Applied mathematics with a focus on probability and stochastic processes.
I love math and spent many years in school studying it. The financial market has a complexity which encourages me to use the skills I learned in my research, think deeper, and continue learning.
I was watching High Stakes Poker and noticed that a player’s hat had “SIG” on it. After a bit of research, I learned that the poker player was a quant at SIG, one of the top trading firms.
I did an internship with SIG’s Quantitative Research team. It was both challenging and fun. My mentors helped me a lot, from explaining concepts to solving technical problems. I enjoyed the internship experience and decided to join the firm after that.
My job is unique because it is dynamic. I work on different projects with different groups including traders, technologists, and other quants. This encourages me to learn new concepts quickly, like how to build a mathematical problem from a trading idea. After solving the problem, I also need to help translate the solution into a computer program so it can be used in production by traders and other researchers.
Teamwork in the most crucial part in my job. Trading ideas usually come from discussions with traders. Very often I will need certain data or tools for testing new ideas. This cannot be done without the help from other people like quants and technologists. Once the ideas are proven to be valid, we will work together to put them in production.
Having finance experience is useful, but knowing math and programming is valuable, too. Don’t worry about lacking finance knowledge, SIG has very good education programs and will teach you what you need to know.
SIG is definitely one of the best trading firms. What makes SIG stand out is that it really values education. You will learn about trading, decision science, and poker from the best people.
Good food, museums, and art galleries. Also the living spaces are larger than what’s available in other cities.
I like to solve and discuss math and algo puzzles at home. My cat actually listens to me whenever I talk about puzzles, I think she can even solve some simple ones now.
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