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Celebrating 7 years of teaching computational finance.

Teaching computational finance to ordinary mortals. Time sure flies when you are having fun. It’s been 7 years and change since we first started this project as an experiment. An initial dump of class notes for my students dedicated to teaching computational finance that over

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Slower than the Flash. Bigger than a duck.

Slower than the Flash. Bigger than a duck. The last twelve months have been a big mix of surprises and personal milestones. I have managed to live a year with reduced working hours, limiting office to just the first half of the day. I lost

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On rational thinking. Rationality is overrated.

Rationality is overrated. On rational thinking. A few months ago I was asked to address an audience of budding actuaries. As I spoke to them about model building, I touched upon the fatal attraction of rationality in making bigger choices and decisions. Of how it deceives

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Building Excel portfolio management worksheet.

Building Excel Portfolio Management worksheets.  On day one of our course on portfolio management we introduced basic concepts and challenges of portfolio management. We also introduced the securities universe we are planning to use for our five day workshop. On day two we begin building our Excel

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Portfolio management course Dubai

Portfolio Management and Optimization I am teaching a new course on portfolio management and portfolio optimization at the S P Jain School of Management and Research in Dubai starting this Saturday.  The sessions will run for six evenings for a group of Executive MBA students

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Non traditional actuarial careers

Non traditional Actuarial Careers. On 19th October 2016, the Pakistan Society of Actuaries graciously invited me to speak on non traditional actuarial careers to an audience comprising largely of actuarial students. The objective was to give them a purview of all the non-actuarial things actuaries

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50 seconds before 50.

50 seconds before 50. Or the inspiration to climb a personal Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail that couldn’t be. The route to Rakaposhi base camp (elevation 4,000 meters) through Hunza (elevation 2,000 meters), Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. I turned 45 last month. August 2015 I was in a

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Abdul Mueed Baloch. Sprinter. Rock Star.

Dalmia Dreaming. 24th April 2016. Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad. I had never seen so many Pakistani flags walking around in a stadium before. This was the field where dreams came to live and die, where training and talent met the tartan track. I had been following

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