Profession financial trader

Financial traders buy and sell financial products such as assets, shares and bonds for private clients, banks or companies. They monitor the financial markets closely and aim to maximise profit and to minimise risk through their transactions.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Financial markets

    The financial infrastructure which permits trading securities offered by companies and individuals govern by regulatory financial frameworks.

  • Economics

    Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.

  • Actuarial science

    The rules of applying mathematical and statistical techniques to determine potential or existing risks in various industries, such as finance or insurance.

  • Financial jurisdiction

    Financial rules and procedures applicable to a certain location, whose regulatory bodies decide on its jurisdiction

  • Financial products

    The different types of instruments that apply to the management of cash flow that are available on the market, such as shares, bonds, options or funds.

Skills

  • Analyse market financial trends

    Monitor and forecast the tendencies of a financial market to move in a particular direction over time.

  • Advise on financial matters

    Consult, advise, and propose solutions with regards to financial management such as acquiring new assets, incurring in investments, and tax efficiency methods.

  • Communicate with customers

    Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.

  • Protect client interests

    Protect the interests and needs of a client by taking necessary actions, and researching all possibilities, to ensure that the client obtains their favoured outcome.

  • Analyse economic trends

    Analyse developments in national or international trade, business relations, banking, and developments in public finance and how these factors interact with one another in a given economic context.

  • Offer financial services

    Provide a broad range of financial services to clients such as assistance with financial products, financial planning, insurances, money and investment management.

  • Maintain records of financial transactions

    Collate all the financial transactions done in the daily operations of a business and record them in their respective accounts.

  • Obtain financial information

    Gather information on securities, market conditions, governmental regulations and the financial situation, goals and needs of clients or companies.

  • Handle financial transactions

    Administer currencies, financial exchange activities, deposits as well as company and voucher payments. Prepare and manage guest accounts and take payments by cash, credit card and debit card.

  • Operate financial instruments

    Work with financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and derivatives.

  • Provide financial product information

    Give the customer or client information about financial products, the financial market, insurances, loans or other types of financial data.

Optional knowledge and skills

stock market securities communicate with banking professionals manage financial risk investment analysis create a financial plan perform stock valuation make investment decisions banking activities assess risks of clients' assets advise on investment trade securities forecast economic trends develop investment portfolio modern portfolio theory review investment portfolios monitor stock market