Hank, Cash Equity Trading, ABSA

Hank, Cash Equity Trading, ABSA

What degree did you study at university, Hank?

Honours: Investment Management, at University of Johannesburg

Can you tell us why you chose this career? 

I was fascinated with the world of investments and how the very prices we see on our screens on a daily basis is a barometer of what is happening in our society and our world.

What’s a typical day like in your job?

I provide ideas, execution, and liquidity to a wide array of clients, who are focused on trading the entire range of equity products. These include anything from physical shares, to ETFs, to synthetic shares and baskets, to options and other derivatives; whilst also managing risk for ABSA.

What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?

The ever-changing world and the fast paced nature of my job guarantees that everyday will be different. You come to work for the volatility and the big situations in the market.

How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?

Reading a lot. We also attend conferences that help us understand (and get in front of) technological trends and regulatory hurdles.

What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?

I enjoy various physical pursuits, so that I can also enjoy good food & wine.

Thanks for sharing with us, Hank!