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  1. Hello everyone, I have an admission to one of the top Ph.D. in Economics program in Europe. However, I have certain concerns regarding my decision. First of all, let me mention one thing. I have a keen interest in financial markets and I have a strong performance in my portfolio. This implies two things; on the one hand, my opportunity cost in doing a Ph.D. is high because I believe that I can be very successful in jobs in financial markets. On the other hand, I am not sure if I want the financial markets will be my essential job. It can also be my secondary income source. Secondly, as a person who loves comfort and quality, academic position in universities seems to be very attractive. You don't have a boss, you can choose the topics you want, you can choose the time you work, and so on. However, the four years in the Ph.D. actually scares me... Students seem too tired and drained. Many studies show mental health problems that graduate students face. There are conflicting claims about the job market, is there an oversupply or not? Finally, even though the routine tasks in the private sector are not very qualitative, sometimes the research in academia feels the same. Since, it turns into a race for publishment and, actually, the research topic will possibly be a very narrow question that has very low likely to change anybody's lives. Hence, sometimes it feels like it is an investment that thrives me and sometimes it feels like it is an investment that fails.. Would you want to share your ideas, questions, and thoughts? Thank you.
  2. In light of a potentially severe recession around the corner, I was wondering how it may affect financial aid for PhD students. How often to students lose financial aid (e.g. TA/RA/Fellowships) due to the impact economic downturns can have on universities?
  3. I have heard that you need to fill out a FAFSA to be considered for departmental forms of financial aid such as an TA, RA, or fellowship. Is that true? Does applying for FAFSA as a fallback worsen your chances of getting a TA or RA?
  4. Hi everyone, I have recently been accepted to the CUNY graduate center with tuition + stipend. Although the overall ranking and reputation of the program at CUNY is not the best, I applied there and am considering it because of its focus on finance and its availability of a huge group professors whose main focus is in financial economics. I couldn't find any program that had that many professors in financial economics. On the other hand, I also have a competitive offer from UC Irvine. Although UCI is not known for financial economics, there are professors who I can definitely work with, and their focus on data science is really attractive. I would have to say that I am happy with landing a good industry job as both places are not the optimal places to go to for academic positions anyway. With that being said, I think CUNY's advantage is its huge faculty (and courses) in financial economics and location. But I do not know interactive the faculty is with the grad students. UCI has slightly better reputation and offers a MS in Statistics and one of their labs focuses on deep learning which I can definitely take advantage of and utilize in so many fields including finance, tech, etc. In other words, I feel like I will learn more technical stuff there. Anyways, can any of you provide any insights/advises on which one I might be better off choosing? Thanks!
  5. Hello I am in the second year of my Ph.D. now. Recently, several faculties in my field of interest left my department so I started looking for transferring options. Please, evaluate my profile! Type of Undergrad:B.S. in Business from an unknown university in Europe Undergrad GPA: 3.54/4 Type of Grad: MA (honors) in Financial Economics from the top school in my country, not well-known internationally, Ph.D. (in progress) from usnews top 40 Grad GPA: 3.72/4 (MA), 3.813/4 (current Ph.D.) GRE: 167 Q, 153 V, 3 aw TOEFL: 106 Math Courses: All the required courses to get into a Ph.D. with grades ranging from B+ to A (A- on average). In addition, Real Analysis (Ph.D. level, B) and Advanced Calculus (A-) from my current school. Econ Courses (PhD-level): Micro I,II (A), Macro I, II (A-), Metrics I, III (A-), Metrics II (A) Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Macro, Micro, Behavioral, Game Theory all A or A+ Other Courses: Advanced Asset Pricing Theory, Accounting, Financial Instruments, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance Letters of Recommendation: 1 from an Alternate Director at IMF (not research active, not much academic background) - strong letter, 1 from one of the professors who left my current department (currently in usnew top 30, UMN PhD) - solid letter, 2 from professors in my current department - ok letters. Research Experience: two years of research-intensive working experience at a central bank, two publications in an unknown local journal Teaching Experience: TA as a part of my Ph.D. funding Research Interests: Macro, Financial Economics, Macroprudential and Monetary Policy SOP: Dwelled on the validity of my intention to transfer pointing out that I have several referees from my current department who understand and support my decision. Concerns: 1) weak undergrad, although I kinda hope my graduate experience compensates. 2) Low verbal and aw GRE. 3) My schools' pool is too strong given my profile and recommenders. 4) B on the Ph.D. real analysis course even though it was super advanced. Other: I already successfully passed the comps at my current program, grade-wise I'm in the top quarter of my class. coding skills: Matlab, R, Python, C++, SQL, LaTeX Applying to: Northwestern, U of Rochester, Boston College, USC, Notre Dame, U of Virginia, Carnegie Mellon, Swiss Finance Institute, UPenn Wharton, UWM Business School (Financial Econ program), OSU (finance dept), Wash U St. Louis (finance dept), IU (finance dept)
