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by PaperCut
June 21st, 2009, 1:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofa...If governments were involved, they would use diplomatic couriers, no risk of being caught by customs officials.But a government was involved. Or at least the BOJ Deputy Governor's brother-in-law. My guess is that the Fed / Treasury / whomever has been issui...
by PaperCut
June 19th, 2009, 1:00 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: SWAPTION question....
Replies: 9
Views: 37947

SWAPTION question....

Sorry to be a knucklehead, which book are we talking about?Thanks
by PaperCut
June 19th, 2009, 1:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Intellectual Property
Replies: 11
Views: 38675

Intellectual Property

<t>Music, algorithms, software?regarding music, here is a story from the AP:*****************************Jury rules against Minn. woman in download caseBy STEVE KARNOWSKI – 58 minutes agoMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A replay of the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial has ended with the same result ...
by PaperCut
June 18th, 2009, 5:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: farmerIf they are fake bonds, then some Japanese bank employee has been copying down serial numbers. Since the real ones are in cold storage, then why not try to move some fakes to investors in Switzerland.Or, if there have been some bonds circulating around Asia, it co...
by PaperCut
June 16th, 2009, 3:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: rmaxNorth Korea - gotta be.The more I think about this story, the more baffled I am. (Of course I am frequently baffled when I think about anything, heh heh.)1) The certificates are fake. Who the hell has access to world-class counterfeiting technology? Only a sovereign...
by PaperCut
June 16th, 2009, 2:02 am
Forum: Forum and Website Bugs and Suggestions
Topic: Search Function
Replies: 1
Views: 38933

Search Function

<r>I love Wilmott.com - but is it me, or does the Search function kind of suck?e.g. I was poking around earlier trying to find the "Name and Shame Blame Game" thing but I couldn't. Well I eventually found it. Anyways sometimes when I want to find stuff I just use google and type something like, "myt...
by PaperCut
June 15th, 2009, 5:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to take a tour of CME floor in Chicago?
Replies: 6
Views: 38630

How to take a tour of CME floor in Chicago?

I used to work there - it's like Collector says, you need to "know someone" who can get you on the floor.
by PaperCut
June 14th, 2009, 4:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<t>From the Treasury website, top holders of US treasuries are:China, Mainland 767.90 Japan 686.70 Carib Bnkng Ctrs 4/ 213.60 Oil Exporters 3/ 192.00 Russia 138.40 United Kingdom 2/ 128.20 Brazil 126.60 Luxembourg 106.10 Hong Kong 78.90 Taiwan 74.80 Switzerland 67.70 Germany 55.00 Ireland 54.70 Sing...
by PaperCut
June 13th, 2009, 2:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<t>On its face, this sounds like a Laurel and Hardy episode.Seriously, who is the genius who made this call? "Let's try to get over the border. Just put them in the briefcase."$134 billion!?If you had that kind of dough, couldn't you shoot it over the border on a ballistic missile or something? How ...
by PaperCut
June 12th, 2009, 6:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bond Smugglers? WTF?
Replies: 19
Views: 39956

Bond Smugglers? WTF?

<r>Now this is an explanation I would love to hear. Note this is Billion with a B.From Bloomberg:Japan Probes Report Two Seized With Undeclared Bonds (Update2) By Shunichi Ozasa and Makiko KitamuraJune 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japan is investigating reports two of its citizens were detained in Italy after ...
by PaperCut
June 12th, 2009, 12:50 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: base salary vs. annual draw against bonus
Replies: 5
Views: 40575

base salary vs. annual draw against bonus

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: Galerkinhi all, in offer letters I have usually seen the compensations described as: base salary + bonus (discretionary or formula based against pnl performance). I have received an offer where the base is not really a base and it is described as: "your annual draw (aga...
by PaperCut
June 12th, 2009, 12:49 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: help me to get out of this hell...or is it too late?
Replies: 12
Views: 39568

help me to get out of this hell...or is it too late?

QuoteOriginally posted by: farmerso fucking limitedso limited are weimprisoned in small shipsbobbing in the seaset our sails for sundomkingdoms of the future pastguided towards the sunsetdreams can never lastPretty good!
by PaperCut
June 11th, 2009, 12:43 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How much should I expect?
Replies: 38
Views: 42358

How much should I expect?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: pgeek1a HF with approx $200M under managementI have MS in Engineering and some publications, with no experience apart from internships. The role is not in NYC, but in a place with a cost of living more like Seattle or Phoenix. The HF is very small, like 4-5 guys. Most w...
by PaperCut
June 10th, 2009, 10:23 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: help me to get out of this hell...or is it too late?
Replies: 12
Views: 39568

help me to get out of this hell...or is it too late?

<t>Don't panic!!Realize that we are living through a time when all the world's major financial firms have been hammered pretty well.If the "full frontal assault" upon big firms (investment banks) isn't working, then try the classic "flanking maneuver!!"That is, try for a quant / trading position at ...
by PaperCut
June 10th, 2009, 1:03 am
Forum: Numerical Methods Forum
Topic: MATLAB funny computation time
Replies: 13
Views: 40955

MATLAB funny computation time

<t>Yes, that's exactly right. I'm trying to get a grip on computational time for a batch.QuoteOfcourse you know well that the OS and other processes are doing weird things behind the scenes, something that will make any short measurement nonsense... so what am I missing?I don't really know that much...
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