Q&A COMMODITY TRADING: Commodity Hedge Fund from Physical Commodity Trading// Exit Ops//Compensation

1- how do you break into a Commodity Hedge Fund from a Physical Commodity Trader (e.g Vitol) after having been trained in Mid Office (Deals Desk/Traffic) as a junior?
2- what are generally the exit opps from Commidity trading? How easy is it to move from a Phy.Trader to IBank Comm. Trading/Sales desk? Can you make a career "jump" from 2 years junior at Phy.Trader to Associate/VP in IBank? Do you need an MBA?
3- What is the Compensation like for a junior TRADER (3rd year analyst) at Vitol?
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Nov 29, 2013 - 10:56am

im just a student interested in the area but will try to shed some light...
1. main way is to do a trader trainee program. there is usually some formal method to become a trader after 3ish years as an analyst
2. commodity trading is the exit opp. this isn't IBD. people actually enjoy doing it. Generally people want to leave a bank and go to a trading house, not the other way. The training at an oil major/trading house is far superior to what you'll get at a bank. Nobody cares about your MBA.

Nov 29, 2013 - 11:37am

sb842:

im just a student interested in the area but will try to shed some light...

1. main way is to do a trader trainee program. there is usually some formal method to become a trader after 3ish years as an analyst

2. commodity trading is the exit opp. this isn't IBD. people actually enjoy doing it. Generally people want to leave a bank and go to a trading house, not the other way. The training at an oil major/trading house is far superior to what you'll get at a bank. Nobody cares about your MBA.

All spot on. Very misguided questions...

Dec 1, 2013 - 1:54pm

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