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bio website lordabbett.com
location New York
age 32
visits member for 2 years, 9 months
seen Dec 12 '12 at 20:35

Experience

I work as a quantitative researcher on the buy side, finding new sources of alpha and designing relative value models and trading strategies around them. I've dealt with practically all the major asset classes.
Presently at Lord Abbett, one of the oldest asset management firms to still actively innovate and push the envelope.
Previously at Parkcentral Capital Management, the hedge fund division of Perot Investments.

Education

PhD in Economics from Princeton University.
SB in Economics from MIT.


I live in New York City with my wife and daughter.

To stalk me further, you can check out my LinkedIn profile and twitter: @TalQuant.


Feb
15
comment How should an employer respond to a government policy requiring abortion coverage?
@avi While my question is a hypothetical, the scary part is that the way social trends have gone over the last few decades I could conceive of it becoming a reality in my life time. Not so for insurer-subsidized euthanasia.
Feb
15
comment How should an employer respond to a government policy requiring abortion coverage?
@Will my original thought behind including the murder line was only, as msh210 points out, to make it clear that this is something Jewish law prohibits gentiles from doing, as well (under certain circumstances), and that it is a very serious issur.
Feb
15
comment How should an employer respond to a government policy requiring abortion coverage?
Good points, all of them, but the employer may be paying more directly for these abortions than you realize. First off, the premiums will rise immediately once abortion is covered, so the employer is paying directly for the potential provision of a prohibited service. Second, many employer schemes base one year's premiums on the previous year's costs, so that higher costs in one year due to coverage of abortions feeds directly into the employer's premiums the following year.
Feb
15
comment How should an employer respond to a government policy requiring abortion coverage?
@Will as I said, you are missing the point of the question. If you find it so distracting, then I will modify the question.
Feb
15
comment How should an employer respond to a government policy requiring abortion coverage?
@Will my question is not intended to start a debate about abortions. It is about the appropriate response to government policies that require one to pay for others' doing highly objectionable things. Abortion is just an example of how that would come up in practice.
Sep
28
comment Why does the Bible contain many instances of group or tribal punishment and guilt?
I think you have the question backwards. Given that God is the ultimate source of justice, how can we say Western society is just?
Sep
1
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
@AdamRedwine I think logic is in a completely different category, and while I personally believe God is bound by logic, I think this is more a statement about our own capacity for logic than about God.
Sep
1
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
@AdamRedwine The way I see it, that still does not present a problem. God is not part of the universe, for He created the universe. It does not matter that it is unknowable to people or animals or anything else in the universe, God is not "included" in the universe because God created the universe. The answer is, ultimately, either one you are instantly satisfied with or you will never be satisfied with any answer.
Sep
1
comment Is hamsa allowed?
The pagan origins are "theories" according to wikipedia, while the true origin is unknown. If the origin truly is Islam and Middle Eastern (non-Jewish) culture, is it still forbidden?
Aug
28
comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
@WAF, well, the question is, why not call it something like "just to be safe Shabbat start time" or "recommended Shabbat start time" since, after all, you can still light candles before or after that time?
Aug
26
comment Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
@Alex your comment seems answer-worthy. Thanks.
Aug
26
comment Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
Is there a limit according to those sources as to how many times you should punish yourself, both in terms of number of additional candles and in how long you should persist in lighting the additional candles? Is there a basis for not counting the weeks before you became observant? Any other "exceptions"?
Aug
26
comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
@GershonGold You would call it something along the lines of (and more formal than) "time to finish your shabbat preparations."
Aug
26
comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
It would if you could point to a source for the origin of that practice.
Aug
26
comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
Perhaps my question was not clear. It is permissible (presumably) to light shabbat candles after "candle-lighting" time, so why call it that?
Aug
19
comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
#3 seems like a separate question to me. Can you bring any evidence to bear on your assertion that learning is a greater mitzvah than tzedakah?
Aug
19
comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
I sympathize with the #1/#2 of your concerns, that we shouldn't be doing such cheshbonot in order to minimize our tzedakah obligation, but suppose this is not just "3 hours" but actually a substantial sum, such that the forgone income is perhaps 5-10% of one's total income from other sources.
Aug
19
comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
The reason I posted so many situations above is because my LOR did distinguish between the cases, however I would like to see more sources. In particular, not sure why, but he did recommend I change my b'diavad situation to a l'chatchila situation, and that I NOT count the services b'diavad thus far towards ma'aser kesafim.
Aug
9
comment What's the best way to make ashes (for weddings and/or pre-Tisha B'Av)?
Thinner breads, such as burrito wraps, make better ashes with less mess and less smoke.
Aug
5
comment What potential issues may arise with serving jury duty on Tisha b'Av?
Good job with the site, Isaac. Thanks to @Sam for pointing it out to me.