Christos Saltapidas, Quant trainee
“I did a Bachelor in Mathematics in Greece and a Master in Financial Mathematics in Sweden. I came to the Netherlands for an internship, but it was not very related to my studies. I wanted to stay in the country and started looking for a traineeship.
I found the Quant traineeship at APG, which is exactly what I studied. APG seems to be the only company in asset management or finance which offers a 100% Quant traineeship. So, closer to math, programming and technical subjects. I was fascinated to see that you can do math, which can impact people’s lives. APG gave me the opportunity and I took it. My selection process took place online. It was quite a long process, but I enjoyed the final steps, like working with other candidates on a case study.
My first assignment was with Asset Liability Management, where I had exposure to both sides of the balance sheet. You check the assets and whether they can cover future liabilities. You can also run all the models which can decide pension cuts or pension indexation.
I am currently working on a project with Trading and specifically, with the Equities desk. I have the opportunity to sit on the trading floor which is a really nice experience as you can see all the action, from execution of large orders to derivatives pricing and valuation models. The project I am working on, will help the Equities desk to identify the performance of the execution algorithms under different market conditions using Unsupervised Learning.