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I'm currently working in a proprietary trading house, and am looking for a role as a junior equities analyst, trading assistant, or desk assistant. - Basically anything that could get me a foot in the door into the front office! I like to be around the people that are making the decisions and running the desks, from whom I can learn.


Passed CFA Level 3


MSWindows 3.1/95/98/00/ME/NT/XP/03/07/Vista, Pastel, MSExcel, MSWord, MSAccess, PowerPoint, MSPublisher, MSFrontPage, Internet Explorer, MSOutlook, Bloomberg, Lotus Notes.

Previous Employment.

2009/10 -

UK Prop trading house

London, United Kingdom

Liquidity Provider/Trader - Nymex WTI

Responsibilities include:

· Formulate and execute fly and spread trading strategies.

· Liquidity provider for Nymex WTI Oil Futures

· Building and maintaining positive P&L while minimizing trading risk

· Creating and implementing profitable trading strategies

· Ability to articulate clear ideas/strategies both verbally and in writing

· Understanding of macro-economics and the drivers of economic trends

· Excellent understanding of settlement, variation margin, P&L statements and other operations issues

2009/02 -

2009/07 Big 4 Accounting firm

London, United Kingdom

Risk Analyst - AML

Responsibilities included:

· Research into AML Risks of companies and Individuals;

· Analysis of company structures and related AML issues;

· Liaising with branches and clients regarding business practices ;

· Streamlining the processes of a new business unit ;

2008/03 -

2009/01 US investment bank

London, United Kingdom

Exclusive Portfolio Analysis - Securities Lending - Sales and Marketing.

Responsibilities included:

· Responsible for pricing and valuation of exclusive portfolios for the dividend arbitrage and securities lending businesses.

· Manual entry of trades and corrections to groups of trades to make them more efficient.

· Liaising with back office and clients to fix breaks.

· Liaising with operations and traders on billing and portfolio setup.

· Risk reporting of exclusives portfolios to the desk and compliance.

· Performing calculations for renegotiations of exclusives with lenders and resultant co-ordination with operations and finance.

· Providing support to controllers on exclusives reporting and reconciliations.

· Generating a reporting system for the current positions of the Funding desk.

· Designing and preparing reports for traders showing outstanding positions, efficiencies and various other metrics they request throughout the day.

· Producing a Marketing Information pack for marketing drive to new markets.


2006- 2008 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exams - Passed All 3 levels on first attempts.

2002/02 -

2005/12 University, South Africa

Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) Finance

· Majoring in Accounting, Economics and Honors in Finance.

· Covering Law, Business strategy and Information Systems.


Kite surfing, Snowboarding and surf skiing. Trail running, Whitewater canoeing and scuba diving. I love been outdoors and pushing myself to my physical limits.

Reading history and science books, books about amazing people and events that changed history and from which we can gain inspiration.

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