hey there, Professional!

Here's what I've set out for you. Below is a step-by-step guide detailing what we'll tackle each week. In each module, each topic has been chosen to give you the skills and the insights you need. But remember, while this roadmap will guide you, your curiosity will drive you. So, ask questions, be hands-on, and embrace every victory moment.

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### Day 1: Setting the Foundation

It's about setting up your development environment. You'll familiarize yourself with Anaconda Navigator, which acts as a central tool for managing your data science tools, and Jupyter Notebook, a powerful interactive tool for coding, visualization, and presenting your Python projects. Additionally, we'll delve into the seamless integration with Excel, harnessing its analytical capabilities to augment our data handling and visualization. By the end of the day, you'll have your tools in place and be ready to start your journey.

Installation Guide: Get Started with Anaconda Navigator: Installation

Watch: Anaconda Navigator Application

Everything You Need To Get Started On Your Machine | Installation Process | Integrated Development Environment vs. Code Editor vs. Compiler Learnings | Python Libraries & Packages | Recommendations.

Watch: Jupyter Notebook

Open-Source Web-Based Interactive Computing Platform Launching Application | Default Directories | Creating a New Jupyter Notebook | Menu Options & Toolbar | Keyboard Shortcuts | Code Cell.

To download and install Microsoft Excel, head to Microsoft's official site. Please be aware that a valid license or subscription may be required to access and use Excel fully.

Read: Interview Guide Question(s)

What is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a Python Code Editor? and highlight the primary differences between the two.

### Week 1: Introduction to Financial Markets, Products, and Instruments

In this week, we dive deep into the world of finance. Financial markets are the bedrock of the global economy, and understanding their mechanics is crucial for anyone looking to make informed decisions, whether you're an investor, a business professional, or just a curious learner. We'll start by examining the different types of financial markets, from equity to forex, and understand their significance. But markets are just venues – what's traded in them? that's where financial products come in. Instruments like stocks, bonds, and derivatives that investors buy and sell.

By the end of this week, you'll have a foundational understanding of the landscape of financial markets and the products that drive them.

Watch: Introduction to Financial Markets

Understanding: Financial Markets - Capital Market - Primary | Secondary - Equity | Debt | Forex / Currency Market | Commodity Market | Derivatives Market - Exchange vs. Over-The-Counter Traded.

Watch: Introduction to Financial Products and Instruments – Equities

Understanding: Financial Products - Securities - Stocks | Debt | Loans | Deposits | Stock Market - Primary | Secondary - Order Book | Private Placement | Equities - Capital Appreciation | Dividend | Reinvestment (DRIP)

Read: Balancing Equity Risk and Reward: Tradeoff

Read: Forward Contracts vs. Futures Contracts: What's the Difference?

Watch: Introduction to Financial Products and Instruments – FI Securities

Understanding: Financial Products - Debt Securities | Issuers - Government | Agencies | Municipals | Corporates | Treasury Securities - T-Bills | T-Notes | T-Bonds | TIPS | Interest Rate & Term-Structure of Interest Rates - Short-Term | Medium-Term | Long-Term

Read: Understanding Fixed-Income Treasury Securities

### Week 2: Equities | Modeling Systematic Risk

It is all about equities, and trust me, it's an area that's as thrilling as it is vital. Equities are basically your stake in a company. While they offer exciting opportunities, they come with their fair share of ups and downs. Now, to really get a grip on equities, we need to understand the risks involved. There are two main types: systematic and unsystematic risks. Think of these as the big-picture risks that affect all investments and the specific risks unique to individual investments, respectively.

History has shown us that various events can shake up the equity markets, changing the game for investors. We'll take a closer look at these, drawing lessons from the past to better navigate the future.

We'll also dig into some slightly advanced topics. Ever heard of Block Maxima or Extreme Value Theory? By the end of the week, you'll be familiar with these and understand their significance in assessing risks. By the time we wrap up this week, you'll have a solid grasp on equity risks and the tools to analyze them.

Watch: Historical Time Series Data & Equity Shocks – Excel | Python

Absolute Returns/Shocks | Proportional/Relative Shocks - Discrete | ShockType Use | Comparison

Read: Interview Guide Question(s)

Explain the difference between logarithmic returns and the natural logarithm of stock prices in finance.

Watch: Equity Risk – Systematic & Unsystematic

Risk Measures - Variance | Standard Deviation | Covariance | Correlation | Beta | Systematic (Market) Risk | Unsystematic (Ideo) Risk | Downside Deviation | Annualized Risk-Return Profile - Expected Return | Risk

Read: The Basics of Standard Deviation: A Simple Guide

Read: Covariance and Correlation: From Diversification to Standardization

Watch: Equity Risk – Extreme Value Theory (EVT)

Return Distribution | Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) | Tail Distribution - Left Tail | Right Tail | Extreme Outcomes | Probability Distribution - Normal | Exponential | Parameters | Regulators' Standpoint | Tail Risk

Watch: Equity Risk – Block Maxima & Peaks-Over-Threshold (POT)

Read: Block Maxima and Extreme Value Theory in Finance

### Week 3 and 4: Interest Rates | Monitoring Yield Spreads

In this week, we will understand the market of interest rates and the critical concept of monitoring yield spreads. Understanding interest rates is paramount, as they influence various aspects of the financial landscape. We'll explore historical time series data to decode interest rate shocks and their impact on the market.

