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    Should I transfer or not......PLEASE HELP ASAP

    I graduated from Bucknell 5 years ago. I know there are many Bucknell alumni in finance, and many at large banks/private equity. I know because I emailed many of them in a search for internships. While at Baruch, I was able to secure an internship at the US headquarters of an IB via a...
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    Side business

    That is definitely one scenario. I think a more likely one is that it becomes regulated, and then a major casino operator steps in. PartyGaming likely has a long term plan to do this. Major US casinos already have online sites that service non-americans. They are just waiting to jump into the US...
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    Side business

    Of course you can do that. Many people do. But the issue isn't being able to play; that just takes a little effort. The issue is being able to make money. If everyone you are playing against went through the effort of opening an overseas bank account, good luck. That sounds like a poker...
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    Side business

    Most of it is legal, and some of it is taxes. Poker players are not treated fairly when paying taxes. Some states, like CT, do not allow them to deduct losses. Because of this there are cases of poker players owing more in taxes than they actually won. Legally, as with taxes, poker players...
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    Side business

    I tutor math and physics on the side. I usually do it on the weekend, but sometimes I do it after work, depending on the situation. I used to play poker, but it's not worth the time anymore. Perhaps if the US legal environment improves I'll start playing again.
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    NYU Tandon MFE

    I know that I received an admission before March 2008, but this date is a guess.
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    Baruch MFE

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    Programming Game/Puzzle

    I thought many of you might be amused by this seemingly simple puzzle game. RoboZZle online puzzle game My favorite puzzle so far is "Fermat's Spiral 3." http://www.robozzle.com/index.aspx?puzzle=1043 It seems impossible at first. You should probably start out with a few easier ones...
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    Will "Thinking in C++ Vol 1+ Vol 2" help me create a good base ?

    I would not recommend the book to someone who had no or little programming experience. For people who already grasp the bigger picture, and wonder about the idioms of the language, or for people who know C and want to know how C++ builds off of it, then it is very good. Plus it's free, so go...
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    Will "Thinking in C++ Vol 1+ Vol 2" help me create a good base ?

    Bruce Eckel has made Thinking in C++ available for free at Planet PDF - Thinking in C++ If you have a C background then it is probably a good way to get started with C++. The book is aimed at those who are switching from C to C++. It is extremely detailed.
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    Linux users?

    I agree that it is useful, but only if it works. The tab key does nothing on that particular box. On the other machines I use, I don't run into these issues.
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    Linux users?

    Here is an example. It just happened to me: [schmidt@glmach ~]$ cd /apps [schmidt@glmach /apps]$ ls [schmidt@glmach /apps]$ cd kdevelop [schmidt@glmach kdevelop]$ cd /apps [schmidt@glmach /apps]$ ls kdevelop [schmidt@glmach /apps]$ cd branches [schmidt@glmach branches]$ cd /apps...
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    Linux users?

    Here's my experience as a new linux user: I've been using linux at my internship. The only experience I've had with it before was in college, so it has been a painful week. I use a few different machines that are reset every night, which means that on some the backspace doesn't work at all, on...
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    End of Semester Bonanza

    But Eugene, how will you get in with your undergraduate ID? We can take turns smuggling beer out for you in the alley. Just hide in the dumpster.:cheers:
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    End of Semester Bonanza

    I was planning on checking it out, assuming my brain does not explode during the stochastic calculus final.
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    Release mode vs debug mode

    I know what you are thinking. I thought the same thing. Read this thread: https://www.quantnet.com/threads/resizing-a-vector-throws-a-bad_alloc.2393/ QUantnet is acting weird, so if that link doesn't work, then search for a thread titled "Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc" In that...
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    Release mode vs debug mode

    That probably means that you are writing to or deleting memory that has not been allocated. The same thing has happened to me before.
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    I should have realized that they probably would do that to international students. When you file your taxes for 2009 you can probably get some of that back.
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    Interactive Brokers Olympiad Checks Are Here! I got my check in the mail today! I felt like Charlie when he finds the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! :dance::cheers: It was mailed on Friday 5/8/09. I'm pretty close to Greenwich, CT so perhaps some of you near NYC...
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    Economic Derivatives

