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FAST MONEY : Secrets of the Finance-Centric Global Economy By Shiv Srikantia
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By about 1995, when Wall Street discovered a new use for advanced mathematics, Investment Banks and Hedge Funds began hiring physicists with Ph.D. degrees. With a new set of formulas developed by... More > physicists who came to be known as Quants, wealth could be created by managing risk scientifically. In good faith therefore, the quant physicists set out to create an ambiance where enormous sums of borrowed money could be intelligently poured into speculative investments. Mathematical equations were now poised to shape the world’s economies in ways that mankind might never have imagined thirty years ago. As an honest career counselling guide therefore, this book will either talk you into a fast-paced high pressure job in Wall Street or quietly talk you out of it ! NOTE : To make this a standalone publication, a few chapters and excerpts from the book titled "American Capitalism, Americanomics, and Multinational Corporations" have been included in the presentation.< Less
Engineering and Rigging the Economy By Shiv Srikantia
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Towards the end of the last century, when Wall Street accidentally stumbled upon the hidden power of mathematical finance, the nature of the investment banking business changed. In elite financial... More > circles, what came to be known as Casino Capitalism began to consume Wall Street. Bankers had accidentally discovered thatthe gaming industry in Las Vegas and the equity fund investment industry had a lot in common !< Less
The Finance-Centric Economy By Shiv Srikantia
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In a globalized financial world, where banking operations were interconnected, the risks associated with subprime mortgage lending in America could now be equitably dispersed to banking institutions... More > around the world. With this brilliant idea, banks in London and Shanghai would be absorbing some of the shocks in the event of a gigantic financial meltdown in Wall Street.< Less
Mathematics and Money By Shiv Srikantia
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By merely using a fresh line of financial arguments founded on the baffling power of mathematics, the notional value of a financial asset or the perceived risk associated with a stock market asset... More > can be altered at will !< Less
The Peculiar Behavior of Stock Markets By Shiv Srikantia
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Perhaps, the key to intelligent investing in the stock market is not to miss opportunities on the best days of the speculative bull run. In fact, every year, just one or two events in the stock... More > market provide money making opportunities. Returns on investments are generally in the booms and crashes. During most other times, there are not enough opportunities to make significant profits.< Less
Things you should know before interviewing MBA Graduates By Shiv Srikantia
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Legend has it that the people of France routinely sought advise from Blaise Pascal and Rene Descartes. Blaise Pascal and Rene Descartes were consultants to the nation of France. The Pascalian advise... More > was more of art and less of science. The Descartian advise was more of science and less of art. Where does the MBA graduate stand ?< Less
Political Events that Impact Financial Markets By Shiv Srikantia
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Wall Street analysts who wished to predict the growth trajectory of oil companies had to get acquainted with Middle Eastern politics. Sometimes, political events in third world countries deliver... More > sudden jolts to the stock markets. In the age of globalization and international trade, analysts need to acquire knowledge about emerging political scenarios across the globe. Events such as the toppling of dictatorship regimes in South America, a social uprising in the Middle East, or a Eurozone debt crisis might send shock waves through the financial markets. In the new millennium, analysts intent on making accurate stock market predictions need to keep an eye on global political events.< Less
Quantitative Finance By Shiv Srikantia
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During the start of the new millennium, while few people noticed, Wall Street began hiring physicists and mathematicians with Ph.D. degrees. Physicists from academia were lured into Wall Street and... More > put to work on mathematical equations that could uproot conventional economic theories. Brilliant physicists were now poised to shape the world’s economies in ways that mankind might never have imagined thirty years ago. With a new set of formulas developed by physicists, conventional economic theories would be challenged and wealth could be created by managing risk scientifically.< Less
Derivatives, CDOs, and the Financial Meltdown By Shiv Srikantia
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Economies might actually chug along better with a small string of bubbles. Therefore, the American Federal Reserve seemed open to the idea of making the economy run with a precise set of... More > mathematically stacked bubbles. The Federal Reserve and the banking cartels helped create economic bubbles periodically raising and lowering interest rates. The pivotal idea was to create containable bubble cycles within well defined parameters.< Less

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