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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Trader, Scholar and Risk Engineer at NYU-Tandon School


Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent a quarter century as an option trader before becoming a researcher specializing in mathematical problems with probability and a “real world” approach to risk management. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU and principal at Universa Investments. Taleb is the author of the INCERTO (Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile, The Bed of Procrustes, and Skin in the Game). He is also the author of Dynamic Hedging and more than 60 scholarly publications on risk and probability across different fields, ranging from statistical physics and quantitative finance to medicine and ethics. His body of work has 120 translations into 37 languages. Over his trading career Taleb closed about 650,000 option trades and examined close to 200,000 risk reports.

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