  6. Hi, everyone! I'm glad to be posting for the first time in this nerdy place :). I'm from a South American country and also have Italian citizenship (bringing this up, 'cause if you think my chances are higher at an European BS -say, Bocconi or Swiss Finance Institute-, feel welcomed to say it). I'm really dubious about my possibilities of being admitted at a T20+ PhD in Finance in the US. I invite you to check out my profile: Test Scores: TOEFL 107/120 (all above 20). GRE is due on Nov 28th. Undegrad GPA:7.77/10 1st in my class among 1500+. Financial Accounting degree. Latin American Public University. Top 3 in the country. Graduate I GPA: 8.5/10. 1 year Master in Financial Accounting. Specialization: Credit Risk Modelling. Thesis about structural credit risk models compared to Altman Z-Score. Same UN than undergrad. Graduate II GPA: 8.3/10. 2 year Master in Finance. Specialization: Quantitative Methods. Thesisabout a jump difussion model for local equity futures volatility. Latin American Private University. Top 1 in Latin America in Finance. Research Experience:RA for 2 years in the Department of Statistics and Mathematics (Multi Attribute Methodology applied on Finance). RA for 2 years in the Center for Financial Research (sovereing debt curve modelling -NSS, Moench-, Consumer Economics, Inflation Expectations, extrapolating risk-neutral probability distribution for commodities futures from their options pricing, etc). Teaching Experience: more than 9 years being teaching assistant in undergrad and grad courses on Macroeconomics, Public Finance, Portfolio Theory, Derivatives. Earned a higher position by competition in Public Finance (Profesor Auxiliar, don't know the translation of this title). Work Experience: more than 3 years for an international hedge fund located in Madrid, working exclusively in quantitative/research trading of CME interest rate derivatives. Almost 2 years working on the top local hedge fund doing quantitative trading, statistical arbitrage and the automatization of these strats. Relevant Math/Programming Courses: Algebra (A), Calculus (A-), Financial Calculus -Baxter- (PhD level, A), Financial Math undergrad(A), Financial Math MsC level (B+), Operational Research (A), Stats I(A), Stats II (A), Stats for Research (PhD level, A), Probability and Statistics MsC level (A), Dynamic Optimization for Finance in Matlab (A), Derivatives Mathematics (A), Applied Econometric Models for Finance (A), Advanced Econometrics (A), VBA Programming (B-, :/), Computational Finance in R (A), Machine Learning in Octave (Stanford - Coursera, certified). The latest is the only online course, the rest of them are in-class. Relevant Econ Courses: Macro I(B-), Macro II(A), Micro (B+), Public Finance (A), Public Finance II(B), Economic Policy (A-), Economics History (B+). Concentration Applying to: PhD in Finance or Econ, Financial Economics. I thing the first is much more difficult to enter to, since they're smaller programs and much more selective. Planning to apply T20-50. Not picky geographically, but of course if it's California or the East Coast I would be grateful. Research interests: Asset Pricing (ideally, on derivatives and fixed income), focused on the Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing (discovering value through non-arbitrage conditions). Also interested in market microstructure, price discovery. Econometrics, time series analysis. Number of programs planned to apply to: 10-15 Dream Schools: Anderson (UCLA) or UCLA itself, Marshall (USC), UCSD, CUNY, Urbana Champaign, Booth, Penn State, Tepper (Carnegie-Mellon), Foster (Washington- Seattle). All comments are welcome! Thanks in advance, guys!
  7. Hi, guys. Glad to be here among this nerdy crew. I would like to ask you for some advice. See, my profile is heterodox and I really can't say what chances I have. I'm very interested in doing research in Finance, mainly in asset pricing. However, as far as I know in some Econ PhDs this is a fairly possible research plan. This is messing my head up, since I read it's very difficult to be admitted in the BS Finance PhDs. This said, let's have a look at my profile (I used the template of another user without his permission -sorry, stranger!-):
  8. I am pleased to be able to share the information that UC Santa Barbara has moved to a model of full financial support for PhD students in economics. This Fall's incoming class and last year's both received full support and we expect to provide full support this admission cycle. More information is available at UCSB Department of Economics, and the summary statement is The Department of Economics expects to offer a full financial package to all accepted PhD students covering a stipend, full tuition, and health insurance. The package is guaranteed for five years for students making satisfactory progress. Support is a combination of teaching assistantships and fellowship money. In addition, we have increased the size of our incoming class from approximately 13 to 18 and anticipate this larger size will continue in the current admission cycle.
