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Quant Pathway Advice

Postby z_ong » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:25 pm

Hi mj,

If my aim is to carve out a career track of a quant developer or front desk quant, may I know which areas of financial mathematics should I aim to focus and specialise in? For research or when doing a PhD topic for example.

I may be considering to apply and get admitted into the MSc Financial Mathematics at Kings, and then probably go on and complete their PhD in Financial Mathematics as well. But so far, it seems like LSE and Warwick are ahead of Kings in terms of their MSc FinMath, so will doing a MSc FinMath by Kings help to get me a quant or junior quant role? and whats your opinion on KCL's MSc FM at present? On the other hand, should I focus on completing my PhD in FM before seeking out a quant career? and for a PhD in FM, whats your opinion on the one by Kings? Or are others better?

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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby mj » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:27 pm

well it all comes down to the supervisor.

Ultimately if you to be a quant, find a supervisor who does something that people in industry actually care about.
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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby z_ong » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:50 pm

Hi mj,

Thanks for your reply. Will stochastic calculus/analysis/PDEs be a good area of focus if I will like to pursue a quant dev. or front-desk quant career? or are there other better ones?
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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby mj » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:05 pm

if you master stochastic calculus/analysis/PDEs you will be well placed for derivatives pricing jobs.
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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby z_ong » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:14 pm

what about for quant dev. or front-desk quants? are there any particular topics or areas that closely encirle them?

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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby mj » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:24 pm

well courses tend to match to topics rather than roles. So if the quant dev or front office roles are doing derivatives pricing you'll be fine.
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Re: Quant Pathway Advice

Postby z_ong » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:48 am

Hi mj,

Thanks so much for the sound advice. By the way, will topics on numerical analysis/probability/monte carlo simulation be useful for a quant as well? Its best not to focus on a rather financial topic as compared to a mathematical one am I right?
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