Learning the Finance part before pursuing Financial Engineering


I am a senior in BS (Hons.) Math (plus minor in CS) program. I wish to pursue MFE/MQF. As of now I have appropriate knowledge about mathematical elements involved in these programs. However I feel that I severely lack proper information about the finance side of such courses and career.

I do know about financial products (Bonds, Stocks, Derivatives) and few pricing models (again, it is more mathematical than finance) but I don't have proper information on Hedge Funds, Prop Trading, etc. I strongly feel that before committing to pursue MFE/MQF, I should be very well aware of financial markets and products.

Thus, I request you to guide me on how to acquire knowledge on these topics (and any topic of finance which should be known to a MFE/MQF aspirant). Please recommend any type of instruction: books, MOOCS, YT videos etc.

Apart from that I request you to list down a brief syllabus/curriculum consisting of all the topics of finance one needs to know before applying to MFE/MQF schools and deciding on the career path of Quantitative Finance.

Thanks and Regards.
You can go through CFA L2 curriculum (Economics, Fixed Income, PM) and this book to cover the finance part that is required for an MFE:
• Option, Futures and Other Derivatives - JC Hull
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