Path to get into Phys Trading through J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities?

Hey all,

I'm currently a natural gas scheduler looking to transition into physical trading and am considering getting an M.B.A. with a specialization in commodities at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at CU Denver as I see it as an opportunity to enhance the prospect of trading in the future.

I am curious if there are any graduates of this program, or if anyone in general has any knowledge of it? It's a rather new school, formed in 2012, so I'm not sure what to make of it in terms of reputation/exit opps. It looks like a very unique school that is trying to compete with some of the graduate trading programs abroad and could possibly accelerate a trader's career?

Thanks for your help.

1) Knowledge of, reputation, exit opps at J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at CU Denver?

2) Grad school a necessary requirement to get into physical trading?

3) Best path to go from scheduler to trader?

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Sep 1, 2015 - 11:35pm

2) Grad school a necessary requirement to get into physical trading?

Not from what I've seen, literally at all. In fact I've heard it borderline works against you.

3) Best path to go from scheduler to trader?

That is the right path, keep at it and NETWORK. Ideally if you could rotate into a risk type role that would get you a more rounded experience but scheduling -> trading works fine. I think someone just did an AMA that was a scheduler -> trader background.

Sep 2, 2015 - 8:05pm

Thanks for the advice, I'll check that AMA out.

Interesting to hear you say that grad school could hurt you, it seems to me like most of the big shops are looking for people with these degrees. Where are you hearing this, and why do you think that is?

Sep 2, 2015 - 11:44pm

Second GoodBread.

You're already on the right track, an MBA will just disconnect you from actually doing relevant work that ultimately pushes you towards your end goal. And to answer your question, I'm not hearing it really, a quick LinkedIn search does the trick. Take a sample size and analyze what you see. Most MBAs in energy trading I see are in management roles.

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