Physical Trading to Proprietary Trading?
*Im a junior working in. Can't say more otherwise someone here might recognize me.
How difficult is it for traders in the physical space to transition to a financial trading role?
Many of the new hires by hedge funds in the commodities space come from investment bank S&T backgrounds.
Are physical traders at a disadvantage given the difference in skillsets? I focus more of my time on executing sale and purchase contracts, managing customer relationships , handling logistics (storage, shipping, trucking), originating new flows and hedging financial exposure. I hardly have time to originate trade ideas on spreads, outrights and volatility. Even if I do many physical shops eschew proprietary trading altogether.
Is there a pathway for physical guys like me?