We sat down with Andrew, a trader at Trillium, to get to know him and learn about his time at Trillium.
Thanks for talking with us, Andrew. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself outside of work?
Of course! I’m from New Jersey and studied finance at the University of Michigan. I have really boring hobbies that shouldn’t be in an interview at all: reading, running, lifting, watching horror movies, and trying out different burger joints.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned at Trillium?
Well there’s a lot, but if I had to pick, I’d say that the market has millions of moving parts that are all constantly changing, recreating themselves, or disappearing entirely. A pattern you’ve recognized or a reaction you’ve seen to a certain type of news over the course of a long period can stop happening abruptly, forcing you to adapt. This job requires not only a surface knowledge of those millions of moving parts, but an understanding of how other investors and traders react to changes in those parts.
That’s a big idea. How does that translate into your daily work?
Your daily work in trying to understand how stocks move can range from studying a biotech’s new cancer drug, to learning how a construction company’s earnings are affected by lower commodity prices, or to a slowdown in China. While we never really become experts at any one thing in particular, being able to learn about drastically different aspects of the market on a daily basis always keeps work interesting.
Have you had an exciting moment that demonstrates that idea?
The first time you make a big trade with minimal mistakes is always an exciting moment. The idea that you did something right, and maybe even outperformed some of the older traders while doing it, is a great feeling. But the rush you get fades pretty quickly, and by the time you come in the next day you’re left waiting for the next big trade, the next chance to prove yourself.
Very exciting. And where do you see yourself in the next five or ten years?
I think in five or ten years I can see myself becoming a trainer, and hopefully help mentor some smart new traders out of college. I imagine the firm will grow much larger in that time period at the current rate we’re going!
Andrew is part of the trading team at Trillium. Visit our careers page to learn more about the culture and career opportunities within trading and other fields at Trillium.