Setting work life balance expectations

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Rank: Monkey | 51

Does anyone have any advice for setting work-life balance expectations at trading firms/hedge funds? I don't want to fall into the trap of working 60 hour weeks like I did during some of my internships.

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Aug 2, 2019


Timing Is Everything.

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Aug 7, 2019

60 hour weeks is the norm. If you want to be successful in this industry then you should not care about the hours. The people I know that make seven figures plus a year are the ones that work all the time and love what they do. Maybe making a ton of money is not the goal for you, which is absolutely fine.

However, you joined the wrong industry to work less than 60 hours a week. Would go to a long-only / family office shop if you are looking for a good work/life balance. - Advice on Finance, Careers and Investing in General

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Aug 30, 2019

could you elaborate on hours at MM HF for junior research analysts? Hope to see another article from you soon!

Aug 8, 2019

Trading is generally 7/7.30am to 5.30/6pm but depends on what desk you are in
I have colleagues in FX market making doing 8.30-5.30 and others doing fic on 7-5

Aug 8, 2019

Many quant funds have 40-50 hours per week as standard, similar to software firms. It's not about working a certain number of hours, but being efficient and producing results. I think HFT funds with shorter holding periods have longer hours, since they are more tied to daily market movements.

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Aug 29, 2019

My experience starting on the trading desk was 60 hours for the first 3 years. As my responsibilities grew, reputation for good work earned me 8-6 hours, so 50 hrs. I didn't see anyone do any better than that.
if you don't want to work these hours, you could save your money and start looking to get out.


Aug 30, 2019
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