Do you have what it takes to be a quant? This article on quora lists two of the most commonly asked interview questions and answers in mathematical finance (quants also need increasingly strong computational skills, which this post does not address).
The first question (Feynman-Kac’s theorem) focuses on knowledge and the manipulation of the mathematics that quants apply every day. The skills required to answer are the same needed to follow financial modeling literature and conferences. The second question (model-free valuation of binary options) focuses on agility and reasoning, and tests the skills required to apply mathematics to resolve modeling problems.
Antoine Savine is a French mathematician, academic and a leading derivatives research professional with Danske Bank in Copenhagen. Antoine also teaches Volatility and Computational Finance at Copenhagen University. He is the author of Modern Computational Finance with John Wiley and Sons.
Antoine holds a PhD in Mathematics, and is best known for his work on volatility and interest rate models. He was influential in the development of cashflow scripting, the application of generalized derivatives to volatility, and the wide adoption of AAD in financial systems.
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