Quantitative analysts are tasked with devising strategies for maximum efficiency when it comes to trading stock. They work closely with other mathematical professionals to continuously improve trading protocols and strategies, and must combine all the skills they've learned in school, including mathematics, finance, and computer skills, to maximize the profits of their business.
Quantitative analysts create and edit analytical models, work closely with financial staff, research the best tools to create and maintain financial and stock portfolios, and keep their company up-to-date with the best software available for financial programs. Those in this position must have strong mathematical and organizational skills as well as a very driven personality. Most quantitative analysts gain experience by helping companies build impressive stock and trade portfolios. A master’s or doctorate degree is often preferred by employers in fields such as mathematics, economics, and computer science. Almost all work is done indoors in a climate-controlled building, and some quantitative analysts work on teams with other stock and trade professionals, while many others work independently.
Quantitative Analyst Tasks
Perform risk analytics, loan pricing, and default risk modeling,
Design tests and experiments to collect data and test new models and programs
Assist in the construction and execution of portfolio management.
Research and analyze market statistics to develop, test, validate, execute, and maintain analytical software programs and quantitative models.
Query, consolidate, and present data to senior management.