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An Introduction to Trading in the Financial Markets: Market Basics by R. Tee Williams

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6

Education

Before ending this part, we briefly discuss the types of education required for different functions with the caveat that generalizations about education and background are subject to many exceptions and counterexamples. One generalized statement can be made without qualification, however. Over time, all jobs in the trading markets require increasing levels of education. Forty years ago, individuals with only a high school education filled many if not most jobs in the backoffice.

Now a majority of those in the industry probably have at least some college although many people earn degrees while working. Now most front-office functions require at least a degree and many, such as portfolio management, investment banking, investment research, ...

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