Meet a Buy Side Research Analyst

Meet a Buy Side Research Analyst

Alma Mater: Duke University

Hometown: Kingwood, TX

What projects and experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

When I first started at SIG, I didn't have a strong background in finance so I spent a lot of time asking questions and trying to learn as much as I could. I was paired with an experienced analyst to guide me through the first few months, and the responsibilities I was given quickly ramped up. My coworkers were always eager to answer my questions or take the time to explain an unfamiliar concept to me. Now, a year later, I have primary responsibility for almost 200 stocks and I'm still learning a lot.

As a Research Analyst, I am challenged to combine the quantitative aspects of finance with creative problem solving in order to come up with more profitable ways to utilize the information available. It is my job to find opportunities that other market participants may not be capitalizing on, either by analyzing new information or considering existing knowledge from a different perspective. I work with other Research Analysts and traders to determine the most efficient way to utilize our information and analysis.

What do you like best about working here?

One of my favorite things about working at SIG is the dynamic environment. No day is ever the same and the fast-paced environment challenges me to always be on my toes. I am excited to come to work and discover what the day has in store for me. I have always felt that my input and opinion are valued, regardless of my experience level. The constant flow of ideas on the trading floor promotes innovation. SIG is eager to implement new ideas and strategies. Everyone has the opportunity to have impact and add real value.

What made you decide to join our team?

I was initially hesitant to consider moving across the country by myself for a job, but after my interviews and office visit I knew SIG was the right choice for me. I could tell that SIG was unique in comparison to other Wall Street employers. While SIG employees thrive on the competitive nature of the finance world, everyone here is on the same team. I was excited to surround myself with extremely intelligent, driven people who value collaboration.

In your opinion, what is the best perk we offer?

It's really fun when SIG awards prizes to randomly selected employees based on the outcome of popular events like sports games or horse races.

What activities and organizations were you involved with in college?

I was involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters and spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was a competitive gymnast for many years and can walk on my hands almost as well as my feet.