Vooroordelen?

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Vooroordelen? Vrijdag in mijn flexruimte (in de ruimte, Utrecht) een man ontmoet, Chris. Chris is levenscoach en helpt jongeren keuzes te maken in het leven. We hadden een gesprek over vooroordelen. Dat vooroordelen het leven overzichtelijker maken, omdat je niet altijd tijd ruimte en energie kunt hebben om een weloverwogen beslissing te maken. Dat je hoofd geen ruimte heeft om alles netjes af te wegen dus je rust geeft door die last van je weg te nemen met een vooroordeel. Uit zelfbescherming. Chris zei iets heel moois, dat dat ook met liefde kan. Als je vooroordeel altijd is dat iemand […]

End of Season

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The end of the season is nigh, and in fact I have started my holidays already. Time for a small recap. Working for my own company so far has been very rewarding. Although leaving a position of relative comfort and acknowledged expertise has been a bit scary, it is nice to see such a position is quite easily regained. Well maybe not the comfort, but it only takes a couple of meetings and one presentation to show the new colleagues at least a bit of what they can expect. I’ve noticed the difference as already for some parts I can […]

Bilbao

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I went to Bilbao last week to visit one of the head offices of BBVA and talk with the guys responsible for interest rate risk reporting. We looked together at a proposal on sanitizing the model using current QRM functionality. I am very happy about what has been proposed, as it is in line with wat I consider best practices in setting up QRM. These guys know what they are doing and I am happy to be a part of it for the next couple of months. Coming weeks it will be time to implement the suggestions made, probably moving […]

First assignment coming up.

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I will be starting with a proof of concept showing how to implement stress testing methodology for liquidity in QRM. I have a lot of ideas on it and actually cant wait to get started! But first it’s sunday, and, as I am in a new appartement and a new neighbourhood it is time to settle down once again in a different place. This one is a bit further up north, a bit closer to work but still in a somewhat lively neighbourhood. Could this be the place to stay for a longer period?

Real Madrid!

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Top basketbal in Madrid Yesterday went with a colleague of Nfoque to a game in the Euroleague of Real Madrid! Well.. Real Madrid Basketbal, but they are  the best team in Europe, having the most vicotries in history in the euro league. Sadly yesterday they lost though, but is was good to be out having some fun at night.

Week 1

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The first week in Madrid is done. After initially feeling a bit lost I am starting to feel more at home. Luckily my former colleague Jake linked me with some of his former colleagues at ING who are working in Madrid. They had some nice tips for me, including meetup.com. Via that site I have met some people for language exchange, and I am already starting to make some progress speaking Spanish as well! Meanwhile at BBVA we have the usual logistic issues surrounding new employees, but today I got my access to the building (via fingerprint no less) and after […]