The Trading Bootcamp and A Trip to Castleton

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We had a five-day trading and financial markets bootcamp after all exams had finished. This trading bootcamp combines theory and practice well and is really interesting. On day one, I learned the key macro and economic factors dominating today’s global financial markets, and how different asset classes are impacted by these key macro and economic factors. Then I applied a macroeconomic understanding to trade real-time equity, FX, and commodities across international financial markets in response to breaking financial news and analysis.

On day two and three, I learned how to manage a global multi asset portfolio through macro driven volatility with the objective of outperforming the benchmark, and how and when to apply the technical analysis tools such as pivot points, moving averages, and relative strength index. On the last two days, I rotated through roles of an asset manager, a hedge fund trader, an investment bank market maker and sales trader. This provided me with an opportunity to experience both the buy side and the sell side of the industry and engage with contemporary financial markets. I also receive valuable careers advice about CV tips, interview techniques, networking, and how to beat the on-line application and assessment centre process.

On a Sunday after exams, my friends and I went to Castleton, an outstandingly pretty village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire. This village once prospered from lead mining and thus there are four famous underground show caves. We visited the Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern. The main entrance of Peak Cavern is the largest cave entrance in Britain. Until 1915 the cave was home to some of Britain’s last troglodytes, who lived in houses built inside the cave mouth, and made a living from rope making, while the depths of the cave were known as a haven for bandits. Although it was chilly when we explored the caves, it was interesting to learn about what life was like for the miners and their families during the guided tour.

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