Degree in Math?

A reader wants confirmation on pursuing a math degree for trading success:

“Mike, I have a feeling you’re going to throw a dozen eggs at me for this question. I’m considering applying to Columbia’s Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics with Specialization in The Mathematics of Finance. Will this give me more success in trading or can I do without it? Do many of the top traders have degrees in Mathematics? Regards, V.”

I have no idea if a degree in math will help you or not. Trading is trading, math is math. There are plenty of great traders without math degrees and plenty of great traders with math degrees. I will not throw any eggs at you, but I did have a pretty strong throwing arm. That said, much more fun to throw a baseball than an egg!