In the hedge fund world, quantitative analyst work closely with traders to develop trading models based on Statistics and Computational Mathematics. Entire funds are built upon quant models, so often the “Quants” are in high demand in the hedge fund world. And for the masters of quantitative finance, quantitative hedge fund jobs are in high demand.
Quantitative analysts can develop new or maintain legacy systems for portfolio management, financial statement calculations, position reconciliations, and prime broker interfaces. Quantitative models are often developed to automate the process of exploiting market inefficiencies. The success of the model is highly dependent on the the theories used in its development and its ability to react in real-time to stock market conditions.
Quantitative hedge fund jobs usually require experience with portfolio construction, multi variant regression analysis and risk models. Many quant hedge fund jobs call for a Masters or PhD with a background in statistics and mathematics, and often the most successful firms hire only from the top colleges and universities. Some technical skills often required include: C++, Matlab, Oracle, Perl, SQL, and VB.
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