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Fall 2011 Newsletter

New Students Join Boot Camp

On August 29, 25 students from around the globe attended the annual two-week math refresher course and a three-day introduction to the broad career possibilities of the Master in Finance degree. This ‘boot camp’ has been run for Master in Finance students for the past seven years with the help of a prestigious group of alumni and corporate affiliates. (A list of the students and their resumes is available on this website.) The math refresher course was taught by Postdoc Matt Lorig.

As in past years, presenters at the Sept. 10-13 boot camp covered a broad range of firms and potential areas of career focus. To kick off the boot camp, a group of six Master in Finance alumni returned to campus for a roundtable discussion and mock interviews.

The panel included Nicolas Cojocaru-Durand, Citadel; Theo Kim, Princeton University Investment Company; Adam Lichtenstein, Kepos Capital; Nestor Macias, Credit Suisse;  Chad Shampine, Morgan Stanley; and Dennis Walsh, Goldman Sachs Asset Management. They discussed what it takes to succeed in their areas of finance and shared their thoughts on best practices in interviewing techniques, their own career path and interests, and recommended methodology for job searches in this competitive environment.

John D. Naud, Director, Citadel, and Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Rates, discussed the skills necessary to succeed in his group and at a firm like Citadel. Pankaj Khandelwal , Executive Director, Equity Derivative Strategists, and Eric Pan, Executive Director, FX and IED Strats, explained the integral role strats play within Morgan Stanley. Andy Golden, President, Princeton Investment Company, talked about PRINCO’s unique approach and shared his views on careers within university endowments.

Amy Emanuel, Managing Director, Leveraged Finance Sales/Global Credit Products, at Credit Suisse, spoke about her career path since her Princeton undergraduate years, and recommended students be flexible and ready for change.  John Massad, Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Antoine Chiche, Principal, spoke about opportunities on the buyside and how to differentiate oneself in an increasingly competitive job market.

Arnold Miyamoto, Managing Director and Global Head of Citi’s Multi-Asset Group and Markets Quantitative Analysis, provided an overview of quantitative opportunities at Citi and shared his own career experiences and advice on how students should weigh career options. Ann Guo of GETCO answered questions about the fast growing world of electronic market making and related career opportunities in high frequency trading.

Peter Lighte, Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Bank, JPMorgan China, reflected on his wideranging career experiences around the world and shared advice on how to make the most of the student experience and how to weigh a growing range of career options and opportunities.

Brian Foran, Managing Director Equity Research, at Nomura Securities, discussed trends within the banking sector and the role of research within Nomura.  Ji Park, Market Risk, Barclays Capital, reviewed the importance of risk management and the various career opportunities within the Market Risk arena.

Paul Walker, Partner and Managing Director, Global Head of Core Strats,and Evan Papageorgiou, VP, Emerging Markets Strat, discussed how quantitative finance has evolved over the past 30 years as well as the roles and responsibilities of strats within Goldman Sachs.

Wendell Collins, director of corporate relations, presented tips and techniques on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of networking and interviewing. Julie Shurts and Amy Pszczolkowski of Career Services discussed best practices for leveraging career support services available to Bendheim Master’s students, including a detailed overview of TigerTracks. Todd Hines shared information on the resources available at the Economic and Finance Library.


Bendheim Speaker Series Features Industry Leaders

Here is just a sampling of the additional guest speakers from a variety of areas of finance who are visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance this fall to address our Master in Finance, undergraduate, and PhD students. Thank you to these excellent speakers for giving their time to the growth of the program:

Steven Mayer ’81, Cerberus Capital Management -  Sept 23, 30, Oct. 14
Kenneth Hersh, CEO and Co-Founder, NGP Energy Capital Management, – Sept 26
Jay Powell, Bipartisan Policy Center
David Weil, Credit Suisse Investment Banking
Mark Higgins (MD) and  Anil Bangia (ED) of JPMorgan Quantitative Research - Oct. 11
Robert Khoury ’90, World Wide Financial Industry Recruiting – Oct. 18
Carl Riccadonna ‘01, Senior US Economist, Deutsche Bank – Oct. 20
Harold Kim PhD ‘93, MD, Citi Hong Kong – Nov. 14
Alan DeRose ‘83, MD, Oppenheimer – Dec. 1
Eric Taylor, Citadel Recruiting - Dec. 6
Jeff Pagano and Michael Sternberg, Morgan Stanley Job Shadowing - Dec. 9
Josh Dunn and Aaron Katz, Edgestream Partners - Dec. 13
Robert Eaton, MD, BlackRock - Dec 13


BCF Welcomes New Corporate Affiliates

We are pleased to welcome two new corporate affiliates to the Bendheim Center for Finance: DC Energy and Deutsche Bank.

DC Energy is a leading investor and trader in the US energy markets. Our focused, innovative approach creates value for end-users, customers, and our partners across the industry by providing liquidity, aggressive pricing, and cutting edge financial products. DC Energy is an active participant in the CFTC-regulated exchange markets, the FERC-regulated competitive energy markets and in the OTC and bilateral markets for specialized or non-standard energy products.

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 81,929 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

Eric Pan reviewed the role of the Strat for MFin students.

Evan Papageorgiou and Paul Walker muse on the future of quants.

Ji Park and Master in Finance students share thoughts on risk management.

Peter Lighte PhD '81 discussed opportunities in China and his varied experiences working around the world.

Amy Emanuel '90 reviewed the history of the credit markets as part of her Boot Camp presentation.

John Massad '83 and Antoine Chiche '06 discuss opportunities on the buyside.

Ken Hersh '85 shares his advice on careers in finance and his background in energy and banking with a group of students at the Bendheim Center.