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    Summarizing Political Finance

    My IDS majors general focus is to provide me with the knowledge and information necessary to get a job at a large bank, hedgefund, or tech company. Now being done with my IDS major I know there are some things I would go back and change to make it better, but am still much happier with my IDS major than any of the ones PSU or URI had to offer. My IDS major gave me information of financial markets, instruments, and complex analysis of these. It allowed me to better understand government, law, and the economic impacts of these. It also brought me into some other fields such as computer…

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    My Network

    My personal learning network has been able to help me grow as an individual. It’s always good to have a constant flow of information in which I can read. I often times find myself reading a lot of Zerohedge posts, keeping up with Elon Musk, and reading all sorts of computational finance from Quantopian. Twitter is a great resource but my PLN has also started to shift outside of it on other social platforms such as Github which is more focused on sharing codes. I’ve talked with multiple users on their codes and projects they’ve completed. To the left you notice a conversation Robin started thanks to sharing my final project.…

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    Application of Investment Theory on Individual Stocks

    Background Trading has been around since the dawn of man and creation of language, markets in which to trade followed closely after(Watson 2006). The first stock exchange dates back to 1602 when the Amsterdam Stock Exchange was established by the Dutch East India Company for dealings in stocks and bonds(Vega 1988). Over one hundred years later the New York Stock Exchange was founded in 1817 which has become the pinnacle of what Americans think of when they hear the words stocks or trading. Back then stocks, trading, investing was a very conservative boring way of living, stock brokers were paid far less, and financial instruments were less complex. That has…

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    Bringing Financial Literacy to The World

    Motivation Five years ago I become very interested in the stock market the idea of putting money into something and it growing is one of the most fascinating things to me. It made me want to know more, so I started to learn more, mostly in the wrong places at first. Eventually though I found resources like the MIT Opencourseware, Stanford Opencourse, and Khan Academy being some of my favorite. This later influenced my decisions to transfer and change studies to finance and political science. In what I consider a short time studying finance and investing I’ve noticed one thing has become certain. People are interested in investing, people are afraid of…

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    Finals Week

    This past week I’ve been very focused on my coursework, for the most part I have finished all of my finals. My two grad courses have also just concluded. This week I will be entirely focused on my final project and research article. Outside of that I have done a lot of searching for jobs and networking. In the past 4 years I’ve come to realize  that the job you get really does come from who you know. Especially in my case when I am graduating from a school that some might consider very average or even below average when it comes to academics. I have no problem with that…

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    Application of Investment Theory on Individual Stocks

    Individual stock returns are random, assets are priced efficiently, all available information is known by all investors, you can’t beat the market. How is an investor today supposed to make a profit? When the greatest investors around the world are making near twenty percent returns how are individual or non-institutional investors supposed to make a return. Individual part time investors are doomed from the start and even more so doomed if you are a trader. The idea that a single person can outperform an entire investment firm or even a single person that does this practice for a living is crazy. It’s like me putting my life savings on a…

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    R for things other than Finance, Github, and Stackoverflow

    In looking for data sets outside of finance I was able to find some books and get a quick preview of some of them on topics R can be used for besides finance and statistics. Still highly related to statistics as most of the modeling and analysis done in these books are statistical ones. The books I read were focused on clinical trial analysis. So this analysis is something internally a biotech company may be doing in pre-clinical trial phases to determine whether the drug they plan on developing will be successful or fail. Externally investors can do the same with the available data they can receive. Two books I…

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    Searching for Data, mastering R, and understanding Binary Events

    I’ve done a couple pretty deep dives into some topics this week. I’m also realizing it may be time to make the switch from doing financial modeling in R vs Excel. I’m just trying to figure out the right code that will allow me to pretty much create a function to create the financial models  I and many others make. I’ve been almost entirely focused on programming since this semester started and even considered making something for my AP at first but was skeptical of whether I’d really be able to do it. I’m starting to think some important parts of what I hope to one day make I now…

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    Quantitative Finance

    Two books I picked up and have been reading as much as I can are “Introduction to R for Quantitative Finance” and “Mastering R for Quantitative Finance“. Both go into depth on programming pretty complex financial models which you can’t really find else where for many programming languages. Much of what these cover is only somewhat openly known and available in excel. Much of the algo/AI/Deep learning understanding of finance and computer programming is kind of a mystery that you have to work at the right bank, quant fund, or hedge fund to know about. These books provide some of that information that would regularly go pretty unknown. One topic…

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    Diversifying

    I’ve been preparing to actually use real world examples instead of just using readings and hypothetical portfolios used in course work. I may even use my own money depending on how much I actually have come when I’m prepared to start investing. I thought it would be important to catch up, reread, and read new things about Fama French and portfolio theory. Everyone always hears in investing to “diversify” what does that exactly mean and why is important. Well originally it meant just that to diversify your investments. Invest in real estate, stocks, bonds, options, futures, different industries…etc and this will lower your risk. If one of your investments performs…