Since I’ve graduated from my Masters back in April, I wasn’t too sure whether or not I would prefer working or do a PhD. Quite frankly, I didn’t want to do a PhD. I was seeking employment in the field of International Business or Finance. I had one nice work opportunity in International Business that I almost got but fell short to a candidate with more experience. However, in June I learned that I was a recipient of the SSHRC bursary if I would do a PhD in Canada. Right away I was about to cancel the bursary since I haven’t applied to any PhD graduate schools : )
Over the following weeks, the recurring thoughts of “what I would like to research if I do a PhD” started to hunt me. Fractals in finance (or multifractality) always came back in my mind. In the past two years I developed a keen interest in fractals thanks to Benoit Mandelbrot and Nassim Taleb. I also know that there was a professor at the University of British Columbia (Sauder School of Business) that specialized in the subject. I got excited, call the researcher / professor in question and asked whether I could apply for January 2012… he asked me to come right away for September 2011. Well, two months after receiving a letter stating that I was a recipient of the SSHRC bursary I am now in Vancouver BC. Am I excited: Yes! Will this program be easy: Hell no!
I will update this blog more often now since I am now “set”. Expect a lot of blog post on research and other finance related subjects.