Monthly Archives: January 2009

Interview Question: Destruction Visited

Sample Question #307 (programming – C++)   In C++, when is a class’s destructor called? What exactly happens to the data storage and namespace when the destructor is executed?   [Typical real-world question that tests your fundamental knowledge of the inner … Continue reading

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Changing Definition of “Quant”

Nowadays, when I see an ad for a "quant" job opening, chances are it’s a developer position — usually a quantitative developer position. In the last six months, it’s becoming rarer and rarer to see a quant position in the … Continue reading

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Interview Question: Playing Volatility

Sample Question #306 (finance case question)   Let’s say you expect market volatility to go up significantly over the next six months. List at least three ways by which you can profit from this expectation (assuming you’ll be right, of … Continue reading

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Interview Question: TV Episodes

Sample Question #305 (statistics)   A children’s claymation show called Little People has five major characters: Eddie, Sarah Lynn, Sonya Lee, Maggie, and Michael. Each Little People show has five stories (episodes), each story focusing on one of the five … Continue reading

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Where Has Brett Been?

As you can see I haven’t updated this blog in two months. I’m now involved with an Internet-based distance learning start-up called TNC Networks (http://www.tncnetworks.com), plus my family recently welcomed a new member, so I’m left with little — actually … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Wow, what a terrible year it has been for the quant field! No need for me to repeat here what you already know. One thing that totally surprised me is how fast the hedge fund losses snowballed in the last … Continue reading

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