Anonymous wrote:thanks savage.
btw, has anyone done the Masters in Financial Engineering at NTU? I'm assuming its a much more mathematically rigourous course compared to Applied Finance.
I don't know about the one at NTU, but I started the same course at NUS for kicks (I'm probably the only person in the course who's not interested in a finance career) more than 3 years ago when I was still in Singapore...I ended up doing the last 2 years of it overseas - didn't attend classes, submitted assignments via email/fax and flew back to take some exams. I've finished all the coursework, but haven't started the thesis yet.
It is definitely more computational finance - stuff you would use if you wanted to go into technical analysis, credit risk management, financial software, derivatives trading, forex trading etc (all on the grunt side of things, no glamour in most of the jobs available after this degree).... while the Applied Finance is more fundamental and gives you a wider range of job options in the finance industry. The lecturers are typically Singaporean, except for the odd visiting lecturers like one or two from Cornell U. The SMU lecturers are probably much more interesting in their teaching methods from what I hear.