    In the US they call this life insurance. ;)
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    Like Shlomi says, the questions are weighted differently in each case. In Case A the incorrect questions are weighted more than the incorrect ones in Case B.
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    The easiest step is to retake the GRE. You didn't post your specific math background. Take the math courses that are prerequisites for the program. If you already took those, but didn't do well, then retake them. You could also take a mathematical finance course from another school, or a...
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    Today is a good day! \\:D/
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    Baruch MFE Baruch goes to Canada

    Kevin Mak just clarified that RITC will be held again Nov. 12th-14th of 2009. We will dominate! Alain, I'll work on writeup soon.
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    I found the problem. It was Joshi's array. I threw it in for future purposes, assumed none of my code touched it, and then just discovered that I was wrong. :smt119 Thanks for the help, guys. :smt073
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    I just went thew all of the code involving the vectors of vectors, and changed [] to .at(). I still get a bad_alloc thrown in the same circumstances as before. If it was an out-of-range problem, wouldn't I get an out_of_range thrown? At this point, I've abandoned the idea of changing the size...
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    Doug, that brings back many nightmares. I will check to see if that is the case. Edit- I'm also having some problems where my code will crash in release mode, but not in debug mode. I haven't investigated it yet though.
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    Do you have Joshi's book on hand, Alain? I set up my tree classes like he shows in chapter 8. The only difference is that I created a parent class (TrinomialTree) that SimpleTrinomialTree is derived from. Everything seems pretty straightforward. I don't need to worry about memory management...
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    To try to narrow the problem down further, I put similar code in main(), right before I would normally call the class-member function that has been giving me problems. I hoped that this way I could narrow it down to possibly an error in how I coded my class, or structured the inheritance...
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    Resizing a Vector Throws a bad_alloc

    What are the reasons a bad_alloc would be thrown when I resize a vector? I know it means that new memory could not be allocated, but what can I do to prevent that from happening? To be more specific, I have a class-member vector of vectors that is initialized to size 0x0. I resize it to 22x0...
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    Baruch MFE Baruch goes to Canada

    We are in 8th place after 3 of the 4 competitions. Today was exhausting, but we competed well. I have a lot to say, but don't want to give away too much on the public forum regarding strategy. Next year, Baruch's team will be much better prepared, now that we know how everything works. I'll...
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    Senate approves restriction on foreign hires by banks receiving bailout

    It should be noted that Obama cannot alter or vote on any legislation. He can't "remove" things from the legislation. He does not have the power to do that. He can only veto the final bill. The President can, however, "ask" for certain things to be done. But, he can't force any congressmen...
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    The Master Happy Birthday thread

    Eugene has been getting salads at Enfin now. I haven't seen him eat a subway sandwich in days. Happy Birthday!
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    OK Good. Thanks guys. That's what I hoped. I closed my positions, and I am up a tiny amount. Hopefully it's good for $1,000. Today is only the 2nd day I could liquidate at above $1mil, so I took it.
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    My trading plan was very strict. I essentially said that I would sell calls and buy puts on the S&P 500. I want to close my position, but doing that would involve buying calls and selling puts, something that I did not include in my trading plan. Will closing my position violate my trading...
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    Is it me, or are derivatives used in sports?

    Arbitrage is everywhere in the world of sportsbetting. However, there are special problems you need to deal with. For example, arbitrages usually do not exist within sportsbooks; you have to utilize multiple sportsbooks to find them. However, the arbitrages are usually very thin (as...
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    B's in the core math requirement classes

    I think a more accurate unwritten rule would be: "If you don't have A's in your math classes, then you need to make up for it in other areas." The same would go for the GRE. If you look at the mean GRE scores of admitted students for literally every program that publishes them, you will see...
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    B's in the core math requirement classes

    There is no hard requirement that you have all A's in your math classes.
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    Initial Screening at MFE Programs?

    I think you mean 800 on the GRE Quantitative section, not verbal, right?
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    Shlomi, did you download the C++ sample code? I looked at it. It was a little overwhelming. I'm trying to do something really simple, so hopefully I won't need to use all of that.
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    Of the MFE students who are doing the competition, are you all going to use C++, or will some of you use something different, like Excel? -carl
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    "Traders' assistants"?

