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How I Became a Quant: Insights from 25 of Wall Street's Elite

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The "quants"——Wall Street's disciples of quantitative analysis——have become the mar-ket's new superstars. Their mathematical models are now the basis for such financial market innovations as exotic derivatives, structured investment products...
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For the Serious Quant Wannabe Only
This book gives 24 chapters of stories from different people. These quants are learned and respectable guys: many of them have PhD's from top business schools. Some of them stumbled upon the world of Finance quite by chance and others wanted to be there from when they were in nappies.

I struggled through the book. Some of the chapters are good and some are really boring as the authors ramble on like true academics about how many papers they have written and which journals they have been in. Some also enjoy name-dropping a lot which I found irritating. Other chapters are just simply too complex for the man in the street. An example is: "I notice that the straightforward code in Numerical Recipes only goes to a fairly low number of dimensions: 6! Whilst they tabulate the required primitive polynomials modulo two up to dimension 160, the equally crucial initialisation numbers are only there up to dimension 6..." Really?

I am sure this means a lot to some mathematicians and is elegant and beautiful but I struggled to get excited about it. I have completed 3 years of Engineering Maths and that was enough thanks.

Overall, I would recommend reading it only if you are considering a career deep in the quantitative modelling division of Goldman Sachs or something. If you are just an average Joe trying to pick stocks through a bit of fundamental and technical analysis in order to build up some extra cash on the side, give this one a skip...in my humble opinion.

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Market Wizards wannabe
This book tries to do for Quants what Market Wizards did for traders, the big flaw is that traders are interesting and quants are... well just quants. If you want to be a quant this might give you some useful insights, but if you don't then you're better off to skip it.

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Interesting buy poorly written, organized
Interesting buy poorly written, organized collection of first person narratives from many of the leaders in the quant revolution. Some of the story telling was kind of boring and pointless but there were some really good stories scattered around. Gives you a better understaning of the how Wall Street works and some of the instruments and strategies in played by professionals.

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