The trading environment is a rough and tumble one that requires a lot of mental activity. In recent years, with the birth of crypto-currencies and others, a new craze has emerged for the trading community. Nevertheless, it is important to note that despite this, the presence of women in the field remains low. There are, in spite of this, ladies who are making their mark in this milieu and that of finance in general notwithstanding the male preeminence.
1. Lauren Simmons, the youngest female trader on the New York Stock Exchange
It was on March 6, 2017, at only 22 years old that Lauren Simmons became the youngest female trader at the New York Stock Exchange. The young woman, black American was born on August 11, 1994 in the state of Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 with a degree in Genetics and Statistics. Originally, it is quite obvious that she wanted to embrace the field of genetics. She would meet Richard Rosenblatt, the CEO of Rosenblatt Securities. That’s where her story will start to take another turn. Thanks to her confidence, she will be taken under Richard’s wings. She will make history by becoming the youngest female trader on the New York Stock Exchange and the second woman of African-American descent in over 225 years of history. In a Business Insider video, she says, “I don’t want to be just an exception, I don’t want to be the only one breaking barriers, I want there to be more women, minorities…” Today, she is a writer and executive producer of a film based on her life. The film is expected to be released soon.
2. Laura Pedersen
It is said that for her 10th birthday, Laura Pedersen asked for Coca Cola shares as a gift. So her presence on this list is not surprising. Laura studied finance at the Stern School of Business in New York for four years. At the age of 18 after her Bachelor’s degree, she joined the American Stock Exchange. However, she did not enter the world of trading immediately. She worked as a clerk. At the age of 20, she was the youngest person there and got a desk. However, she left the business four years later due to some health concerns. Today, she is an author and financial journalist.
3. Leda Braga, hedge fund manager
Leda Braga is the founder and CEO of Systematica. Long before founding Systematica, she was a trading manager at BlueCrest Capital Management. She was there for 14 years. Prior to BlueCrest, Leda was with Cygnifi Derivatives Services (a spin-off of J.P. Morgan). She also spent nearly seven years at J.P. Morgan as a quantitative analyst on the derivatives research team. Her past experience includes modeling exotic interest rates, FX/interest rate hybrids and equity derivatives.
Ms. Braga holds a PhD in engineering from Imperial College London. D. in Engineering from Imperial College London and has worked as a lecturer there. She led research projects for over three years before joining J.P. Morgan. In addition, Leda has served as an advisor to the CERN pension fund board in Switzerland.
Despite these images of inspiring women, of which we have only been able to name three here, women are still missing from the finance field. For Lauren Simmons interviewed in a Business Insider piece, the source of this absence is simply self-confidence. You may know of a remarkable female trader among the many we’ve left out. Feel free to share them with us in the comments.