  9. Test Scores (GMAT/GRE): GMAT 720 (M50 / V38) Undegrad GPA: 3.93 (major in econ / math) Graduate GPA: - Research Experience: one year with an economics professor. Research on behavioral economics one year with financial accounting professor. Financial & Managerial related research Teaching Experience: 1 semester linear algebra, 1 sem real analysis Work Experience: - Classes taken : Microeconomics - Intermediate/ advanced Macro - intermediate / advanced Economectric - intermediate / advanced Game theory Financial economics Math - cal I, II, III, linear algebra, real analysis, complex analysis, differential equation, etc. Accounting - Basic, intermediate, research seminars (about 4 of those, classes for accounting masters) Concentration Applying to: Financial accounting Number of programs planned to apply to: 10 - 15 Dream Schools: Harvard, mit, chicago, Upenn, Stanford, UIUC, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell etc Questions or concerns you have about your profile? Well, I only hold bachelor in those two fields and only accounting exposures I have are classes listed above and an year of a research with a professor. I love accounting research and I want to pursue it! I was wondering if my GMAT score is a little bit lacking by any chance? You guys think I have shots at those schools? I still have an year till graduate, so I have 2 chances to apply. I go to school that is ranked 3rd in accounting program.
  10. I dont have any Advanced Econ courses in my pocket right now, and I probably won't have any before I go after PhD anyways. I know that there are a few Econ MA programs in the U.S. that offer some financial aid, which kinda helps me with my situation. If I apply for PhD for entry in Fall 2020 as an applicant with an Econ MA and Stats MA, does that signal well towards the adcom as I am adequately prepared?
  11. A research assistant position has been posted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (Req. 254072). To apply, please follow the instructions on the website (Search for Career Opportunities - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond). More details on the position are below. Research Assistant-254072 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Primary Location NC-Charlotte Full-time / Part-time Full-time Employee Status Regular Overtime Status Exempt Job Type Experienced Travel Yes, 5 % of the Time Shift Day Job Job Sensitivity Tier II - No Credit Check The Supervision, Regulation and Credit (SRC) Department is looking for a SRC Research Assistant in its Quantitative Supervision & Research (QSR) Unit (https://www.richmondfed.org/banking/qsr). The SRC Research Assistant assists the QSR economists and analysts with research, analytical projects, and supervisory initiatives; performs basic economic and statistical analyses using Matlab, SAS, Stata, and other data storage/econometric software to support the research initiated by economist group initiatives; and co-authors analytical products and, at times, research papers with the economists . The position is located in Charlotte, NC. With an application, candidates are required to submit a resume (CV), cover letter, and university transcript(s). Transcripts (unofficial copies are okay at this time) and other required documents should be uploaded as attachments to your electronic submission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by February 23, 2018. Essential Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Performs economic, financial, econometric, and statistical analyses; organizes data for analysis and writes computer codes using mathematical and statistical software such as Matlab, SAS, and Stata. If required, learns additional software packages and database systems. Co-authors analytical work with economists and analysts. Performs more general research and analysis on topics related to the economy, financial markets, banking and bank supervision. Gathers data and writes documentation of data sources and statistical tests that have been performed on the data. Reviews literature on research topics, determines what information is relevant to the project and provides economists with summaries of findings, both orally and in writing. Proofreads/edits early drafts of memos, reports, papers, and other regulatory documents. Provides organizational support to ongoing QSR initiatives (such as critical issues surveillance, web redesign, and business intelligence). Prepares draft memos for department senior economists and managers. Actively participates in the QSR seminars, team meetings and conference calls. Participates in System and industry training courses/workshops/conferences and communicates emerging trends, commonalities, and key "take-aways" to economists and managers. Develops banking/regulatory knowledge through hands-on assignments, self-study, and formal training. Performs other duties as assigned or requested. Can effectively balance multiple responsibilities and can work well under pressure. Approximate travel of 5%. ***The Research Analyst - Intermediate hiring range is $58,600 – $73,200, annually. ***Salary offered will be based on the job responsibilities and the individual’s knowledge, skills and experience as defined in the job qualifications/experience. ***The selected candidate will be subject to special background check procedures. Qualifications/Experience (required): Bachelor’s degree with considerable coursework in economics and/or finance, mathematics and statistics (minimum) with minimum of three (3) years of relevant research experience in research position. