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Recent content by Prateek Bhatia

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    Part-time jobs @ NYC

    I am not sure about this, but you can work part time outside campus if you're willing not to be paid for it. I think on a volunteer-unpaid basis you can work part time even as an international student. Maybe someone can elaborate on this.
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    Senate approves restriction on foreign hires by banks receiving bailout

    I think this point should be emphasized more. Compare 65000 H1-B work visas issued per year with the approx 600,000 jobs lost in the month January alone. I think lawmakers have just raked up this issue to make it appear that they are fighting for the American public.
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    Back to India?

    I am just emphasizing my original point in both these statements, which is that quant skills that an MFE is supposed to impart are not relevant in India because, 1. Firms are not really doing quantitative work like its done in the US. Not even DE Shaw 'SOFTWARE'. They don't seem to be looking...
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    Back to India?

    Well what I meant was that quant employment and recruitment is not nearly at the same level as in the United States. Quantitative work is not done on that scale and MFE skills have never been in any realistic demand. In fact even in the above link, the entity is DE Shaw SOFTWARE private...
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    Back to India?

    Indian students(including me) studying here currently would not at all want to consider going back after school, but i guess they might be forced to. A masters student will be spending anywhere between $45K-65K during study. You would want to earn that back. If you work at entry level salaries...
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    Geek Rap

    Beautiful!
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    Something I completely do not understand...

    Thanks for your reply. I personally don't really believe that the gov should be doing one thing or the other. I just wanted to know how you all feel about this whole thing and get you to know your views. I come also come from a place (India) where gov controls many things and especially puts...
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    Something I completely do not understand...

    Sorry I didn't make my point clear. You might be able to but an XX million dollar home and even afford it. But there are many who are simply not earning enough to make mortgage payments even for simple homes, in spite of being paid living wages as bbw pointed out. What do we do about them...
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    Something I completely do not understand...

    There's something I don't understand as well. Would this whole crisis have happened if the people who borrowed for their homes paid back their mortgages? When somebody takes a loan and doesn't pay back - who is to blame? The lender who did not care much about the risk of default, or the...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    You are most welcome, and thanks a lot for your words. Its great to have such discussions here. Cheers!!
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    Do hedge funds or similar require citizenship for job application?

    The 18 month extension applied to math, technology, engineering and science graduates. Since you are clearly one of them, it should not be a problem for you to get an 18 month extension. There is some sort of rule saying that you should be employed in the area you have studied- I don't know how...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    The reason I'm going to grad school is because I want to expand the opportunities available to me. I did a computer engineering bachelor's degree wherein only 20-25 % of the actual syllabus was what I wanted to study and I was very dissatisfied with it.( In India, most of the undergrad programs...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    Completely agree with you. As I said before, if you aren't really sure that you want to do in quantitative finance, you are one of those people (including me) who just says that they want to work as a quant analyst in a hedge fund/Investment bank and don't know the details that quant finance...
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    Columbia MSOR some truth about the Columbia MSOR

    Actually 3 if you do the degree in 3 semesters. What I meant was that with the option to take courses in Stats, Economics, etc. you can basically study all finance apart from the core courses. But that won't be quantitative finance, would it? That 22 year old you are talking about is in quant...
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    Hey dude. I am your classmate at Columbia OR this fall. May I know who you are?

    Hey dude. I am your classmate at Columbia OR this fall. May I know who you are?
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