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Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street

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Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall st. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light.

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Amazing to see more about the HFT world
Amazing to see more about the HFT world..looks so far away from normal trading

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Decent movie
Decent , movie , gives you insight in to algorithm and HFT trading, You wont learn much , but its a good watch for 1 time

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Trader975 Lindon, Uxbridge

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Good Flick
Good introduction to how math plays in wall street. Though it barely scratches the surface. as a former quant, I can attest that the methods used are much more outlandish than the typical black scholes equation... that ish is archaic. entertaining definitely.

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Math
This movie seeks to teach the audience the various responsibilities quants have on Wall St. It also opens your eyes to the world of Computer Science, Math, and Physics.

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not entertaining but very useful
great to understand how computers work in wall street and what is the opinion of mathematicians about it. a must-watched document!

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Adika223 Nyiregyhaza

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Eye Opener
If you don't know about high frequency trading then this will really help open your eyes to some of the things out there in the market that you can be facing on a daily basis.

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BillDazeTrades Daytona Beach, Florida

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Yeah... This is really great - easy to watch too!
I had this on my 'to watch' list but kept putting it off as I imagined it would be a bit heavy weight - not at all! It's only short, about 45 mins as I remember. Really, really interesting guys, total madness what is happening on Wall Street now, it's like a prediction for the end of the world as we know it!

Even if this is not your style of trading, watch it; it's great entertainment and the ideas behind quants are explained very clearly in layman's terms. Even somebody not interested in finance would find this a good watch.

2 thumbs up!

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Short, somewhat narrow peek into the world
It relies on about 4 quants - the only name I remember is Paul Wilmott. It still doesn't really get detailed enough to be truly educational, but it does get into more details than the average movie (even documentary) - for example, Paul mentions that the assumed correlation in most models is 0.6 and that most of the models are linear rather than nonlinear.

I did like the oyster-farmers' perspective on life.

At the end it got into the possible dangers of high-frequency trading. Interesting for people who haven't heard much about finance, but pretty basic overall.

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A great Dutch TV documentary about quantitative finance
If the facade of quantitative finance is overwhelming and you need a good contextual example to understand the world of quants, as well as various subjects to give diversity in perspective, this is a great watch. The models made to price subprime loans during the Clinton and Bush years are lightly discussed, but more importantly, the sociological effects of modeling complex and sometimes unpredictable people is discussed.

Highly recommended.

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LonnieHampton Charleston, South Carolina

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Must watch
In order to see what you are up against in the markets, this is a must watch. It gives you a closer look at some of the people that really influence the market and how they have come to do so.

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