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred. A Master’s degree in economics, finance, statistics, or a related field is highly desired. Proven academic success in econometrics, mathematics, statistics, finance, economics, and banking courses. Proven experience with spreadsheet/presentation software, including preparing summary charts, graphs, and tables. Proven experience in computer programming, particularly in data manipulation and statistical analysis (mainframe or desktop). Special Considerations: An applicant posting for employment as a Federal Reserve examiner/analyst must be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent residence visa/Green Card and be an intending citizen. Sponsorship or practical training extensions are not available for this position. Under conflict of interest guidelines administered by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, examining personnel may not participate on an examination of a financial institution or affiliate if the examiner was employed by the financial institution or affiliate within the past 12 months. Please review the FRB Employee Code of Conduct to ensure there are no major issues related to your previous employment and current financial interests. (The Code is available on the About Us, Careers webpage at www.richmondfed.org.; the relevant sections are 5.3 and Appendix B, Parts I, II and III). FRB ethics rules generally prohibit employees and their immediate families from owning investments in banks, savings associations or their holding companies (Section 5.3). Additionally, employees engaged in Supervision and Regulation may be subject to borrowing and deposit restrictions. These employees may need to recuse themselves from certain supervisory work based on: their borrowing relationships (Appendix B Parts I.1, II.1 and II.2), if a financial institution employs a member of the employee’s immediate family (i.e. spouse, child, parent, or sibling) (Appendix B Part I.3 and Part II.3), if the individual was employed by the financial institution or affiliate within the past 12 months (Appendix B Part I.3 and II.3). In certain cases, the recusal may be so extensive it could materially reduce the effectiveness of the prospective employee. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, performance standards or requirements, efforts, skills or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, rush jobs, change in workload or technological developments).
  12. Is the salary of a TA/GA deducted from a financial aid package? For instance, say it costs 25k to attend a university (including room/board/books misc) Does a 10k stipend get deducted from the 25k and a student arrives at 15k to be paid.
  13. I am pleased to be able to share the information that UC Santa Barbara has moved to a model of full financial support for PhD students in economics. This Fall's incoming class received full support and we expect to provide full support this admission cycle. More information is available at UCSB Department of Economics, and the summary statement is The Department of Economics expects to offer a full financial package to all accepted PhD students covering a stipend, full tuition, and health insurance. The package is guaranteed for five years for students making satisfactory progress. Support is a combination of teaching assistantships and fellowship money.
  14. Undergrad: Top Ten US News GPA: 3.5/4.0 Single Major in Statistics GMAT: 730 (V40, Q49) letter of recommendation: 1 from statistics professor, 1 from economics professor, 1 from accounting professor Work: Internships at a small investment bank and a nonprofit consulting firm Research assistant: Worked as a research assistant (data entry) for an accounting professor University Employment: Math tutor for my university's tutoring center and paper grader for multivariable calc and linear algebra Math background: Calc 1-3 and ODE's at regional university during high school (A's), Real Analysis in college (B+ average), Abstract Algebra in college (A- average) Accounting Background: I am not an accounting major but I have taken two accounting classes and I sit in on the doctoral accounting research classes Economics Background: Micro (A- average) Awards: Dean's List My interest is mostly financial archival. I am especially interested in accounting standard setting, for example how the debt/equity structure in a country affects the demand for disclosure in that country. I am not sure where I would be competitive for PhD's directly out of undergrad. I know I really fit the standard profile of someone with an accounting or economics undergraduate plus a few years of work experience or a master's degree. I don't feel like I would be competitive at top 5 programs given my GMAT/GPA and lack of accounting experience, but would I still be competitive for places like Emory, USC, Ohio State, UT Austin, etc? Would a place like Utah be more of a match or a safety? I understand that fit is important (the schools I listed above each have 2-3 professors whose work interests me), but I want to make sure I am applying mainly to schools that are in the right ballpark for me, competitiveness wise.
  15. Hi. First of all, i have little idea about getting scholarship. So i started to search for scholarship offers for different Canadian Universities to see qualifications needed to get scholarship. I searched atleast 10 Canadian universities. And these universities offer scholarship but any of these universities do not provide qualification needed to get scholarship(not at all). Why is so? They try to hide scholarship program? Try to discourage students or what? So how to get scholarship for those universities? I searched for University of Victoria, Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University, University of toronto, etc. (I want to do MBA as a foreign student and looking for scholarship)
  16. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any information on the Salary of a Financial Economist. I've heard that more Universities are beginning to offer Masters in Financial Economics degrees, UofT for example, recently started a collaborative program of the Department of Economics and the Rotman school of Management called MFE (Masters in Financial Economics Program) If anyone has any information on the salaries and job outlook for someone possessing this degree, or a PHD in Financial Economics from a top school like UofT, feel free to leave a comment.
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