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Old 07-23-2019, 04:29 AM
 
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I’m reading this right now:

Big Data and Machine Learning in Quantitative Investment (Wiley Finance)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1119522196..._B9TnDbDY6QEJA

And re-reading this:

Financial Decisions and Markets: A Course in Asset Pricing
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711DJ1C4..._LbUnDb55E35QX

But I’m not in a degree program. I’d like to get a math PhD but most good math is done by those under the age of 30. That boat sailed a long time ago.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:59 AM
 
Location: New Oxford, PA
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I never went the first time. Went straight to work, instead.
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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A more relevant use of algebra is, if I want to buy a car for $15,000, have a 22% federal marginal tax rate, a 6% state income tax rate, but can deduct the federal taxes from my state taxes and the state taxes from my federal tax, how much money do I have to withdraw from my 401k?

That's a simple linear equation if you use algebra.

The real question there is "Why in the world would I want to withdraw money from my 401k in the first place?"


(I know you meant it as a concrete example of the use of algebra but I couldn't resist, LOL. Doesn't every financial advisor tell people not to use a 401k as a 'lending institution' but instead only put money in rather than take it out? Ditto for an IRA.)
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I just use TurboTax.
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:28 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Ah. For diff eq it helped to be an engineer or physicist. We had the numbers and symbols, but we also had the real-life allegories for those otherwise arcane numbers. Diff eq was *difficult*! But I loved it.

I have degrees in different fields because I have always loved learning new things. My last formal degree was in engineering and I was surprised how much I loved both Calculus and Dif Eq, after spending much of my prior life avoiding all math. I recently gave away my Dif Eq book because it might as well have been written in Ancient Greek. I was amazed by how much I had forgotten in 30 years, even though I got an A in the class.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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I wouldn't go to college the first time. LOL!
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:09 PM
 
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The EE department head talked me out of getting another STEM graduate degree. He told me he does all his learning online these days because it's as effective as taking classes and much cheaper and easier. For what I would pay in tuition I could set up an electronics lab equal to what the university had to offer. The only benefit of a degree any longer according to him was having that piece of paper -- which I already have.
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have degrees in different fields because I have always loved learning new things. My last formal degree was in engineering and I was surprised how much I loved both Calculus and Dif Eq, after spending much of my prior life avoiding all math. I recently gave away my Dif Eq book because it might as well have been written in Ancient Greek. I was amazed by how much I had forgotten in 30 years, even though I got an A in the class.
To me, the problem with going back is one of cost, and to a lesser extent, poor ROI. If it was free or low cost, I'd gladly do it.
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:10 AM
 
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Would I go back? NO

However in full disclosure: My dream was to retire as a college student (truly thought life didn't get any better than that), and I still can only look back on that time and LOL!
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:49 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I spent enough time in college when I had to go. I have no use for yet another degree (although I once considered it). I'm a strong believer in lifelong learning but that doesn't have to be in college. Where I used to live there was a learning in retirement program affiliated with a local college that offered classes. There is an OASIS program where I am now that provides lectures and short courses.
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