Saturday, March 26, 2011

Senior Trader/Analyst - Cross-Market Monitoring - Markets Group

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The Cross-Market Monitoring (CMM) staff serves as the focal point for all cross-asset market coverage in the Markets Group’s Market Operations, Monitoring and Analysis (MOMA) Function. More particularly, CMM organizes and coordinates daily market monitoring products, trains incoming Trader/Analysts, and covers various segments of the buy-side community.

Responsibilities

The CMM staff is seeking a Trader/Analyst (T/A) to enhance its institutional coverage of the investor community. In particular, the T/A will be assigned lead coverage of the hedge fund industry, working to assess industry performance and trends and to collect a range of views on broader macro, monetary policy and market developments from hedge fund managers. The T/A can expect to write topical pieces on industry developments as well as regular updates on aggregate fund flows and performance. The T/A will also be expected to manage relationships with industry contacts, cultivate new relationships with other participants in the investor class, and liaise with economists and analysts within the Federal Reserve System also engaged in hedge fund analysis. As part of primary hedge fund coverage, the T/A will be expected to work closely with peers on the CMM staff to understand and analyze linkages between this investor base and other buy-side firms, including (but not limited to) the pension fund community. Finally, the T/A will be responsible for helping to integrate views in the leveraged buy-side community into the Markets Group’s market intelligence products.

Dovetailing with the analysis of hedge funds, the T/A will be asked to cover developments in the prime brokerage industry. In conjunction with staffs specifically focused on financial stability issues, the T/A will be asked to keep track of trends in the pricing and availability of leverage to institutional investors. Additionally, the T/A will be asked to cultivate and maintain relationships in the industry.

Finally, as with his or her per T/As on the staff, the T/A will be expected to participate in the Markets Group’s market monitoring responsibilities. He or she will also be asked to be a thought leader on the Desk, serving as an active presence in daily preparatory meetings to ensure that broad market themes are treated in an analytically robust and consistent fashion across products.

Requirements

# Graduate degree in business, public policy, finance, economics, or related discipline
# 3-8 years of direct, relevant experience with a strong grasp of macroeconomic theory and monetary policy
# Deep understanding of the hedge fund industry and broader investor community
# Ability to understand complex trading strategies across equity, credit, currency and interest rate products
# Superb interpersonal and communication skills
# Demonstrated ability to make decisions and respond under pressure
# Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects under time pressure
# Ability to work productively on a high-performance team and as an independent analyst
# Proven ability to provide concise, articulate and insightful analysis in written and verbal form

This position requires access to FOMC information, which is limited to "Protected Individuals" as defined in the U.S. federal immigration law. Protected Individuals include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents who are not yet eligible to apply for naturalization, and U.S. permanent residents who have applied for naturalization within six months of being eligible to do so.

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