Investment Banking Traders

Investment Banking Traders Enact Trades

Investment banking traders buy and sell equities (stocks and shares), fixed income products, currencies, commodities, corporate credit, government debt, interest rate products, and other types of securities. Flow traders do this for their firm’s clients, while proprietary traders use their employer’s own capital to make the trades. Traders often specialize, becoming experts in particular types of derivatives, stocks, currencies, commodities, and other securities.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Block Traders, Flow Traders, Proprietary Traders, Quantitative Traders
Duties Facilitate the buying and selling of stocks, bonds, and other securities
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and in other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience One to two years of experience in trading or sales
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Realistic
  • Financial
  • Math
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director
  • Senior Trader
  • Trader
  • Assistant Trader
  • Trading Clerk

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