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What is Strats and Modeling?


Strats (short for strategies) roles include building pricing models, the pricing and evaluation of products, the creation of electronic trading platforms and building analytical models. If you work in strats, be ready to translate the ideas from fundamental or technical investors into implementable strategies. 

Aniket Sharma (MFE ’19)

Strategic Analytics Group/Strats at Deutsche Bank
Los Angeles, California

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My role involves the development and implementation of a central risk management suite and a cross-asset analytics function within Deutsche Bank. Strats and modeling roles have become quite popular in finance as institutions are trying to create teams that can solve complex problems and implement cutting-edge technology. Strats roles in banks are mostly broken down into desk strats, which work with different trading desks on pricing, structuring and quantitative trading, and core strats, which are involved with more central functions, such as risk and liquidity management and core analytics. These roles are quite challenging and intellectually stimulating, and they require a deep understanding of financial mathematics and programming.

Runhong (Alex) Huang (MFE ’19)

Strats at Goldman Sachs
New York City

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The UCLA MFE helped me make a smooth transition from materials engineering to the quantitative finance industry. The MFE curriculum starts with the fundamental quant knowledge and derives the state-of-art financial models. You will see the beautiful and complicated quantitative finance world unfold in front of you.

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