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Meeting ArchiveJanuary Meeting:
Wednesday January 25, 2012
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Financial Crisis of 2008

The first 2012 meeting of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Northern New Jersey (www.TechnologyOnTap.org), scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 PM, features a presentation by Samir Padalkar.

Please note: breaking with our past custom, CNNNJ meetings in 2012 will generally be held on the last Wednesday of the month. Please visit the Network web site or IEEE Event Calendar for details of our schedule.


An Overview of the 2008 Financial Crisis
(From the perspective of an electrical engineer on Wall Street)

Do you know what factors really caused the worst recession since the Great Depression? What are the prospects for the US economy in the near future? The speaker, Samir Padalkar, will take a quick look at some often-debated basics of the 2008 financial crisis including causes, financial products and the role of various players; banks, insurers, rating agencies, Fannie - Freddie and the Federal Reserve. Finally, he will compare the 2008 crisis with the Internet Bubble and offer some thoughts for the future.
    Topics covered:
  • Deconstructing ? Toxic? assets- CDOs and derivatives and how they work, how they were priced,Monte-Carlo simulations, role of rating agencies and AIG , who bought them.
  • Fannie and Freddie- subprime mortgages- and the mortgage crisis , credit crisis and credit crunch.
  • The role of the Federal Reserve.
  • Looking at the Internet Bubble in 2000- how this was different.
Presentation material

Samir Padalkar has over 20 years of experience building Real-Time decision systems, first in the chemical/aerospace industry and later in Real-Time trading systems such as those used in algorithmic trading. Most recently, he was CTO of Hold Brothers, a proprietary trading firm in NYC, where he built a real-time equities and derivatives trading platform.
Samir started his career with a B.Tech from IIT Madras and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. His research was patented and commercialized by the Osaka Gas Company of Japan. Later he joined Quant Trading as lead software developer and applied his Real-Time systems work to developing Fixed Income & Derivatives trading systems. In 1996 he lead the launch of ?Sector?, one of the first off- the- shelf trading products on Wall Street, selling it to companies like Daiwa, GovPX, TD, ABN Amro, Lehman & Chase.
In 2002, Thomson Financial bought Quant and Samir went to lead their fixed income development team as Vice president of Fixed Income Development. The following year he moved to TradeWeb, to lead a development team launching online Mortgage Backed Securities trading. Samir lives in Summit, NJ with his wife and 2 kids, is an avid bicyclist, hiker & cricket lover and enjoys travelling to wine regions. He can be reached at samirpad@gmail.com, (908) 420-9022.

The meeting will be held in the Morris County Library. Snack food and refreshments will be available. Although there is no fee involved, in order to accommodate all participants, if possible, please advise us by noon, Monday, January 23, if you plan to attend.

Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ encourages and pro?motes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry.

Wednesday January 25, 6:30pm
Non-members welcome!
Morris County Library,
30 East Hanover Avenue,
Whippany, NJ
6:00 - 8:30pm
Contact: 973-728-0344, robert@rdwalker.com

www.mclib.info directions to the meeting.