Quantitative Financial Market Analyst

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A quantitative financial market analyst is a person who works in finance using numerical or quantitative techniques.

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Quantitative financial market analysts often come from mathematics or physics backgrounds rather than finance related fields, and they are a major source of employment for people with physics and mathematics Ph.D's.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I and II Differential Equations Linear Algebra

When Math Is Used: 

A typical problem for a numerically oriented quantitative analyst would be to develop a model for pricing and managing a complex derivative product.

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Quantitative financial market analysts work in the financial markets, specifically in the banking industry to support trading and sales functions.


Harry Markowitz's 1952 Ph.D thesis "Portfolio Selection" was one of the first papers to formally adapt mathematical concepts to finance.


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