Trading Group

Divided into Discretionary and Systematic Trading, the Trading Division enters short-term trades to capitalize on current market trends or mispricings. It analyzes global macroeconomic data, technical indicators, writes algos and backtests trading strategies.

Division Approach

Are you passionate about the financial markets and eager to pursue a career in a Hedge Fund, Prop Fund, Global Markets division of a large Investment Bank or Asset Management? If so, you would perfectly fit into our Trading Division.

The Trading Division is divided into Discretionary and Systematic Trading Desk. The division is responsible for coming up with viable trading strategies that generate market-uncorrelated returns in both bear and bull markets.

In the first month you will engage in workshops aimed at increasing your understanding of derivatives, backtesting and understanding global macroeconomic flows. Ideally you will be able to attend our weekly meetings where we will work on strategies and discuss the current markets.

During this time and beyond you will be provided with mentorship to reduce your learning curve. At the end of the semester, you will be able to come up with trading ideas that are robust, meeting the standard risk profiles and hopefully profitable.

Our trading group approach

Your Learning Outcome

Discretionary Desk

  • Research the global macro economic landscape (central bank policies, inflation, interest rates, political risks, socio-economic changes etc.) to understand what moves FX, fixed income, and commodities (sometimes the equity markets as well).
  • Meet weekly to discuss the current macro outlook, news, events etc.
  • Find the best financial instrument to express a trade. For instance, if we come to the conclusion of inflation rising in the next months, do we trade this by shorting governmental bonds, junk bonds, by shorting fed funds, inflation swaps, long USD etc.?
  • Learn to read charts in order to understand liquidity (areas where other traders from hedge funds, asset managers, banks etc. have their orders, stop losses and take profits) to find the best entry and exit points.

Systematic Desk

  • Backtest trading ideas and developd strategies
  • Apply trading algorithms and implement them into a portfolio
  • Meet weekly to discuss market impacts on our algorithms
  • Read academic research papers and try to capitalize on them

Team

Seraphim Czecker
Director
Discretionary Desk
Michael Dampf
Director
Systematic Desk
Christoph Tomaschek
Analyst
Discretionary Desk
Tanya Polovenko
Analyst
Systematic Desk
Denis Schütz
Analyst
Systematic Desk
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