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 quarter, and this does not bode well for the new year, at least in hiring terms.
In any case, life goes on. I want to wish everyone a happy new year — and hope everyone who was looking for a job got a "Plan B"!
Good luck, as always.