Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trader/Analyst - Securitized Product Specialist

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Responsibilities Mortgage Analytics (MA) and Credit and Capital Markets (CCM), within the Markets Group, is seeking a Senior Trader/Analyst to provide specialty market coverage in a variety of securitized products, such as consumer ABS, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) and non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) markets. MA and CCM are responsible for monitoring domestic capital markets and informing policy makers on matters related to monetary policy and financial stability. MA primarily focuses on Agency MBS, non-Agency MBS, and CMBS whereas CCM focuses on corporate and municipal credit.
The candidate would be expected to conduct analysis on trends in various securitized product markets, explain the drivers of price action and liquidity conditions across securitized markets, and to understand the markets’ microstructures.  A successful candidate will also be able to advise senior policymakers on the implementation and potential impact of regulatory reform.  To this end, the candidate would be expected to develop extensive contacts with market participants – both primary dealers and buy-side investors.  As this analysis will often take the form of daily written briefings, candidates should possess strong writing skills.  In addition, the candidate would be expected to lead and contribute to short- and medium-term focused analytical briefings.
The candidate would also contribute to the Group’s broader efforts to monitor financial markets globally for the FOMC and the U.S. Treasury, through the coordination of daily written briefings, conference calls and market overview reports. The candidate will periodically contribute to policy focus groups and other internal policy teams.  To support this work each Senior Trader Analyst is expected to complete a 9-month applied study course on global market monitoring and analysis within their first two years of service.
The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:
  • Master’s level degree in Business, Economics, Policy or a related area
  • At least four to six years of work experience in structured product trading or analysis
  • Strong quantitative skills and proven ability in working with and understanding market data including volumes, spreads, etc.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including substantial knowledge of financial instruments, market structure, macroeconomic theory, and monetary policy
  • Ability to analyze complex market issues, make decisions quickly, and respond under pressure
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to extract larger themes while providing concise, articulate, and insightful written and verbal analysis
  • Ability to work productively on a high-performance team and as an independent analyst.

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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