the only external money manager I have given money to and I like his thinking over the past six or so years that I have been reading his work.
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    Prof. Salih Neftci (1947-2009)

    I tried to write a farewell to Professor Neftci a couple of times last week but just could not get my feelings to paper. All of us at Baruch have great memories of Dr. Neftci, in and out of the classroom and we are grateful that he took time out of his busy schedule to teach at CUNY. Well done...
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    The Master Happy Birthday thread

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHEONIX MAN!!! =D>
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