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TrendUp Now

Master investment skills and gain the mentorship needed to break into Finance.

Learn the ins-and-outs of hedge-funds’ performing strategies and receive recognition for stock analysis from top global investment communities including those on CNBC and Seeking Alpha. Join our 150+ participants who have opened the door to finance, consulting, and tech roles.

What are the most powerful tools in your job search? Skills, recognition and network. And that’s what TrendUp Now is all about.

With increasing competitiveness to land jobs in Finance, it is essential to learn how to stand out with specific application based knowledge and the ability to network with industry professionals. Neither university nor alternative online investment courses provide the necessary hands-on training needed by industry professionals. In addition, having skills is not enough to guarantee a career in Finance if you do not have the recognition and network to propel you forward.

TrendUp is not like any other course, it is a three-level online investment program. You will learn in a limited-size cohort, chat with hedge fund manager(s) one-on-one, participate in engaging challenges, and potentially get your research articles published on sites like CNBC or Seeking Alpha. Our brightest college participants have even secured internship opportunities at hedge funds through our program. 

Turn your learning into professional opportunities with TrendUp Now.

How TrendUp Works

L1 Course

In L1, you will develop a solid knowledge and skill base to identify strategic investment decisions quickly using the four schools of analysis: fundamental, technical, event-driven and volatility analysis.

The 3-week L1 course includes a live stock pitch session with a hedge fund manager, a leverage exercise, a skills as well as final assessment — on top of downloadable slides, on-demand course videos, quizzes, forums, and an instant chat function with the hedge fund manager. At the end of L1, you get to meet with the hedge fund manager one-on-one, to talk about your experiences, goals, the markets, etc. Upon passing the L1 final assessment, you can proceed to L2.

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L2 Course

In L2, you will learn how to unleash the power of derivatives through option strategies, in order to build trades with superior risk/reward and profit probability regardless of the situation. L2 focuses on options, trading derivatives, directional and non-directional strategies. 

The 3-week L2 course includes a live trading session, option log activity, subsidized trading challenge (keep your profits with no downside risk), and equity research writing opportunities. Just like L1, there will be downloadable slides, on-demand course videos, quizzes, forums, and an instant chat function with the hedge fund manager. At the end of L2, you get to meet with the hedge fund manager one-on-one, to talk about your experiences, goals, the markets, etc. Upon passing the L2 final assessment, you can proceed to L3.

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L3 Course & Certification

L3 completes your training for a successful entry into the investment world. You will explore futures contracts, complex futures-based derivatives like options on futures, trade and risk management skills, as well as the different types of hedge funds and their strategies. You will also review content on options and futures, and prepare for your CFOA exam. 

The 3-week L3 course includes a 2-week futures and options trading challenge (using simulated money), a hedge fund strategy group activity, and equity research writing opportunities. Upon passing the L3 final assessment, you can receive full subsidy for the CFOA exam worth US$290.

Throughout L1-L3, our hedge fund professionals also gather data on your performance, strengths and weaknesses, which we then analyze and share with you at the end of L3, during your one-on-one session with the hedge fund manager. If you have demonstrated excellent performance throughout the TrendUp program, this is when you can be offered an internship or other career opportunities. 

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Career Program

Throughout L1-L3, you will learn concepts and skills, as well as receive advice from hedge fund manager(s) on how to develop a trading profile and career path that match your personality, strengths, and style. 

Upon completion of L1-L3, all participants can apply for advanced opportunities with TrendUp Now. These include specialization courses, a personality & skills assessment, as well as job consultancy services (candidate assessment, resume development, interview prep & simulation). 

Top ranking participants throughout L1-L3 may receive invitations to internship and/or full-time opportunities at TrendUp’s collaborating funds. Other participants with satisfactory performance may also receive referrals and letters of recommendation from the hedge fund manager.

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How TrendUp Compares

TrendUp Now

University Courses

Other Online Finance Courses

Cost Per Course

$149 - $299 per Course

$2000 (public in-state) - $5000 (private schools) per Course

$10 - $1000 per Course

Completion Time

2 Months

3 - 4 Months

5 - 40 Hour Completion Time

Instructors

Hedge Fund Managers

University Professors

Unknown

Content Focus

Application-Based Content Based on Current Hedge Fund Strategies

Theory-Based Content

Ranges from Theory-Based Content to Unproven Financial Knowledge

Format

Hybrid of Online Lessons and Application-Based Activities

Online Lessons and Assignments

Online Lessons in Video Format

Support

One-on-One Sessions with Hedge Fund Managers

Professor and TA Office Hours

Facebook Groups or Email Inquiries

Industry Connections

Hedge Fund Networks

University Alumni Networks and Corporate Partnerships

None

Career Prep

1-on-1 Advice for Resume, Cover Letters, Personal Branding, Portfolio Development, etc.

Generic advice from the Career Center

None

How TrendUp Compares

TrendUp Now

University Courses

cost

$149 - $299 per Course

cost

$600 - $1200 Tuition Cost per Course

Completion time

2 Months

Completion time

3 - 4 Months

instructors

Hedge Fund Managers

Instructors

University Professors

COntent focus

Application-Based Content Based on Current Hedge Fund Strategies​

content focus

Theory-Based Content​

format

Hybrid of Online Lessons and Application-Based Activities

format

Online Lessons and Assignments

Support

One-on-One Sessions with Hedge Fund Managers

support

Professor and TA Office Hours

industry connections

Hedge Fund Networks

INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS​

University Alumni Networks and Corporate Partnerships

Career Prep

1-on-1 Advice for Resume, Cover Letters, Personal Branding, Portfolio Development, etc.

