Tony Kobine

Excel for Financial Services

I'm a consultant software developer specialising in Excel for investment banks and asset managers. My business experience covers Credit Risk, Equity Derivatives, Cash Equities, FX, Structured Products and Asset Management (Bonds, Fund-of-Funds and Manager-of-Managers).

This experience has been applied in consulting assignments to Investment Banks (UBS, Bank of America, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Lloyds, Merrill Lynch) and Asset Managers (PIMCO. GAM, AXA IM, AXA Architas) in London and Hong Kong.

I interface directly with traders and business managers to understand their requirements then return regularly to confirm that their application is developing in the way that they want. I also interface with other interested parties––quants, structurers, risk managers, market data, middle and back office, for example––to secure the infrastructure components, analytics, data feeds, controls and reporting that the application requires.

In addition to designing, implementing and testing code, I manage end-to-end production of user documentation, Help files and training courses.

Investment applications stretch Excel to the limit and often throw up hard-to-solve problems related to memory size, calculation speed, interfacing to Bloomberg and internal systems or downloading data from the corporate database. I am an expert at solving these types of problems and may only need a day or two to get you back on track

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