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Issues when considering a quantitative trading/finance firm

I have an upcoming quantitative trading interview (prop desk at a large bank), and I would like to have some good questions to ask about the group. However, I am changing fields from academia and I do ...
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Could banks move to continuous (rather than overnight) funding?

The dominant frequencies for Money Market and FX instruments were 6m and 3m for a long time, and banks slowly moved to commercial trades at those frequencies but funding overnight. If this is a step ...
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Where can I find data on the interbank lending market?

Where can I find disaggregated interbank lending data (i.e. bank A lends to bank B x money at y rate)? I could only find data on interest rates. I would accept LIBOR market data as well as any ...
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Why banks borrow from each other

I was reading on the topic, and would like to be sure that my understanding is correct. For the benchmark I would consider American banking system as I've mostly used sources such as FRS and Federal ...
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What is the role of Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) desks in investment banks?

What does a CVA (Credit Valuation Adjustment) desk do, and how are its activities different from other trading desks? Can you work as a quant for a CVA desk and consider your role "front office"?
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Dec 16: FED rate hike?

Various news articles state that next Wednesday a rate hike by the FED was expected. Yet when I look at fed-rate futures, nobody seems to expect that: http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/interest-rates/...
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Could we have prevented the World Economic Crisis in 2008?

There is an expression - "Too big to fall." - which means that if a bank or a financial institution manages a sufficient part of the financial assets than the state can't afford that this bank or ...
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CNY Devaluation: Why EUR up, USD down?

The second unexpected devaluation of the Chinese currency CNY caused some turbulent market movements in currencies today. I was surprised that the EUR went to a 1-week high against the USD up by ...
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How does US banks ensure that other country's banks aren't counterfeiting USD?

I have had this question for a long time. For example, if I wire 50M USD from China to the US, does the Chinese bank physically deliver 50M USD cash to the US bank? or is it just changing a number in ...
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What is a standard credit default swap contract and where can I find spread data? What alternatives exist to judge creditworthiness?

I'm doing some work for a company and one of my tasks is to research credit default swaps on banks and to write a page about them explaining what they are and how they're used to evaluate the banks' ...
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How does currency valuation depend on the cash reserve ratio for a country?

Currency valuation (with respect to other currencies) is an important parameter in finance, but how is it related to the cash reserve ratio?
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Want to understand the links and relationship between all the risk metrics?

For Example : if Risk weighted asset (RWA) increased or decreased this month, which other risk metrics could have influenced RWA to increase or decrease. Also in different situations like, upward ...
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Unrecovered debt

When reading an article about banking industry I came up with two questions. I'd be very pleased If somebody could clarify them: How concepts of unrecovered debt and NPL are related? When banks ...
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Methods or models to predict activity of clients of a bank

I'm a Physicist but I'd like to know if there are some methods or models to predict the activity of the clients of a bank. I heard that banks are interested in this sort of analysis so I got curious ...
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Best sources for worldwide balance sheet data?

I’m interested in databases with quarterly balance sheet data of the financial sector. I’m aware of the following datasets: -Compustat -Compustat Global -Bankscope Can someone point out other ...
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What are current interest rates on senior/junior/mezzanine loans for e.g. real estate developers?

For a case study I have to work on for a university course, about a real-estate-development project, I need to simulate the financing with different proportions of equity (40%), senior loan (35%), ...
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Historical list of Primary Dealers in Europe

I would be interested in a list of all the banks and financial institutions that have been Primary Dealers in the European Union from the 1980s until today. For a current list you can check this pdf ...
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Questions related to the banking crisis during the European sovereign debt crisis

I am studying the European Sovereign Debt crisis and I have the following questions which I am struggling to find examples for: 1) I have heard that during the sovereign debt crisis, European ...
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Data on banks’ leverage

Does someone know free resources to estimate the leverage of the banking and financial sector at an aggregate level? In particular I would be interested in something like Federal Reserve’s Flow of ...
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Is it likely that banks would become clients of algotrading companies? [closed]

Algotrading is growing, while banks don't currently have the HR to continually develop sophisticated algorithms on their own. Is it likely that banks (and governments) would become clients of ...