In our exploration, we will discuss the Treasury Yield Curve, examining its normal, inverted, and humped/flat shapes. This week's lessons will equip you with the knowledge to interpret different yield curve profiles and understand their implications. Additionally, we'll investigate the US Treasury Yield Spread, focusing on a specific spread and how to identify yield curve profile changes.

As part of your practical application, you'll engage in a project: Monthly Market Report. This hands-on exercise involves monitoring yield spreads and analyzing S&P 500 performance. By the end of the week, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of interest rates, yield spreads, and the practical skills to navigate these delicacies in the financial market.

Watch: Historical Time Series Data & Interest Rate Shocks – Excel | Python

Absolute Returns/Shocks | Proportional/Relative Shocks - Discrete | Continuous | Profile of Interest Rates – 10Y & 3M | Variability Profile | YC Profile – Current Rates & Shocks

Watch: US Treasury Rates & Yield Curve

Treasury Yield Curve - Normal | Inverted | Humped/Flat | Historical Time-Series of Interest Rates | 2007-08 & 2022-23 Interest Rate Profiles | Market Sentiments | FED 2024-25 Targets

Read: Normal, Inverted, and Humped Interest Rate Curve

Read: Interview Guide Question(s)

What are the implications of different shapes of yield curves?

Watch: US Treasury Yield Spread

Treasury Yield Spread - 10Y3M Spread | Yield Spread Table | Interpretation & Identification of Yield Curve Profile & Inversions

Project: Monthly Market Report: Monitoring Yield Spreads and S&P 500 Performance

Your objective is to prepare a market report, focusing on the dynamics of the US Treasury Yield Spread and S&P 500 Equity Index data from 1990 to the present.

Watch: Market Report: Monitoring USD10Y3M Yield Spread

Treasury Yield Spread - USD10Y3M Spread | Historical Levels - Peak | Trough | Current | Preparing Market Report - Description | Financial Crisis | Economic Recessions | Advice - Long/Short Position

Watch: Market Report: Monitoring SnP500 Equity Index

Equity Market Index - SnP 500 Index | Performance Measures - Rolling Maximum Cumulative Loss | Maximum Drawdown | Preparing Market Report - Description | Financial Crisis | Economic Recessions | Chart

Watch: S&P 500 Performance: Cumulative Loss & Maximum Drawdown

Performance Measures - Growth Index | Cumulative Losses | Maximum Drawdown | Period - 1990 to Present | Generate Consolidated Market Report

### Week 5 and 6: Modeling Term-Structure of Interest Rates

Welcome to Week 4, where we venture into the fascinating domain of modeling the term-structure of interest rates. This week is dedicated to understanding the complexities of yield curve construction through various methods. We'll kick off by exploring Yield Curve Construction using Interpolation Methods such as linear, polynomial, and cubic spline. You'll gain insights into the construction process and the significance of day count conventions.

Next up, we'll delve into the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) Regression Method for yield curve construction. This statistical approach involves understanding simple linear regression, model coefficients, and the unexplained component, allowing you to grasp the nuances of modeling the term-structure, tops with some advanced models: the Nelson Siegel (NS) and Nelson Siegel Svensson (NSS) models. These polynomial regression models provide a deeper understanding of the level, slope, and curvature components of the yield curve.

Watch: Yield Curve Construction – Interpolation Methods

Yield Curve Construction - Interpolation Methods - Linear | Polynomial | Higher-Order Polynomials - Quadratic | Cubic | Quartic | Day Count Convention - 30/360

Watch: Advanced Interpolation Methods – Vandermonde Matrix

Yield Curve Construction - Interpolation Methods - Vandermonde Matrix | System of Linear Equations | Determinant | Coefficients | Curve Fitting | Limitations

Watch: Advanced Interpolation Methods – Newton Divided Difference

Yield Curve Construction - Interpolation Methods - Newton's Divided Difference | Newton (Divided Difference) - First/Second/Third-Order Derivatives | Coefficients | Curve Fitting | Limitations - Degree & Extrapolation

Watch: Advanced Interpolation Methods – Lagrange & Cubic Spline Interpolation

Yield Curve Construction - Interpolation Methods - Lagrange & Cubic Spline | Coefficients | Curve Fitting | Limitations

Watch: Modeling Yield Curve – Regression Models (Single Factor)

Modeling Term-Structure of Interest Rates - Ordinary Least Squares Method - Simple Linear Regression | Quadratic Regression | Cubic Regression | Dependent & Independent Variable | Model Coefficients - Slope & Intercept | High-Order Coefficients - Curvature | Unexplained Component - Error Term/Sum of Squared Residuals | Model Predictions | Best Fit Curve

Project: A Research Beyond Yield Curves: Best-Fit Model For Yield Curve Estimation

