From the Inside Flap
—Paul Wilmott, Mathematician and Quant
"If only this book had been written much earlier, many banks and financial institutions would be spared the countless heartaches, frustrations and wasted investments into poorly thought out and badly designed quantitative platforms; and its inevitable toll on the business. The book is exceedingly useful for quant professionals who want to see the forest beyond the trees but more importantly, I think it should be mandatory reading for strategic decision makers in the structured products/exotics trading spaces. Unlike the typical 'big picture' book, I find Thulasidas’ approach refreshing in that he provides tangible examples, for example in terms of competing architectures and computing patterns. This enables the reader to clearly understand and concretely grasp the consequence of each design decision as opposed to being forced to decipher fuzzy concepts. I have no doubt that this book will become a classic."
—Alvin Harvey Kam, Exotics Trader, Global Commodities Citigroup
"Dr Thulasidas opens a window into an esoteric domain in the banking world which is rarely understood and mostly misinterpreted. The subject insights he possesses help a structured style of narration navigating the reader through abstract material with ease and adding a learning touch as well. A compelling read!!!!!"
—C.Krishna Kumar, Advisor to the Chairman, National Bank of Egypt
"Dr Thulasidas clarifies the obscure and interconnected world of quantitative finance, exotics trading and financial computing. A must read for the thinking professional, this work will prove valuable to those embarking on a career in any aspect of trading - from business associates to trading system architects, and from quantitative analysts to structurers and traders."
—Babek Saber, Retired Global Head, Commodity Structured Products Trading, Standard Chartered Bank
About the Author
Thulasidas received his undergraduate degree from IIT, Madras in 1987. A physics aficionado, he then studied fundamental particles and interactions at the CLEO collaboration at Cornell University during 1988-93. After receiving his Ph.D from Syracuse University, he continued his work at the ALEPH collaboration at CERN, Geneva. During his 10-year career as a research scientist in the field of high energy physics, he co-authored over 190 publications.
In 2005, the author switched to quantitative finance, and joined OCBC, a regional bank in Singapore. He led the quantitative analytics team for pricing model validation and other mathematical tasks. This middle office job, involving risk management and curtailing ebullient traders, gave him a thorough overview of pricing models and, perhaps more importantly, a perfect understanding of the conflict-driven implementation of the risk appetite of the bank. Later on, he moved to Standard Chartered Bank, taking care of their in-house trading platforms, which further enhanced his "big picture" outlook and inspired him to write Principles of Quantitative Development.