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Federico - Global Banking and Markets, Buenos Aires

You gain a global view of banking and develop a vast network of international connections

After graduation, I was looking for a role in the banking industry, and HSBC’s Trainee Programme really stood out. It offered me the chance to move around different areas of the bank and get a broad overview of global finance. I graduated as an actuary and started as a Quantitative Analyst, learning about risk in practice, which relates to actuarial science. I frequently had to talk to regional and global colleagues, and conference calls were a bit nerve-racking at first, but I soon came to see their value as a forum for sharing ideas. I took over as a Portfolio Manager, which strengthened my analytical and relationship-building skills. I am now in trading, specialising in fixed income.

HSBC is a leader in the fixed-income market in Argentina. All our competitors are vying to overtake us, but I have been given the tools and training to help maintain our position. I try to arrive at my desk early to study market events from the previous day – shares, prices and volumes – catch up on the market news in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the USA, and make a few calls. From 12 noon until 4 pm, I am actively trading in the market. This requires intense concentration, which is tiring, and when the market closes I review the effectiveness of my strategy that day.

HSBC has supported me to achieve all my career goals so far. I hope my next move will help me develop new capabilities in trading and broaden my overall banking knowledge. Eventually, I want to run my own team. The great thing about HSBC is that you gain a global view of banking and develop a vast network of international connections. I am talking to colleagues all over the world and listening to their opinions. Whether they offer new points of view or reaffirm what I was thinking, their input is valued.

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