QuoteOriginally posted by: I106402Hi,I have completed the CQF last June 2006. It is a sound training, but 6 months evening is definitely too short to cover all what the quant world can offer you. For my personal taste & professional use, it was too much concentrated on option pricing, very too much...actually it would be better called "Certificate in option pricer"
...no I exagerate a bit, but this is normal in six months...Now it helped me greatly to have insights about what is possible in Quantitative finance, a good entry point in the Quantitative finance community in London (though I am not located in London)...I believe it is certainly worth the effort (no social life for six months if you are not well advanced in maths & stochastic calculus), but I do not believe it is worth the price...something you do if your company pays for it (my case)I have a question for you folks: What do you think about part time PhD?? do you know any good university allowing for part time PhD? When I google it I find diverse & opposite opinion about this... I am greatly interested by defining/finding an automatic investment (investment, not trading in the sense of optimal trade execution...) quantitative scheme in the Fund of fund (of fund of hedge fund) context, most probably using AI programming (I do not know this field yet)=> But I do not have the time or the resource to stop working for 3 years & do not want to wait 5 years to be with an employer for him to support this research (I want to be my own boss at the end) FYI I am currently in the CFA program (awaiting 2nd level results) >> My purpose as mentioned is to start by Quantitative software provider company in the above context, probably more in Europe where it only starts to get attention & eventually if mother nature likes me move forward to establish a quantitative investment boutique...but this is really not anywhere near future =//Every intelligent comment welcome, specifically on part-time PhDMany thanks1)Regarding P/T PhD, there are some....but there are some conditions:Your team had some relationship with some big name at academia(normally, the head/director was the student of this Big name), then you can do a real-case PhD, P/T, by supervised this big name. Quite few examples...Cambridge - BoA/CITI; Carnegie Mellon - GS/LM....2)Regarding the Algo TradingYou missed a very good conference on Programme Trading(Algorithmic Trading) conference which organised by CARISMA last week