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Posted: 2013-03-24 02:47
Like the title says, I'm looking for quant jobs in cities where it's relatively warm all-year around, and which have a nice dating scene (little-to-no feminists). Don't get me wrong - I like my job and where I am right now, but the climate is getting to me, I just can't tolerate the cold weather 6 months a year. My hobbies and activities all circulate around warm weather, and I'm basically a slave to the indoors for 6 months in my spare time outside of work. Plus the dating scene is as cold as the weather thanks to a large feminist community.

I was specifically thinking of cities like Dallas, Austin, Miami. Not the usual ones that we hear about in terms of quants, like New York, Chicago (this one does have a nice dating scene, or so I keep hearing), London.

For example, I would not move to:
- Sydney, Australia: perfect weather, but having lived there for quite some time, it feels very removed from the rest of the world. You get a feeling of living on a giant island, plus you get the added snobbery from the English, and lots of Japanese and Indonesians. In short - lots of girls who are not my type.
- San Fran: expensive rent, you really have to make a lot there to afford the same standard of living as in, say, Seattle, plus very large gay and feminist communities. Not a good place to date women.
- LA: San Fran, but with higher crime rate.
- Seattle: Google "Seattle freeze wiki" and that's all I have to say about that one.

Please feel free to correct me, maybe my views of some cities which I've mentioned are skewed. I'm just trying to think outside of the box here - there's more to life than just being a quant, although I certainly love my career.

I mean, people must quantify risk and do at least actuarial stuff in the Caribbean, right?


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Posted: 2013-03-24 04:10

If you adjust what you consider quant, in Hawaii, there is Kamakura Corporation where the J from the HJM model works on developing risk management and other software.  You could see if they have anything interesting.  The weather is rather good as I recall. 


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Posted: 2013-03-24 17:56


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Posted: 2013-03-24 18:07
Thanks sfca! Kamakura looks interesting, definitely something I would consider.


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Posted: 2013-03-24 23:06

SF is not a warm climate - it's usually below 50 F at night and can be foggy and windy during the day.
LA is the actual warm climate people imagine when they think of California. The norwestern side of LA is probably pretty safe, not sure where your crime statistics are coming from.

The dating scene in SF is OK if you like Asian girls (I'm indifferent). Otherwise your perceptions of SF are probably not too far off the mark. LA is orders of magnitude better than SF in terms of dating, likely due to the fashion and entertainment industries. Let me put it this way, you notice the women who visit SF but live in LA - they appear as clearly visible outliers in SF.


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Posted: 2013-03-25 01:42
Interesting, I haven't heard anything about the northwestern side of LA. I spent 2 weeks at LA as a teenager, maybe I was just around bad neighborhoods. I generally did not feel safe there, but I loved the weather.

I heard Orange County is nice, lots of jobs and it's safe there, would definitely consider.

I also heard LA has huge traffic problems though. To the point that if it's rush hour, you're better off just pulling into the nearest coffee shop and waiting it over. Is this true?

I'm mostly into black, white and Latino chicks, not a huge fan of Asian or Indian women. I'm not racist, I just don't have any chemistry with them, nothing farther than just friends.


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Posted: 2013-03-25 16:37
i wouldn't worry too much about how many women there are. you sound like a real winner so all the ladies will be out to snag you.

"Game's the same, just got more fierce"

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Posted: 2013-03-25 20:21
I second on OC, and in particular Newport Beach.

If you look hard you will see NONIUS in CMB data. Muhauaha.

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Posted: 2013-03-25 23:54
I did a research stint in SoCal. I took "surface" roads and never had an issue with the traffic. My range was around westwood, so I spent quite a bit of time in Santa Monica down into OC. Malibu up through Santa Barbara was cool too. Canyons, beaches, interesting people. I know quite a few people trading in a parallel universe out of OC now.

Recent BICEP2 data does not rule out the existence of Nonius.


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Posted: 2013-03-26 08:31
I second Kamakura. You can go surfing all day long and you don't care too much about asset classes, so it should work.

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Posted: 2013-03-29 18:54
I know quite a few people trading in a parallel universe out of OC now.

There is a parallel universe inside OC? I thought OC itself was a parallel universe.

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Posted: 2013-04-08 01:06
temnik: I have a feeling I'm missing some joke about a parallel universe in OC. Please explain :)


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Posted: 2013-05-10 18:30
a little weird that you equate a 'nice dating scene' to the absence of feminists, but anyway...seems like you're going to need to deal with the quant/quality of life trade off at some point. in the US, NYC and Chicago are obviously the hotbeds for quant finance; notably fewer opps in SF and LA, and only one off stuff in most other cities (including Seattle). it's hot and humid in the summer in NYC and Chicago and snowy and cold during the winter though, so you're kinda screwed.

there's quite a bit of re and catastrophe insurance stuff in the caribbean but had a buddy who worked for a buffet fund there and said it's basically all dudes (talking like 85% male population); no taxes though, so you can make some decent coin.

probably need to figure out which is most important to you (quality of life or professional opps) and figure out a plan of action thereafter.
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