Career Prep

Generic advice from the Career Center

1-on-1 Time With Hedge Fund Professionals

The hedge fund industry is a $3 trillion industry where you can enjoy an unlimited earning potential. But securing a role in this secretive industry can be near impossible. Its top-performing strategies are kept under lock and key and are outside of most people’s understanding of the markets. TrendUp gives you the opportunity to not just learn from  seasoned Finance professional(s), but also get your burning questions answered by them. This insider knowledge, recognition, and mentorship is key to unlocking not just above-average returns, but also rare professional opportunities and a bright future.

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Relevant & Actionable Skills

How many of you have attended a Finance course in school, or taken an online investment course, only to find that you are unable to retain that knowledge due to a lack of skills application? The way we teach is unlike any other investment course. We don’t just have pre-recorded courses and assignments. We invest in your development through strategic activities inlcuding live sessions, research article publication opportunities, trading challenges and group strategy projects.

Our small cohorts also mean that you get to ask the hedge fund manager(s) questions about the latest news, and from there gain the most relevant insider knowledge.

Industry Career Prep & Advancement Opportunities

Anybody can read finance books and news. But not everybody can write their own research articles and have them published for the world to read.

Through TrendUp Now, our past participants have received recognition from not just hedge fund professionals, but also the top global investment community — by having their research shared on top analysis sites like Seeking Alpha or CNBC. Our participants have also opened the door to roles within the competitive finance industry — even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Testimonials

Our objective is to make a real impact for our students. Read what our past participants have to say about their experience with TrendUp Now.

Frequently Asked Questions

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General

The weekly commitment is approximately 3-5 hours, making the program fully compatible with full-time work and/or study.

Each L-Course includes 1-2 live sessions that are held on Saturday mornings. In case it is not possible for you to attend the live session, a recording of the session will be made available to all participants. With regard to the one-to-one sessions, you will get to choose from a wide range of times/days, based on your personal availability.

Each L-Course can be completed in 2-3 weeks. L1, L2, and L3 are held back to back so that participants can complete the entire program in less than 3 months.

All programs and courses are designed and led by a hedge fund manager. Other hedge fund professionals (data analysts, fund psychologists, etc.) also play a role throughout the program.

The program is heavily subsidized in order to be offered at its current price. L1 is $149, L2 is $190, and L3 is $290. Click here to see the value you get for each L-course.

Hedge funds are notoriously diverse so earnings vary wildly. However, unlike investment banking and other sell-side jobs, pay in hedge funds is generally uncapped.

This makes it possible for professionals in the industry to receive bonuses that bring their overall compensation to levels that surpass that of any other job. Junior traders typically earn $300k – $3M per year, and it’s possible to reach the upper end of that range in 4 – 8 years. Senior portfolio managers can easily earn over $10m per year. There is high degree of volatility in hedge fund compensation as a significant percentage of this is performance pay.

Each level is designed to give you critical skills and knowledge about buy-side finance, making you not only a well-informed trader, but also a much more attractive candidate to potential employers if you are seeking a career in Finance.

Since the training you receive at TrendUp is based on the training we give our incoming analysts at our hedge funds, prospective employers would understand that they do not need to spend additional time and money putting you through similar training once they hire you.

Additionally, successful completion of the program allows us to detect your strengths which can lead to potential career opportunities at our own hedge funds or referrals to other companies that could be a good match for you.

Yes. Some of our participants simply sign up to learn how hedge fund professionals manage money. You may have a career in Medicine, but you will still need to know how to invest the cash you make from your job.

Developing these skills early will allow you to save thousands of dollars in management fees, and will give you the upper hand when discussing investment opportunities. It can also help you open a door to a professional field that you may want to explore later on in life.

Application Process

The program is open to anyone who is ambitious and has an interest in Finance and trading. We are looking for bright, creative and hard-working individuals who want to expand their horizons regardless of their career choice. 

Whether you are looking to (i) develop a career in Finance/the hedge fund industry, or (ii) learn how to profit from financial markets, you are welcome to apply for the TrendUp Now program. 

This varies depending on the candidate pool in any given cohort. In general, the acceptance rate drops for each subsequent level since participants must pass an exam in order to move on to the next level. Roughly 50% of candidates accepted into L1 will end up completing L3.

Candidates who successfully complete L3 will have the opportunity to take the CFOA examination for free, gain access to specialization courses, skills and personality assessments, job consultancy and internship placements, etc.

Absolutely. The reason for shifting this program online lies in our belief that talent is global, so we do not restrict admission based on citizenship or residence.

Our program have reached participants from accross the world; examples include the US, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Andorra, India, Hong Kong, just to name a few.

You first need to complete a TrendUp application which includes a few questions about your interest in the program as well as your current investment knowledge. Once your application has been approved, you can then enroll and start L1 on the next start date. While there are stated application deadlines for upcoming cohorts, we recommend applying and enrolling as early as possible to ensure you have a spot in the upcoming cohort. See more enrollment details here.

L1 Winter'21 Application Ends: January 25, 2021 5pm PST

L1 Winter’21 Start Date: January 30, 2021 (see Program Calendar)

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