Actual vs. Predicted Interest Rates | Coefficient Table | Residuals | R-squared (Coefficient of Determination) | Model Performance

Watch: Modeling Yield Curve – Nelson Siegel (NS) & Nelson Siegel Svensson (NSS) Models

Yield Curve Construction - Nelson Siegel & Nelson Siegel Svensson Model - Polynomial Regression | Model Coefficients - Level, Slope & Curvature | Unexplained Component - Error Term | Model Predictions | Best Fit Line

Watch: Model Validation – Nelson Siegel (NS) & Nelson Siegel Svensson (NSS) Models

Model Parameters – Level (ß0) | Slope (ß1) | Curvature (ß2, ß3, ß4) | Scale (τ1, τ2) | Evaluation Metrics – Mean Absolute Error (MAE) | Mean Squared Error (MSE) | Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) | Median Absolute Error (MedAE) | Maximum Error (ME) | Mean Absolute Percentage Error (MAPE) | Residual Sum of Squares (RSS) | Total Sum of Squares (TSS) | Coefficient of Determination (R²)

Watch: Modeling Interest Rate Risk Factors – Principal Component Analysis (PCA)

Statistics – Variance | Covariance-Correlation Matrix | Normalization | Principal Component Identification – Level | Slope | Curvature | Eigen Decomposition – Values & Vectors | Dimensionality Reduction | PC Computation & Uncorrelated Shocks

Read: Interview Guide Question(s)

Explain the concept of linear interpolation in the context of constructing an interest rate yield curve.

How does the linear interpolation method help in estimating interest rates for intermediate maturities?

Why might we choose to use regression models for yield curve construction when we have the option to interpolate? What specific advantages or insights do regression models offer in this context?

Can you elaborate on the mathematical principles behind the Vandermonde matrix and its role in curve fitting?

What are the Nelson Siegel (NS) and Nelson Siegel Svensson (NSS) models, and how do they differ from traditional regression approaches?

What are the key parameters and evaluation metrics used in validating yield curve models, particularly those based on NS and NSS methodologies?

How do validation metrics such as Mean Absolute Error (MAE) and Coefficient of Determination (R²) help assess the performance of yield curve models?

What are the underlying factors driving change in interest rates?

What is the complexity involved in modeling multiple risk factors for fixed-income portfolios?

How Principal Component Analysis (PCA) can help in modeling interest rate risk?

Can you explain the main drivers behind the shifts and movements in the term structure of interest rates as represented by the first three principal components in principal component analysis (PCA)?

How would you interpret the "y-intercept", "b1", and "b2" coefficients different from "level", "slope", and "curvature" in yield curve analysis?

### Week 7: Analyzing Time-Series & Modeling Volatilities

We'll focus on analyzing time-series data and mastering the art of modeling volatilities. Time-series analysis is a powerful tool in understanding the dynamics of financial markets, and I'm here to guide you through it.

We begin by exploring time-series modeling of equity price and returns, introducing concepts such as moving average (MA) models and their variations. You'll gain a nuanced understanding of the strengths, limitations, and real-world applications of these models.

Our journey continues with an in-depth look at the standard deviation as a measure of historical volatility. We'll examine different types of volatilities, including normal, downside, and annualized volatility. You'll also engage in a practical project comparing the effectiveness of simple and exponential moving averages in analyzing equity risk. As we progress, you'll encounter advanced topics such as the Exponential Weighted Moving Average (EWMA) model, parameter estimation using Maximum Likelihood Estimator (MLE), and the powerful GARCH model for modeling volatilities.

Watch: Time-Series Modeling of Equity Price & Returns

Time-Series Data | Moving Average (MA) Models - Simple Moving Average (SMA) Model | Exponential Moving Average (EMA) Model | Short-Term vs. Long-Term Moving Average | Simple vs. Exponential Moving Average - Behaviour | Relation | Limitations

Read: Interview Guide Question(s)

What are the drawbacks of using the Simple Moving Average (EMA) Model?

What is Exponential Moving Average (EMA)? and where can it be applied?

How is Exponential Moving Average (EMA) different from Simple Moving Average (SMA)?

What are the drawbacks of using the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) Model?

Watch: Modeling Volatilities – Standard Deviation

Historical/Realized Volatility - Standard Deviation - Normal | Downside | Annualized Volatility | Simple Moving Average (SMA) Model

Project: Applied Time-Series Models for Equity Risk – Simple vs. Exponential

Watch: Modeling Volatilities – Exponential Weighted Moving Average (EWMA) Model

Time Series Modeling | Volatility Clustering | Model Features – Innovation | Persistence | Conditional Volatility | Parameter Estimation

Watch: Estimating Parameters – Maximum Likelihood Estimator (MLE)

Model Fitting | Likelihood Function | Probability Distributions

Watch: Modeling Volatilities – GARCH Model

Time Series Modeling | Volatility Clustering | Model Features – Innovation | Persistence | Long-Term Mean Reversion | Conditional Volatility | Parameter Estimation

Here's to your success and the exciting path ahead! happy learning, Professional!