While all of you might have been looking away, I've settled down with my trusty excel and done the following.
1st of May, Called up as many banks, investment firms and research firms as possible.
More than 40 larger organizations have already had my call or gotten an email from me. I still have large number to go and will sadly not have time to call or produce emails before the weekend is upon us. If any of you have already been contacted by me, ask your receptionist if anyone from Denmark called during the week or check your company email addresses, I'm sure to have had an email going to your company if it's anywhere on the top 10 list found on google.
I'm doing this to better understand what all of us are thinking about and what we might be capable of doing to develop ourselves in regards to finance, I've used the search engines on the quantforums Wilmotts and QuantNET to research the following.
What is the difference between the new comers and the pros?
What mathematics, programming and general expertise divides the two groups?
What topics do the new comers look at? What do the pros look at? What do the pros of the pros look at?
How well connected is the quants community to reality? Do they interact with the more down to earth parts of the financial world? Brokers, other researchers and consumers?
Going forward I will also be doing research from two more perspectives, I will be seeking out brokers, government connections such as the FED, taxing departments in my own country and ECB, alongside those I'll be adding on technical analysts to correspond expertise areas from Quants and Technical analysts.
1. Absorb, store and process all the necessary data from Broker and investment researcher sites and forums, via FB, forums and other sites(to be found soon)
Ask the brokers, investment researchers and others about the following in simple terms
What mathematics do you use for understanding the financial markets?
How exposed to news, psychology, interpersonal relations, poltics and the consumers are you?
Are you well connected with the other groups Quants, brokers, Investment researchers?
What topics are trending for these groups? In here it's maths and particularly SDEs PDEs stochastics, what turns the crank for brokers, investment researchers and so on, is there anything to be learned?
What do these people look at mostly?
2. After gathering data I will start crunching on the following major topics
What do everybody look at collectively as in data? Where do they find it?
Are there differences? Are they Major? Could any particular group become better?
What Major topics fills the heads of everyone? Volatility? Risk? Crisis? Debt?
Who is most exposed to the real world? Who could take being exposed a little more?
What are the forefronts? And who are the front runners?
When I move along on all of this I will be updating my statistics and diagrams everywhere to keep all of you updated with what I find. I won't promise beauty in my diagrams and statistics, but I will move towards getting them to look better as I reach the finishing line. I also have put out a series of questions on a large number of forums, if any of you stumble across one of those. PLEASE! Do reply
Best regards Mark Brezina