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(Last Updated On: September 14, 2012)

Does it matter on your tech level of BA, Excel, VBA, SQL to be a quant within our Meetup members in quant finance R Matlab users?

 

I got query from a new Meetup member:

Hello Bryan,
Firstly great idea for finding this group! To introduce myself.
My name is Shoba and I am currently working as a BSA supporting SAP in our company called Algorithmics which specializes in Risk Analytics software. Eventhough I haven’t personally worked with the products, I have always been very much interested in the whole Finance/Risk Quant area, eventhough not being a Financial Engineer myself.
Before Algorithmics, I was more in an operational role for a Private Wealth Management/Investment firm where I first got my exposure to Financial products.
While being thankful for the ERP experience I got in my current role, my long term career objective is to be a Business Analyst in the Financial Services sector (Be it Financial solutions, Capital Markets Investment, Wealth Management, Insurance, etc.).
Since I’m in more of a BA role, I don’t do programming. However I am familiar and enjoy using Excel VBA, SQL and currently learning OLAP technology in Business Explorer (which is more for reporting).
I am very much interested in joining your group to learn about your Quant methods and the financial products, and also hope to contribute to whatever I can for the group.
Let me know if you can see me as a valuable addition to your group. If not, I respect your decision.

 

My response:

Have no worries on contributing to the group. I am working on R right now so Excel can be integrated into this if this is your core tech tool
Hope this helps

 

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