Trader to MBA

I am a 26 year old energy trader who has an UG in finance and an MFE from a top program. I've been trading for 2 years in physical energy at a top merchant trading firm such as glencore, trafigura, tenaska trading physical commodities (natural gas, oil etc. I don't want to mention specifics because the industry is small and I want to stay anonymous) I am considering going to get an MBA so I can more easily find financing to start my own merchant trading company. I was wondering if there are other traders (physical or financial) who have gone and gotten and MBA and what they think about its marginal value.

I am not an unsuccessful trader so the whole "only a bad trader goes and gets and MBA" isn't relevant. I am simply ambitious and want to own a merchant trading firm one day.

Also what programs have the best rates of acceptance of traders. I've read top programs look poorly in traders and feel the positions doesn't offer much of the skill set they desire. However, I disagree as physical trading is equal parts trading and deal making.

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Jan 20, 2016 - 3:56am
financetradingnews, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, You get MBA Then after stat trading.

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Jan 20, 2016 - 9:08pm
watersign, what's your opinion? Comment below:

wtf is getting an MBA going to teach you? save your shekels

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Jan 21, 2016 - 5:55am
A.Novak, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have always viewed formal education as a great way for High School leavers to experience the real world whilst still being grounded by the demands that such study requires. I believe that an undergraduate degree is still one of the most valuable things a school leaver can do with his / her time, providing the course is directly related to the career in which the student wants to spend his / her life working in.

Studies at post-graduate level, like an MBA, vary considerably in cost and what the course actually entails. In Australia, undergraduate degrees are funded through a Government loan program (Fee-Help) where as postgraduate study is not. As Australia does not therefore have "student loans" available from banking institutions, most post-graduate degrees are paid for by an employer as part of a leadership / management program.

Let's take a look at your particular situation: - 26 Years Old - Tertiary Qualified in Finance - 2 Years experience in a top merchant trading firm.

I think it would be a serious mistake to give up your work and return to study, which will cost you a considerable amount of money that you may not ever see back. Many people have completed MBA programs and describe their experience as life-changing - but I don't think this would apply in your particular situation. Your future career goals are clear in your mind.

Instead of putting in the time, energy and cost to complete an MBA program. Why not spend that time building up a network of like-minded individuals. Keep doing what you are doing - the two year itch is normal but if you push on through it begins to look excellent on your resume.

Comments and opinions expressed are that of my own and do not represent the views of any commercial entity. Always seek licenced financial advice prior to making any investment decision.
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Jan 21, 2016 - 5:58am
niu_noida, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice information.

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Dec 1, 2016 - 8:23am
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