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Secondary Magazine - Issue 29: The interview

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Secondary Magazine Issue 29

The Interview

Name: David Courtney

About you: David is an advisor within the financial services industry. Following his school education, he entered into the career of finance in 1981. Roles in credit, risk management, assurance and banking, as well as financial planning, have been undertaken.

The most recent use of mathematics in your job was... when using percentages and a pie chart to calculate existing assets and how they are allocated. 

Some mathematics that amazed you is... when I became interested in portfolio design and discovering the covariance and correlation of assets and how assets vary according to so many market factors.

Why mathematics?  My father and my grandfather used to test me on my multiplication tables and mathematical formulae skills as a schoolboy. I put this to good use most days, it may relate to clients’ personal objectives, tax calculations or performance and statistical data. It is fundamental to success.

Your favourite/most significant mathematics-related anecdote is…‘Investing is not a gamble but an educated risk.’ 

A mathematics joke that makes you laugh is… Q) What do parents scream when their child walks in to the room dazed and staggering?
A) Oh no!  You’ve been taking derivatives!!

Something else that makes you laugh is… the film with Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets.

Your favourite television programme is… it’s an oldie, The Good Life.. 
Your favourite ice-cream flavour is... Blackcurrant – preferably 'Roskilly’s' in Cornwall.
Who inspired you? Harry Markovitz. 
If you weren’t doing this job you would… be an actor.
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