Meet a Buy Side Research Analyst

Meet a Buy Side Research Analyst

Alma Mater: Haverford College

Major: Economics

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

What drew you to buy side research and to SIG?

I played a lot of sports growing up and continued playing soccer in college. I loved the competition, camaraderie, and competitiveness required to excel athletically at that level. While I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation, I knew I wanted a role that included those same attributes.

I had never considered working in finance until I heard about SIG at an event on campus. When I applied to the internship program, I had very little pre-existing knowledge about options or trading. Although I was excited to learn more about the technical aspects of the job, I applied because I loved what I heard about the trading floor. The fast-paced, collaborative, intense, and competitive work environment sounded exactly like what I loved about being on the soccer field and that led me to accept my internship offer and to return to SIG full-time.

In your opinion, what traits make someone in research successful?

I think it’s really important to be an inquisitive and critical thinker. We need to think about things from multiple angles, and our edge comes from having an understanding of expectations within the market. We can’t just take news at face value, so it’s important when taking in new information to ask yourself why it matters and to be aware of how you could be anchored to your own opinions.