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by jimmybob
January 4th, 2015, 7:41 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: From quant to sports betting industry (and back?)
Replies: 8
Views: 5579

From quant to sports betting industry (and back?)

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: dfeynmanHi all,I was wondering if sports betting industry is hot nowadays. I have already made an app in C# that connects to a respectable betting broker and places bets (working as a freelance, in parallel to my main quant job). There is a chance that I will be offered...
by jimmybob
December 12th, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Lost my job - What's next?
Replies: 40
Views: 11092

Lost my job - What's next?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: mitQuoteOriginally posted by: jimmybobQuoteOriginally posted by: mitwhy would working guys be happier than early-retired people? if you have money, go do whatever you want instead of being told what to do.nobody asks you to sit home watching TV. if you are a good trader...
by jimmybob
December 11th, 2014, 6:27 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Lost my job - What's next?
Replies: 40
Views: 11092

Lost my job - What's next?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: mitwhy would working guys be happier than early-retired people? if you have money, go do whatever you want instead of being told what to do.nobody asks you to sit home watching TV. if you are a good trader, buy a house a costa de sol and manage some money from there. i ...
by jimmybob
November 28th, 2014, 10:53 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Software Companies (SunGuard, FINCAD, Super Derivatives)
Replies: 17
Views: 5673

Software Companies (SunGuard, FINCAD, Super Derivatives)

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuoteOriginally posted by: jimmybobQuoteOriginally posted by: overkill112358If you had both quant and vendor interviews, you could base your expectations about the actual work within the role on the type and difficulty of the interview questions.Having recentl...
by jimmybob
November 28th, 2014, 9:03 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Software Companies (SunGuard, FINCAD, Super Derivatives)
Replies: 17
Views: 5673

Software Companies (SunGuard, FINCAD, Super Derivatives)

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: overkill112358If you had both quant and vendor interviews, you could base your expectations about the actual work within the role on the type and difficulty of the interview questions.Having recently interviewed at one of these vendors, I don't think that's a sensible t...
by jimmybob
November 10th, 2014, 9:39 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Modeling/Scoring Analyst Positions
Replies: 4
Views: 3923

Modeling/Scoring Analyst Positions

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: neuroguyQuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofaDoes it really have to be so boring (modulo the fact that probably all IB jobs are boring)? In a simple case, scoring is done by multivariate logistic regression, but it often requires more sophisticated modelling and optimis...
by jimmybob
November 7th, 2014, 1:45 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing
Replies: 5
Views: 4001

Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: dougieGmastaflexAhh cheers jimmybob, your reply must have popped up as I was writing my next question, thanks for pre-emptively answering! I'll have to look into the CDT approach, I quite like the sound of it - it seems a bit more lively than the normal PhD path.Definit...
by jimmybob
November 7th, 2014, 12:47 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing
Replies: 5
Views: 4001

Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing

<t>Though I didn't do one, I think DTCs are a pretty good idea for most people who want to do a PhD. Didn't look into this particular one a great deal but I know people who have done 4 year DTCs at other places. You typically get to do 2 or 3 potentially quite different projects in the first year, o...
by jimmybob
October 5th, 2014, 5:23 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Tier 2 Model Validation - Good place to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 6798

Tier 2 Model Validation - Good place to start?

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: Marco72QuoteI understand the lack of job security, but should one then choose a stable hedge fund? like DE Shaw, Citadel, Jump Trading etc.You don't choose to work for the likes of DE Shaw, they choose you.Pull the other one! You simply apply online, as for many other e...
by jimmybob
September 27th, 2014, 5:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: SuperDerivatives
Replies: 4
Views: 4374

SuperDerivatives

<t>Thanks both for your replies.punkfanatic - sounds about right.Dominic -Quote1: What, exactly will you be doing at SD ? Some of the work will be modelling, some will be understanding the fine details of this area, etc.Working on (i.e. coding) derivatives pricing products that they sell to clients ...
by jimmybob
September 26th, 2014, 7:33 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: SuperDerivatives
Replies: 4
Views: 4374

SuperDerivatives

<t>Just wondered if anyone has experience with a company called SuperDerivatives? They are hiring at the moment for 'independent portfolio revaluation'. Might this be a good opportunity for a first job in finance for an aspiring quant? I have formed some of my own opinions, but I'd be interested in ...
by jimmybob
August 14th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: hiring genius?
Replies: 9
Views: 5964

hiring genius?

QuoteOriginally posted by: tagomaWilling to share this brilliant blog entry.Why you shouldn't employ too many geniusesI dont think that guy is as 'clever' as he thinks he is. He cant even use apostrophes correctly.
by jimmybob
July 28th, 2014, 8:31 am
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Python tricks
Replies: 233
Views: 34325

Python tricks

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: tagomawhat are the (dis)advantages of the command from [module] import * over import [module],eg from abc import * over import abc?from [module] import * will import all names in [module] to the global namespace. In general this will pollute the global namespace with lo...
by jimmybob
July 22nd, 2014, 6:57 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Is algo trading a load of rubbish?
Replies: 57
Views: 8233

Is algo trading a load of rubbish?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: barnyNo. I am not confusing the two. HFT is mostly about using your knowledge of flow to front run exchanges. That really is value-less to society. Algo trading is using algorithms to make trading decisions, usually automated. At the end of the day, you are just feeding...
by jimmybob
June 29th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Is this a stupid idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 4900

Is this a stupid idea?

<t>Hello, I don't have experience of gluing together Python and VBA but I do have experience gluing Python and C++, Python and Fortran, and I have used things like py2exe and cxfreeze in the past for various things. In general doing this kind of thing has not been very fun, it is a lot of fiddling a...
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