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comment What are good internship positions I should look for as an undergrad student?
...or made a seemingly impossible career change for the right reasons, than someone who moved straight from private kinder garden through the elite schooling system, to U Penn, fraternities, lacrosse, and all that other stuff that kids go through that never had to suffer nor experience much pain due to their fortunate family backgrounds. And when you look at the top performers in financial space or for that matter any space then you will see that such people often exhibit highly volatile histories. Blanket statements like BSc vs MBA/MFE make little sense.
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comment What are good internship positions I should look for as an undergrad student?
...make a career change from a hard science field to the field of finance via an MFE program. You can also study linguistics or music as undergrad and turn into one of the best managers of risk in the financial space. Not sure what your grip with MFE programs is but anything is possible if you have a passion and determination. On my desk I toss most of the CVs into the garbage that look way too polished and that reflect a past where the individual has hardly ever taken risk or displayed failure before standing up and moving on. I generally am impressed by anyone who worked their way up...
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comment What are good internship positions I should look for as an undergrad student?
@madilyn, overpriced? Probably yes, and yes MFEs are designed to train students with extensive work experience in computer science or related fields to enter the world of finance to apply their scientific skillsets. I am not sure what medals you are talking about and I do not think it matters but in my MFE program most students had several years of solid programming, advising, or statistical analysis experience at top companies under their belt before they joined the MFE program. There are many ways to skin a cat. You can work yourself up as undergrad within finance or you can...
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comment How do exchanges make money?
@sure it would be irrational, if that was indeed the case but everyone has access to market and limit orders. Not even many professionals, on the other hand, have access to HNS or similar order types. And the fact that you nowadays need to maintain access to more than a dozen exchanges in the US just to stay competitive makes it clear how ludicrous the US stock exchange landscape has become. The fact that it matters more how fast data travels between exchanges rather than from the order originator to the targeted exchange speaks for itself.
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comment How do I calculate Sharpe ratio from P&L?
@afekz, well in the end you choose your tools. Anyone who uses Sharpe ratio metrics should know precisely what they measure. You cant come later and complain that SR did not account for operational risk or model risk. And I simply pointed out that SRs can be derived from P&L, regardless of the avg holding period of positions. And I am not happy to digress because I prefer to stay on topic. If you want to explore better measures then please open a new thread or ask a different question.
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comment how to use known premium of options to determine premium of options with another strike?
Thanks for the clarification. I would still disagree with the described "shape". Especially currency option volatility smiles can hardly be described as linear on either side of the atm strike.
Oct
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comment Where can I find literature (books, articles, etc.) about basic HFT / arbitrage strategies?
Excuse me but how are ANY of the above topics related to high frequency trading? Most everything in hft is related to the efficiency of hardware and technology rather than making probabilistic assumptions and/or predictions (other than of the most simple and computationally efficient kind). You would never reach microsecond space if you had to perform calculations that originated from any of the above topics you listed. And please do not confuse the latency space Simons operated/operated in with hft.(-1)
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comment What are good internship positions I should look for as an undergrad student?
...trading positions. Maybe not for a hft shop but my MFE at CMU got me started in exotic options pricing and trading. And that is how most everyone is hired at such desks unless they already possess solid work experience.
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comment What are good internship positions I should look for as an undergrad student?
a) I think most any practitioner would prefer a solid PhD who finished the program but no work experience vs any academic dropout with an internship. An internship means nothing. Actually I look at it negatively. If an intern could not secure a job in the same firm what does that tell you? Of course solid work experience in a related position is an entirely different story. b) MFEs do not ever cover tax issues nor annuities. What you describe is what MBAs cover in their finance 20x courses...c) jump diffusion models, stochastic calc, and the forth are HIGHLY applicable to front office and...
Oct
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comment how to use known premium of options to determine premium of options with another strike?
@barrycarter, could you please elaborate? It is either linear or exhibits different slopes on either side (in which case it is hardly linear). I would argue that the function of the smile highly depends on the exact type of underlying asset but rarely is it linear (except in special cases).
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comment How do I calculate Sharpe ratio from P&L?
I agree with you that Sharpe is a poor metric, there are better ways to assess risk adjusted returns. But certainly it is not to model the probability of an operational blowup. Its like heavily overweighting the jump probabilities in a jump diffusion model as part of option pricing, for example. And of course does a lot of the intraday volatility (hopefully) vanish when the law of larger numbers kicks in, that is precisely the central reason for the existence of hft shops ;-)
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comment How do I calculate Sharpe ratio from P&L?
@afekz, I disagree. Of course does anyone in this space primarily concern himself with trading risk not operational risk. You can't argue that just because every now and then an operational issue blows up everyone thinks all day long about how much it would cost if their servers or some tiny bit of code blew up. Yes maybe an operational manager. But firms like this are run and driven by those who generate revenues not those who keep costs down. Profit centers have always trumped cost centers.
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comment How do exchanges make money?
Furthermore I think you may not fully appreciate why Reg NMS is in the spotlight. A financial market's most important property is the trust by investors and the knowledge that transactions are conducted in a fair, open, and orderly fashion. This can hardly be said of the current fragmented equity market in the US, or can it? I like how you extracted (yourself or from other source) how exchanges generate revenues, but your diversion into hft is misplaced and not entirely honest imho.
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comment How do exchanges make money?
I find your line of reasoning re HFT quite flawed, at least as you presented it here. Some of the practices by some HFT players in equity space are not under scrutiny as a function of how exchanges generate revenues. The two are completely unrelated. And nobody denied HFT are middle men, well I would actually challenge that because a used car dealer is making markets in cars even during an economic crisis, hft firms are nowhere to be found during extreme market volatility, hence they hardly fulfill the classic definition of a financial market middle man.
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comment Forex buying 2000+ pip difference
@rupweb, the scenario, outline by OP, clearly indicates were are talking about a retail broker and quite a shady one to say the least. If they already engage in keeping such pitfalls open for clients to fall into then chances are very high they are unregulated to start with which means they do not see a reason to let the client off the hook given such shady technique netted them money. An initial loss of 5k is way enough for most such brokers to justify ignoring the client's request. Just my 2 hunches but this question actually does not belong on this site.
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comment Is there anyone still using Markowitz modern portfolio theory?
Of course do fund managers care about their performance. But it is shocking to see fund managers padding themselves on their shoulder just because they outperformed most of their peers by an average 2% while they may in absolute terms have lost 20% in a given year. Where did I hint at the possibility that fund managers might not care about their performance?
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revised Is there anyone still using Markowitz modern portfolio theory?
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comment Forex buying 2000+ pip difference
I strongly disagree with your point. Many (if not most) currency retail brokers are unregulated and make no qualms about it. If someone funded accounts with them and got their .... ripped wide open then it is mostly the fault of the investor/"trader" because he/she signed contractual agreements. Even the most unethical brokers legally protect themselves by including contractual clauses that provide for the fact that investors agree with the price feeds and hence spreads they execute trades on. One can try to claw back money but the emphasis here is on hope rather than any certainty.
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answered Is there anyone still using Markowitz modern portfolio theory?