• Why Creativity is Key to Attracting and Retaining Quantitative Talent

    almost 4 years ago

    ​The rivalry for talent in quantitative research is extremely competitive, and banks are finding that the promise of a large pay check is no longer enough to lure the brightest quantitative minds. As more quantitative analysts leave the financial sector in search of more innovative opportunities, many banks have come to the realization that it is time for a change. If banks ...

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  • European M&A: End of Year Report & Salary Survey 2017

    about 4 years ago

    ​In comparison to 2015, which saw M&A hit levels not seen since 2007, 2016 was a much more challenging year for M&A. The UK referendum caused huge amounts of uncertainty in the first half of the year as dealmakers targeting the UK were reluctant to come to market. This led to a slowdown in M&A activity in the first half of the year with 3,110 deals worth US $342....

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  • Quantitative Finance Q1 2017 Market Update

    about 4 years ago

    ​For the purpose of this report, we have split the market between buy-side and sell-side firms. At Selby Jennings, we pride ourselves on market expertise across niche verticals encompassing quantitative finance. We are in constant pursuit of excellence delivering consistently to the clients that we serve, whether they are start-up hedge funds or multi-national banks.Developm...

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  • The fintech start-up culture in Boston

    about 4 years ago

    ​Boston is fast becoming the hub for fintech start-ups in the US, with the rapid expansion of the sector causing increased disruption in the traditional financial services sector. The financial services industry accounts for 9% of Massachusetts’ gross domestic product (GDP), and yet McKinsey & Company recently published a report stating banks could lose up to 60% of thei...

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  • Developments in Fintech Sales and Marketing

    about 4 years ago

    ​Fintech companies are continuing to grow in popularity as they release innovative new products into the market. An increasing number of start-ups are entering the money transfer, payment technology, loaning, and lending space. Taking a more creative approach to the business of finance, these new start-ups have already released an impressive amount of cutting-edge technology...

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  • Credit Market and Private Debt Predictions for 2017

    about 4 years ago

    ​​As we progress into Q1 of 2017, the investment market appears strong, with plenty of new areas of investment emerging despite the unprecedented political, economic and social factors of 2016. With this in mind, we have taken a predictive look at how the market may perform and change over the next 12 months by considering four key areas:1) Distressed debtDistressed debt is ...

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  • Cyber Security in Banking

    about 4 years ago

    ​Cybersecurity consistently dominates headlines, where attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, frequent and ambitious. From last year’s Democratic Party email leaks to the huge data breach at Yahoo, it appears no one – and no industry – is completely safe from the threat of cybercrime.Cyber Security is a global concern and is causing particular concern in Asia. In 2...

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  • Business analytics: shaping financial services

    about 4 years ago

    ​​An ever-increasing amount of data comes into businesses in enormous volumes, in different forms and at a range of velocities. As a result; companies are investing more time and money into analytics. By gaining greater data insight they are not only able to enhance cybersecurity and reduce customer turnover, they are also well-placed to create a more personalized customer e...

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  • Why Consider Contracting?

    over 4 years ago

    ​​A large number of candidates are considering contract positions or are looking to continue contracting for longer.Here are some of the benefits of contracting:1. Greater financial compensationContractor rates are traditionally higher than permanent salaries and depending on the state of the industry and location of the contract, competitive rates can be commanded. Niche sk...

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  • End of Year Report & Salary Survey 2017

    over 4 years ago

    ​End of Year Report​2016 was a particularly turbulent year for the financial markets. Beginning with a freefall in Chinese Equities which sent the investment world into panic mode, June brought the unexpected vote for Brexit and the year has ended with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Accordingly, reflecting the world in which they operate, the...

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  • Blockchain – The Future of Supply Chain Finance?

    over 4 years ago

    ​​Blockchain technology, best known for powering Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has the potential to be a game-changer for supply-chain finance. What is blockchain?Blockchain is an unalterable digital ledger that allows multiple parties to transfer and store information securely and reliably. It’s thought that it could replace complex paper financial systems because it’...

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  • Increasing Technical Skillsets in the Middle Office

    over 4 years ago

    ​Nostalgia for the 90’s runs far beyond just fashion, TV and games. It has spread into business too. Many banking and hedge fund managers look back fondly to a time when business was more about personal relationships and simple investment strategies and less about regulators and efficient operating infrastructures.But, as businesses evolve, so too do their processes. Manager...

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  • Consolidation + Competition = Compensation

    over 4 years ago

    ​So much of what we see in the banking sector today can be traced back to the financial crisis. Consolidation of departments is no exception. In fact, this is something that was already happening before 2008, the crash simply accelerated it. Today there is still plenty of room for consolidation to take place.Mergers and acquisitions, the drive for greater efficiency and a se...

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  • Quant Researchers on the Buyside

    over 4 years ago

    ​Buyside trading desks are showing considerable interest in hiring skilled algorithm and quant researchers. What is driving this trend, and what skill set do these in-demand professionals require?Why are buyside firms looking to recruit?Hedge funds and other buyside firms are facing pressure to cut their fees. For example, London-based Brevan Howard, which runs a $14.5bn fla...

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  • The Growth of Quants in Investment Banks

    over 4 years ago

    ​Picture an investment bank drawn in a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style. You’ve got traders, finance, the legal team and management; human resources and an IT team hammering away at their keyboards. Where would you expect to find quantitative analysts (quants)?Ten years ago, quants would have been tucked away on trading desks, inputting data into Excel spreadsheets and working through...

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  • Canadian Financial Industry Overview 2016

    over 4 years ago

    ​​Canada’s economy has always boasted some seriously enviable credentials including a strong economy backed by a highly regulated financial sector.That being said, the Canadian economy is currently at a crossroads. The country has narrowly dodged a recession and many are predicting an uncertain future if the housing market bubble bursts. But is the concern about the impact s...

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  • Fintech Market Overview: Developments in North America

    over 4 years ago

    ​What’s happening in fintech? Ian Pollari, Global Co-Leader of Fintech at KMPG International and Partner at KPMG Australia, says: “We are seeing a continued diversification across many dimensions of fintech – the growth of different subsectors, the size of organizations participating, the geographic location of fintech companies attracting investment and increasing levels of...

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  • Compensation Trends in Quantitative Risk

    over 4 years ago

    ​Overpaying for Junior PhDsAs recruiters within the Risk Analytics space, we come across PhD candidates wanting to take the next step in their career on a daily basis. On the other side of the spectrum, our clients are increasingly demanding for junior to mid-level candidates to have PhDs (2-5 years of experience) across all areas of quantitative risk.Because this space is b...

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  • M&A Update - H1 2016​

    over 4 years ago

    ​In the first half of 2016, Global M&A in H1 2016 was down 26.6% as compared to H1 2015, with deal value falling from $1.81tn to $1.32tn. Regulatory changes around the world have caused M&A activity to shift from mega deals to more middle market and boutique acquisitions. Major global events, including the Brexit vote & the US Presidential election among others, ...

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  • A Guide to Becoming a Contractor

    over 5 years ago

    ​Many professionals are now considering contracting at some point in their career. The numerous benefits afforded by this way of working include flexible working environments, tax break benefits, and increased compensation. There are however also a number of considerations to take into account before accepting work on a contract basis.Whilst millions of candidates around the...

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