What do Securities and Commodities Traders do?

Buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.

  • Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
  • Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities at stock exchanges on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
  • Analyze target companies or investment opportunities to inform investment decisions.
  • Develop or maintain supplier or customer relationships.
  • Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies.
  • Identify opportunities or develop channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.
  • Inform other traders, managers, or customers of market conditions, including volume, price, competition, or dynamics.
  • Monitor markets or positions.
  • Process paperwork for special orders, including margin or option purchases.
  • Receive sales order tickets and inspect forms to determine accuracy of information.
  • Report all positions or trading results.
  • Review securities transactions to ensure conformance to regulations.
  • Track and analyze factors that affect price movement, such as trade policies, weather conditions, political developments, or supply and demand changes.
  • Write or sign sales order confirmation forms to record or approve security transactions.
  • Audit accounts and correct errors.
  • Make transportation arrangements for sold or purchased commodities.
  • Prepare financial reports, such as reviews of portfolio positions.
  • Reconcile account-related statements, such as quarterly or annual statements or confirmations.
  • Report deficiencies in account payments, securities deliveries, or documentation requirements to avoid rule violations.
  • Supervise support staff and ensure proper execution of contracts.
  • Buy, sell, or trade carbon emissions permits.
  • Identify or pursue investment strategies related to the green economy, including green hedge funds, renewable energy markets, or clean technology investment opportunities.

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