Category Archives: Corporate Life

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Three Parrots

A colleague of mine told this story of three parrots during a meeting in front of our common boss, who was not impressed at all. Continue reading

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Instant Water Heater

Here is how an engineer would replace an instant water heater. Continue reading

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Draw Seven Perpendicular Red Lines Using Transparent Green Ink

When it comes to business development, branding, you have to look for discontinuities, think outside the box, and not be constrained by conventionality, geometry etc. This short YouTube video will help. Continue reading

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How to Act Young

Practical advice on staying young. Or faking it. Continue reading

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Battles Too Small to Fight

Many companies owe small sums of money to us. Should we ignore it because the sum is small, or fight it because their loot is huge? Continue reading

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Uninsured by Default

On the shady reimbursement practices of insurance companies. Continue reading

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Where to Go from Here?

Winding up this long series with book recommendations. All right, recommending my own book… Continue reading

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Other Trade Perspectives

The perspective that is most common in the bank is still trade-centric. But view that the whole bank appreciates is the view of the senior management, which is narrowly focussed on the bottom line. Here is more about such perspectives. Continue reading

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Middle Office

The perspective employed by the Middle Office team is that of queues running in a first-in, first-out mode. Continue reading

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Are You Busy?

Here is why it is important to be busy. And why what keeps us busy should at times be pointless. Continue reading

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Quant Developers

The product-centric view of the quantitative developer suits their work paradigm. Continue reading

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Quants

The perspective of the mathematical wizards of the bank, and why they often appear far-removed from the rest of the bank. Continue reading

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Trade Perspectives

In this last section of this post series on how a bank works, we will see how the quants, quantitative developers and the middle office professionals (and the rest) see trades and trading activity. Continue reading

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Summary — Life of a Trade

Quick summary of the section on the trade lifecycle, before we move on to the final section on the perspectives held dear by various business units in a bank. Continue reading

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Termination

On the termination phase of the life of a trade. Continue reading

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Retirement — a Wife’s View

Work and life, retirement and eulogy — through allegories. Continue reading

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Validation and Processing

Once a trade is booked into the trading platform, it is monitored and processed on a daily basis. Here is a short summary of such activities. Continue reading

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Capitalism vs. Corporatism

On the curious distinction between corporatism and capitalism. Why is one good and the other bad? Continue reading

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Trade Inception

On the activities around product conceptualization and trade inception. Continue reading

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Life of a Trade

In this second series on the inner workings of an investment bank, we look at trade lifecycle. Continue reading

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