Milo Volniansky, quant trader
"Once I’d completed my studies in quant equity I set to work as a quant trader. I deal in currencies and commodity and equity derivatives. The currency dealing is mostly in G10 currencies, but also in emerging market currencies. The commodities trade covers a broad spectrum: from aluminum and gold to corn and coffee beans, but I focus particularly on energy trading. In the past two years I’ve had the opportunity of dealing in many different markets and been allowed to take part in the bigger orders. The freedom I’m given as a trader makes the work really enjoyable.
The last working day of the month is always busy and we’re fully devoted to trading. So as a trader that’s when you can really make a difference. On quiet days I spend some time building models, analyzing data and programming. That makes my job very varied. On the trading desk our aim is to deal in a more systematic and data-driven way. But having a feel for the market remains important. When you’re using both a gut feeling and data, it’s a strong combination.