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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... 4 days 17 hours
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... 4 months 2 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 1 month
Technical question of the weekI figured it would be ok posting this as WSO doesn't actually a sell a S... 1 year 4 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,... 1 year 7 months
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... 1 year 10 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... 1 year 10 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... 1 year 11 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 2 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 4 months


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AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="FrankR313"]Have you ever heard of someone in an operations capacity (more of an administrative role) on the buy side making a jump to a more analytically focused position? If so, what would you suggest the is the best way to navigate that transition?[/quote] Depends on the office and how... 6 days 5 hours
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="Acidophilus"]thanks +1'ed you just one more if you don't mind. you said you are in sort of an apprentice capacity to the senior PM - i assume you are planning to stay there and then develop over time into having your own carve out and generally more discretion. let's say after a year or... 6 days 5 hours
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="eastcoastnontarget"]I know you said you were single name vol trader, what are your thoughts on single name equity vol vs equity index vol desks on the sell side? I feel like index vol desks would give you a better macro view which would be more beneficial for a buy side type role. But, I'm... 6 days 5 hours
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="GoodBread"]What has been the toughest adjustment to make switching to the buyside?[/quote] Probably 2 things: 1) In general you dont have client flow, which is mainly good as it means you can actually work on projects and have your own pace, instead of alwasy reacting and having the... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="qs344"]- What role in the equity derivatives space do you think offers the most upside for non-execution buy-side trading/portfolio management? Any thoughts on index vs. single stock? - Do you regret not starting your career in a product more intensely focused on rates? - I read a... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="Acidophilus"]Thanks for doing this. Feel free to answer all/some/none: - How did you choose the role you are in? What were your considerations when evaluating which role to accept? - How is your fund structured - one of the multi-manager platforms with tight limits? Is execution... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="SpaceMarine"]Thank you for doing this!!! 1) I'm an engineering undergrad looking to break into trading (probably sellside). I have to decide between two quant finance Masters programs which offered me admission: UC Berkeley Financial Engineering & Carnegie Mellon Computational Finance... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="eastcoastnontarget"]What kind of background do the flow vol traders generally have/need on the sell-side? I'm assuming most, if not all of the exotic guys have masters/PHDs, but figured you could trade vanilla stuff with just a quant-ish undergrad? What's your trading strategy at the fund... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="BufT"]Any advice for lateral move from middle office to credit trading./credit desk analyst?[/quote] Learn how to analyze companies/credits. Do the necessary reading and self study and then once you are comfortable with that network. Networking is great and all, but networking without... 1 week 3 days
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund Trader[quote="chobani"]-When you were trading derivatives, what kind were they? How do you choose between vanilla/exotic derivatives, and recruit for that? -Is mental math speed or high level math ability more important for trading derivatives? -When interviewing for a derivatives position, should you... 1 week 3 days