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I wrote about this a long time ago here:


I think most of what I wrote is still valid.

I believe the below reference:


and the book Heard on teh street are also great refresher's for the type of material you'll need.


To be honest most of this won't matter, the number one qualification for becoming a quant is a Phd from a top tier university.

I'm one of the very few quants i've met that doesn't have a Phd, if you don't have one then its going to be a tough road ahead. YOu'll often hear people call themselves a quantitative developer if they come from a computer science background.

That might be the most over used phrase on wall street:) It's kind of akin to calling yourself an architect, in that one firms architect is another's junior developer. The term really means nothing and is given out like water, sort of how the engineering term gets tossed around in software dev firms.

I've got a pretty long back list of emails from hacker news to get through but if you have any questions about the job, please feel free to email. Just keep in mind that between year end, the US election and life a reply might take a while.

EDIT sorry I see that someone used the term quant dev while I was typing. No insult intended. There are some amazing quant dev people on the street.

You stress the importance of having a Phd - How much of that is because it's really needed and how much of it is a filter / credibility signal?

You need to learn the maths and for that there is nothing close to sitting down in a master/phd classroom for years, doing hard exercises for the whole duration of it, that could get you fired of the school if you ever get a single one wrong at an exam.

Is there a reason you linked the 12e of the book? Is the 16e not the latest and greatest? It does seem like they just reprint every 2 years and increase the cost $30....

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