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Student Resources / What is Financial Engineering
Financial engineering is the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in finance.
It is also known as financial mathematics, mathematical finance, and computational finance.
Financial engineering draws on tools from applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, and economic theory.
Investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, corporate treasuries, and regulatory agencies employ financial engineers.
These businesses apply the methods of financial engineering to such problems as new product development, derivative securities valuation, portfolio structuring, risk management, and scenario simulation.
Quantitative analysis has brought innovation, efficiency and rigor to financial markets and to the investment process.
As the pace of financial innovation accelerates, the need for highly qualified people with specific training in financial engineering continues to grow in all market environments.
How to Use this Site?
The IAQF has prepared several types of resources to help students who are thinking about going into this field. On this page you will find links to more detailed descriptions of financial engineering as a profession and as an academic discipline. On other pages within Student Resources you will find:
- A guide to schools that offer degree programs in this field
- Answers to FAQs that are frequently asked by prospective students
- A guide to studying the field. with an outline of the core body of knowledge that comprises financial engineering, and recommendations of books to look at and websites to visit, that can be useful for prospective students who want to get some initial familiarity with the subject matter. These references can also be used as a guide to those who want to begin independent study of this field.
- A guide for preparing for job interviews and for preparing resumes
IAQF s How I Became A Quant Series
An excellent way for students to learn more about the opportunities in this field are through the How I Became a Quant panels that the IAQF conducts. If you are a member of the IAQF, you may also want to look at a recording of a previous panel by clicking here. If you are not a member of the IAQF, click here to see a free preview of these recordings and then consider joining the IAQF (student membership is only $25 a year click here )
The series also launched the recent publication of the book entitled How I Became A Quant
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