    Hi jonah, and welcome to Quantnet. I would like to know the answer to this too.
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    The Master Happy Birthday thread

    Happy Birthday! I'm sorry that it didn't snow!
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    Personal Statement

    Do you mean guidelines other than what is stated on the application and the MFE homepage? I think the guidelines are purposefully vague because the point is to see what you decide to write about, and how you do it.
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    2009 Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad

    What's the most convenient way for a first semester MFE student to prove to IB that he is a student at Baruch? They list these options: ------------------------ You are required to provide proof that you are a student. You may submit any one of the following documents, which must be on...
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    Baruch MFE Baruch MFE excels - Prestigious grad program shines bright

    I think yield refers to the percentage of applicants who accept an offer of admission. -carl
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    Quantnet Picnic in Central Park

    Either day is fine. See you there!
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    Are you readyyyy for some football ?

    The Jets don't play the Eagles this year, unless they both make the superbowl. Perhaps you are talking about their preseason game, but that would be the first time I've ever heard anybody talk trash about a preseason game.
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    Are you readyyyy for some football ?

    As a big Favre and Packers fan, this was one of the best case scenarios for me (best case being that Favre wins the Superbowl with the Packers).
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    Fall 2008 Book List

    This text is different from the one listed on the syllabus Prof. Stefanica sent me. The one in the syllabus is "C++ Programming: With Design Patterns Revealed", by Tomasz Muldner, Addison Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0201722313." However, the dates on the syllabus were 2007, not 2008. Perhaps the...
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    COMPARE MSMF at IIT, Polytechnic NY, or FSU

    It is true that "open enrollment" is basically the reality at Poly. I applied to enter this Fall '08 and was accepted a few weeks later. I forgot to decline their offer, so I just received an email (3 months after my acceptance) asking me to notify grad-admissions as to whether I will be...
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    CMU MSCF Interview with Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University masters computational finance

    This is a very enlightening interview. Thank you.
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    Baruch MFE Baruch Programming Environment

    A relative is willing to give me a refurbished laptop. However, I'm not sure if it's up to snuff. It's a Compaq Evo N610c. It goes for about $350 new online, but this one has a memory upgrade to 512MB (instead of 256MB) and MS Office Professional '03. It has a mobile pentium 4-M 2Ghz...
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    Baruch MFE Baruch MFE Part-time vs. Full-time Questions

    I would not be working if I attend the program fulltime. Sorry that I did not make that clear in my first post. The commute would be 70 minutes each way. Thanks for the replies so far. This information is very valuable. Anyone else?
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    Baruch MFE Baruch MFE Part-time vs. Full-time Questions

    Hi All, Today I was offered admission into Baruch's MFE program! I am very excited. However, I have some significant questions for current/former students. Some of you likely will think the answers are obvious, but please give me your thoughts. I currently teach at a high school. My...
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    Baruch MFE Baruch MFE Online Application

    Try this link: Welcome To Embark Apply Online - Baruch College Weissman School of Arts and Sciences 2008 or go here: Welcome To Embark Apply Online - Baruch College Weissman School of Arts and Sciences then click the radio button "I'd like to view another version of this application," and...
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    DISCUSSION on second rated MFE programs

    Dominic, What are you views on Polytechnic's program? Thanks -carl
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    DISCUSSION on second rated MFE programs

    I disagree with this. You appear to be looking at this from the viewpoint of someone who is attending or has graduated from a "1st tier" school. If so, your viewpoint represents a minority of all involved (the schools, other aspiring students, headhunters, and employers). Take myself as an...
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    work load for a financial engineer?

    Teachers do not always escape long work weeks. One of the reasons I went into teaching was because I wished to avoid "60-80 hr weeks." I reasoned that I could make up for the low salary by playing poker on the side (I was a pro poker player prior to being a teacher). This has not worked out...
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    Interested in FE, Unique Background

    Hi, I am interested in pursuing a career in financial engineering. I live near NYC, so I have been looking at various financial engineering/mathematics programs in the area. However, my background is unique, so I do not know how to assess the probability of an acceptance. After...
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