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AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund TraderI did one of these before a couple years back when i was on the sellside, and figured why not do another one since these threads seem to get a lot of traction and provide a lot of useful info for kids. My background: -Discretionary trader at a large hedge fund, focusing on credit and... 6 months 1 day
Looking to fund start up projectsEssentially, along with a friend we are allocating some funds towards finding early seed start up ventures. For the past couple of years we have made ad-hoc investments via various crowd funding platforms. After a couple successes we decided that it would be worth it to try and source our own... 10 months 3 weeks
Playing Bethpage Black this SummerWanted to reach out to people on the site. I will be spending some time in NYC late July this year. One thing I have really wanted to do is play Bethpage black, but obviously have heard things about getting on. Wanted to see if anybody on the site has had experience getting on, how early do you... 1 year 8 months
Technical question of the weekI figured it would be ok posting this as WSO doesn't actually a sell a S... 1 year 10 months
Q&A: Ask me anything, former BB traderI did one of these in the past but I think it fizzled out, mainly because i was travelling at the time so didnt really find the time to reply. Saw that a couple of these have generated interest so figured will give it another shot now that I can reply more regularly. Background: Non target,... 2 years 1 month
Day in the Life of an Options Trader5:45 – early rise, whichever desk you end up on you are most likely going to be waking up around this time. Adjust your sleeping habits accordingly or suffer for most of the day. 6:30 – Arrive on the desk, market opens in 90 minutes so its really a countdown from here. 20 minutes is spent just... 2 years 4 months
Goldman or Bust?Over the past week I have been getting a flood of pm's/emails asking for advice, and I have chatted with some of you over Skype as well in prep for interviews, and one theme keeps coming up that really boggles my mind and in a way really annoys me. This idea of Goldman or bust. I am not going to... 2 years 4 months
Ask Me Anything: BB Equity Derivatives TraderSo since most interns are about to start their summer programs or are in the first couple of weeks, I thought I would open a forum for anyone to ask their any questions/worries they might have. I can only reply in the context of trading/sales internships but i'm sure others can chime in with their... 2 years 5 months
Do's and Dont's as a Trading InternJust some advice as we are getting a bit closer to intern season. Hopefully people will start adding more in the comments, I wanted to stay away from the obvious ones. The Do Not’s 1) Do not screw up a lunch order: I know, this is quite obvious, but I can’t stress enough the importance of... 2 years 8 months
Ask a Sellside Options TraderSo i have been on this forum for a while, and recently i have been bombarded with personal emails asking me questions about the industry, trading, breaking in, interviews etc, so i wanted to open the discussion as these types of thread seem to be very informative, and it will allow me to respond to... 2 years 10 months


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1) Get a technical overview, skim through Fabozzi...1) Get a technical overview, skim through Fabozzi as mentioned above. No need to get overly technical with it 2) Read the FT (if in Europe) or WSJ (if in US) daily, try to read at least 50% of the articles in full, and 100% of the articles at least first couple sentences. Trust me its worth it,... 12 hours 11 min
Do whatever you are passionate about. Some people...Do whatever you are passionate about. Some people are lucky to be passionate about something that pays really well, others are less lucky and need jobs they might not be passionate as their passions are not well paid. You are in the lucky position where you can solely focus on what you are... 3 days 16 hours
Way too much in this thread to read, but i would...Way too much in this thread to read, but i would say one thing. People in finance tend to really overestimate how much value they bring in and how much is brought in by their seat. If a sales guy brings in X amount of comission, a large portion of that is likely due to just him being the sales guy... 4 days 17 hours
I set that site up, if you have any specific...I set that site up, if you have any specific questions let me know. Its aimed to be fairly technical. Id say feedback has been something like 10% negative overall (just estimating very roughly). 4 days 17 hours
Why dont you post at least an attempt to solving...Why dont you post at least an attempt to solving it before some gives you an answer. Its very simple and literally requires like 3 calculations, all of which can be done in your head. 6 days 19 hours
1) On the sell side? no, its much more short term...1) On the sell side? no, its much more short term and execution oriented than that. I started on a single stock options desk and spent some time learning otuside of work about fundamental analysis, but all the senior traders told me that "its good to know, but it wont make you a better trader on... 1 week 1 day
knowing VBA/Excel on a desk is a great way to...knowing VBA/Excel on a desk is a great way to make yourself useful as a junior and further on makes you more self sufficient when you get more senior But tbh most things you learn as you go along. I have found repeatedly VBA/Excel is best learnt via necessity. You get handed an assignment ot... 1 week 1 day
You wont get exposure to styles of HFs during a...You wont get exposure to styles of HFs during a summer at GS. Sellside is a completely different business from the buyside for all intents and purposes. Yes overall macro performance is down, but then look at banks, there isnt a day that goes by where a fine isnt announced. Trust me, if you saw... 1 week 2 days
maybe it can start to have an affect in the most...maybe it can start to have an affect in the most liquid index options, but the tricky thing with equity derivatives is that even the most vanilla standardized options there are just so many strikes and maturities. With stocks, all stocks of a company are the same, there is one product. Whereas for... 1 week 2 days
So let me get this straight, you want to be at a...So let me get this straight, you want to be at a HF long term, and have an offer from one of the worlds largest and most successfull HFs out there, and you still want to take the GS offer? And on top of that two guys are also recommending GS? Wow, the power of GS never ceases to amaze me. 1 week 3 days
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