AMA - Commodities Trading, Alternative Investments, Alt Data

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Rank: Monkey | 52

Experience spans across energy commodity markets, S&T, alternative investments, strategic busdev, corporate strategy leadership and risk mgmt.

My Background:

  • BS in Economics-Finance from small university with strong business reputation with 3.7 (studied abroad twice - London & Australia)
  • 2yrs at bulge bracket bank as Commodities Analyst - Power & Natural Gas
  • 2yrs at Top 3 physical commodities trading shop physical prop desk - NGLs, Crude & Gasoline
  • 2yrs at large investment management firm assisting in management of $40B AUM alternative investment funds
  • 3yrs at non-profit helping create industry certification for physical & financial energy market professionals
  • now at geospatial analytic start-up focused on satellite radar intel for commodity markets

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    Member @Commodity101 shares his overarching career mantra. We cover how he broke into a bulge bracket trading desk in energy and natural gas, why he jumped to a physical trading commodity shop after 2 years, his pivot to a $40bn alternative investment fund and why he then spent 3 years at a non-profit in the certification space.

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  • Comments (9)

    Jul 29, 2019

    Thanks for this. What do you think of light ends desk for crude & derivatives in an oil supermajor? My dream would be to end up in a commodities shop or hedge

    Most Helpful
    Jul 29, 2019

    Most oil majors have Rotational programs that I highly recommend you take a look at if interested in going that route - they offer great exposure across roles, responsibilities, and market perspectives - similar to those offered at large banks. If you have no experience in energy/commodities, the
    Energy Risk Professional (ERP)
    https://www.garp.org/#!/erp?utm_content=org_erpreg... certification that I mention on the podcast is a great way to get up to speed quickly, focused on practical real-world knowledge (not how a book tells you energy markets work).

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    Jul 29, 2019

    Thanks for the reply. Luckily, I do have energy experience and I also studied in one of the leading master for commodities trading (think Geneva, CASS)

    I have an incoming interview for a trading position in light ends desk..Finger crossed! :)

    Jul 29, 2019

    what is his website he states at min 34? Couldn't fully understand what he said

    Most Controversial
    Jul 29, 2019

    www.ursaspace.com

    Blogs/whitepaper I reference on the podcast can be found here: https://www.ursaspace.com/blog

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    Jul 30, 2019

    Thanks for the interesting podcast.

    I am a university student and also believe in the well-roundedness you describe. Probably because it fits my personality. My ideal career path would be to start a career in trading and then pivot more towards management styled roles

    You have succesfully done this, but do you think it's feasible in general? What's your experience like in a management position?

    Jul 31, 2019

    Is it easy? No. Is it feasible? Yes. Your drive and initiative will not go unnoticed. I've been the youngest manager at the last 2 companies I've been at. Age doesn't matter as long as you bring something valuable to the table.

    Jul 31, 2019

    Insight on comp and future career growth?

    Aug 2, 2019
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