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Pavani
Chilamakuri
Quant Analyst
ABN AMRO

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The CQF helped me learn a lot of the quant finance basics and fundamentals; these are things I could not have learned just by reading a book. A lot of the lectures by Paul Wilmott, Riaz Ahmed, Randeep Gug and several other faculty members really helped my understand the topics very well and the mathematics behind it and I was able to practice a lot of it.

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It gave me a lot of practice with the mathematics that I had done a long time ago and forgotten. Riaz always said that mathematics is not expected as put, it’s something you have to practice and I think that helped me greatly. The more I write down and actually derive things, the better understanding I have of these derivatives and pricing. Any questions we had, we would even get answers in the middle of the night if we were waiting for it, if we were trying to do an exam or trying to understand a subject.

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More than anything, I was able to answer a lot of interview questions really well with a lot of command. That was because I really understood the basics and one example of that is risk neutrality. 

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I recommend CQF to anyone who really wants to learn quantitative finance. It helped me with my last job where I did interest rate modelling, I did equity derivative pricing using the crank nicolson method. It also helped me with my current job in a lot of things; understanding risk neutral pricing, understanding default models and CDS pricing.

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More than anything, I was able to answer a lot of interview questions really well with a lot of command. That was because I really understood the basics and one example of that is risk neutrality. I have been able to answer that question every single time in every interview.

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