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    I suppose the quant-relevant maths only needs to be practiced at uni though (if you're intent on doing a maths degree). Preparing for the uni course is probably better for you than preparing to be a quant at this time.


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    Yeah, plus I'm not even sure if I want to be a quant... I may choose to be an actuary, or even an academic if I end up enjoying uni-level maths that much
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    Yeah, plus I'm not even sure if I want to be a quant... I may choose to be an actuary, or even an academic if I end up enjoying uni-level maths that much
    I know I want to work in the buy side, but whether as a Quant or a Quant Trader I'm not sure.


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    I know I want to work in the buy side, but whether as a Quant or a Quant Trader I'm not sure.


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    Is a quant trader basically just a quant who trades?
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    Is a quant trader basically just a quant who trades?
    Kinda. They're traders who apply quant level analysis to their trades.


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    Spanish exam in 2 and a half hours, but until then I don't have to be in school :ahee:
    Going in about half an hour. I'm watching anime atm :moon:
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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    Don't quite know whether I'd be delighted as I'm not doing maths at college.

    So I'll be doing:

    AS/A2 Mathematics
    AS/A2 Further Mathematics
    AS/A2 Additional Further Mathematics
    AS/A2 Economics
    AS/A2 Computing

    Two years to get to Quant-level Mathematics knowledge.
    Seems like a good selection. My school doesn't offer economics so I'll try and see if I could schedule it at another school during the week.
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    Is a quant trader basically just a quant who trades?
    Well, they usually develop complex algorithms that get applied to the trading that they do. THey would have to analyze their current style (or the firm's) and use high-level probability to determine if they can beat the market or at least anticipate an event within the market.
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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    Kinda. They're traders who apply quant level analysis to their trades.


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    I see.

    On a slightly different note, I've just realised, you might want to think a little harder about doing Additional Further Maths. Unless you've done modules early, no Jan exams means you'll be taking 9 maths modules per exam session!
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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    I know I want to work in the buy side, but whether as a Quant or a Quant Trader I'm not sure.


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    I've been debating between physical commodities trading, strategy consulting or IBD/Venture Capital. The first two require you to travel (which I lurve), while the last would ensure a relatively high salary to start.. Also, on the physical commods side, it's similar to engineering where you can move around as an expat to developing countries but I fear that it would be tough getting an MBA so I can focus on starting the business. Oh how I wish time would fast forward
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Seems like a good selection. My school doesn't offer economics so I'll try and see if I could schedule it at another school during the week.
    Hopefully so. They all have application to potential future careers and they're linked enough to compliment the entry requirements of any of the degrees I'd like to pursue.


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    (Original post by justinawe)
    I see.

    On a slightly different note, I've just realised, you might want to think a little harder about doing Additional Further Maths. Unless you've done modules early, no Jan exams means you'll be taking 9 maths modules per exam session!
    I'm confident that I could manage the workload though. Most of the 12 weeks I have until the start of college will be devoted to self studying A-Level material, especially Maths. I had planned to do a separate subject initially but an Additional Further Maths qualification would be accomplishable since half of my choices were Maths anyway.


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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    Hopefully so. They all have application to potential future careers and they're linked enough to compliment the entry requirements of any of the degrees I'd like to pursue.


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    Are you just applying to Harvard next year or do you have some other colleges in mind as well?
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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    I'm confident that I could manage the workload though. Most of the 12 weeks I have until the start of college will be devoted to self studying A-Level material, especially Maths. I had planned to do a separate subject initially but an Additional Further Maths qualification would be accomplishable since half of my choices were Maths anyway.


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    Fair enough, just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into

    Have you done anything other than GCSE Maths so far? Like FSMQ or something?
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    I've been debating between physical commodities trading, strategy consulting or IBD/Venture Capital. The first two require you to travel (which I lurve), while the last would ensure a relatively high salary to start.. Also, on the physical commods side, it's similar to engineering where you can move around as an expat to developing countries but I fear that it would be tough getting an MBA so I can focus on starting the business. Oh how I wish time would fast forward
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    Depends what you want out of it. If you want a good international network for a business related to commodities, the latter is of course preferable. Otherwise, IB would offer better capital for the initial costs to set up the business and provide superior general networking.

    As for the MBA, the IB route would probably be far more suitable if you're more confident you could get it.

    Indeed.


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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Are you just applying to Harvard next year or do you have some other colleges in mind as well?
    Harvard, MIT, Stanford are the ones Im looking at in America. Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick and possibly NChum for Britain.


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    (Original post by justinawe)
    Fair enough, just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into

    Have you done anything other than GCSE Maths so far? Like FSMQ or something?
    School refused to enter anyone for FSMQ and had no teachers on hand to teach us AS content.


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    Harvard, MIT, Stanford are the ones Im looking at in America. Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick and possibly NChum for Britain.


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    I'm only applying to Stanford and UC Berkeley in the US, cause I have family close by
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    (Original post by Aurorae)
    Harvard, MIT, Stanford are the ones Im looking at in America. Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick and possibly NChum for Britain.


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    Wahh :eek:. Are you positive you'll get into those three? My list is about 15 (I need financial aid though), surely there are more in the Ivy League that interest you or the other top 10? I would recommend applying to at least six to hedge the risk of rejections because last time I checked Harvard had an acceptance rate of 5.9%, Stanford 6.6% and MIT 8.9%. So not really in your favour. Admissions - at elite universities - in the states are a lot more random and you'll never know if you will get in. Unlike in Britain where it's more of a sure bet.

    Other colleges like: Duke, Upenn(It has Wharton), Princeton(Awesome engineering and math programs) and Northwestern (In chicago near all the prop firms and awesome at quantitative subjects); are quite good at placing people on wall street as well.
 
 
 
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