Pride and Pretention

On the dangers of achieving your goals. Continue reading

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Pursuit of Knowledge

What is your goal in life? What was mine? Continue reading

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Summing Up

A short series on my take-aways in life. 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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Replace Halogen with LED

On how I decided to go green. And why I needed antibiotics. And what the Hindi word nasook means. 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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How Should I Die?

When my time comes bow out, how should I want to do it? 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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How to Take Beautiful Pictures

How to make use of the dreaded backlight and take beautiful portraits and nature shots. 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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Why Do We Drink?

What is the relation between alcohol and superheroes? Here are some philosophical reasons to get drunk. 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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Chinese Names

Here are some Chinese names and their translations. Just for laughs… :-) Continue reading

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