Meet a Sydney Trader

Meet a Trader

Alma Mater: Australian National University

Hometown: Canberra

Walk us through a typical day in your life.

I ride into work, have breakfast, and get ready for the day's trading. Before the open, I'll review my positions and discuss overnight news with our Research team. Between 10.00 and 4.30, I'm trading. Trades are executed in a number of ways, manually, automatically through automated strategies, and negotiations with brokers. These require different skill sets, but luckily I work with three senior traders, so have no shortage of people to discuss ideas and opinions.

Were you involved with anything in the past that sparked your interest in joining a company like SIG?

While at university, I spent a lot of time playing poker. Hearing that SIG teaches poker as a part of the training process excited me. The poker lessons are from some globally respected players who work at SIG. These are guys I've watched on TV.

What do you like best about working here?

I appreciate the challenge work provides. I am constantly learning and improving my decision making. I have learned a lot about quantitative decision making techniques, and how to apply poker and game theory to trading decisions.

What projects and experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

I spent a full year training with some of the best traders in the industry at SIG's head office in Philadelphia. The office is filled with talented people who want to teach you and share their knowledge. Because of this experience, I have developed relationships with colleagues across the globe and we keep in touch and discuss strategies.

What is unique about your current role?

I have autonomy on the trades I make. SIG's education program is second to none and they invest a lot of resources in training new traders. Once you have completed the Assistant Trader Program, you are entrusted to run your own trading portfolio. You are supported every step of the way, but you are empowered to make your own decisions.

We talk a lot about teamwork and collaboration at SIG. Where do you see this demonstrated in your current role?

Every morning we have a call with traders and Research Analysts in Sydney and Hong Kong. We discuss changes and patterns in global markets, and things we can expect to see going forward. This helps us to get different perspectives and get positioned for the trading day.

In your opinion, what is the best perk we offer?

It's hard to choose a favourite between the casual clothes and the fully catered kitchen. I'm going to go with the casual clothes.

What do you like most about your team?

We have fun playing games after the trading day, and we go out and are friends outside of work.

If you were speaking with a graduate who was considering starting their career at SIG, what advice would you give them?

It helps to really love games, and be able to tolerate risk. Trading is like a game where you need to out think your opponent. You will also find yourself taking on a lot of risk and it's important to keep a level head on both big wins and big losses.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Often on weekends, I work at weddings and other functions as a magician. This has allowed me to travel the world and to meet some interesting celebrities and some of the world's best magicians.