Securities & Commodities Traders
Also called: Broker, Equity Trader, Option Trader, Trader
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Scrolling by on the side of a building… or at the bottom of the news… the stock exchange update can look like random lists of numbers. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents use their knowledge to translate those numbers into investment advice for their clients. These sales agents make trades, advise clients, and sell securities. Sales agents spend much of their time with clients, and deal with a wide range of products. Products they sell include commodities— usually an electronic transaction rather than a face-to-face sale— of agricultural products like wheat or cocoa, or resources such as oil and gold; securities—different types of tradable assets such as stocks, bonds and options; and financial services— essentially, the service of investing clients’ money to increase it, using a variety of investments. These agents differ based on the types of products they trade, the services they provide and the licenses they hold: Brokers sell directly to individual clients and give financial advice. Investment bankers connect businesses that need financing with investors, and may travel extensively. Investment banking sales agents and traders buy and sell stocks, bonds, and commodities for clients and make trades on behalf of firms. Floor brokers make trades directly at a securities or commodities exchange. All of these sales agents closely monitor and analyze markets to stay informed and make strong decisions. They usually work full time and many work overtime, including weekends. Entry-level positions require a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or economics. An MBA is helpful for advancement.
What they do:Buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.
On the job, you would:
- Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
- Monitor markets or positions.
- Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
- accounting and economics
- customer service
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- bringing people together to solve differences
- talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- use rules to solve problems
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- add, subtract, multiply, or divide
- choose the right type of math to solve a problem
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Financial analysis software
- Bloomberg Professional
- BondDesk Group Trader WorkStation
Object or component oriented development software
Operating system software
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
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