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The TrendUp Now Program

See how you can learn the ins-and-outs of hedge-funds’  performing strategies and master actionable investment skills in just a few months.

L1 Course

Prerequisites: An ambitious, hard-working attitude

Course Goal:
To help you 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.

Course Content at a Glance:
In 3 weeks, you will learn about financial markets, trading tools, and concepts, the four methods of analysis, as well as trade development. The L1 course includes a live stock pitch session with a hedge fund manager, a leverage exercise, assessments, and one-to-one time with the hedge fund manager — on top of lectures, notes, and forums.

Weekly Commitment: approximately 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work (see FAQ)

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

L2 Course

Prerequisites: L1 Course

Course Goal:
To help you unleash the power of derivatives through option strategies, thereby allowing you to build trades with superior risk/reward and profit probably regardless of the situation.

Course Content at a Glance:
L2 is more hands-on and focused on strategy as compared to L1. In 3 weeks, you will learn about options strategies, directional and non-directional derivative strategies, as well as how to calculate probabilities of success and risk/reward scenarios. We will also be sharing with you the % of success we have had as a fund in using the different strategies, so you can see which have better prospects, depending on the observed market conditions.

Weekly Commitment: approximately 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work (see FAQ)

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

L3 Course

Prerequisites: L2 Course

Course Goal:
L3 completes your training for a successful entry into the investment world by teaching you futures contracts, complex futures-based derivatives, trade, and risk management skills, as well as how to replicate the trading environment in a hedge fund.

Course Content at a Glance:
L3 puts everything you’ve learned throughout the L-levels into practice and has a strong focus on replicating the trading environment in a hedge fund. On top of exploring futures contracts and complex futures-based derivatives like options on futures, you will engage in live activities reacting to market events alongside a hedge fund manager. You will learn how to master trade management skills, including how to fix a broken position that has moved against you. L3 gives us the opportunity to closely observe your trade ideas, skills, and actions, allowing us to identify your areas of strength and guiding you towards the right type of trading strategy.

Weekly Commitment: approximately 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work (see FAQ)

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

CFOA Certification Exam

Prerequisites: L3 Course for full subsidy

The  Certified Futures and Options Analyst (CFOA) is offered by the International Council for Derivative Trading (ICFDT), a global initiative of leading industry professionals and institutions from North America, Europe, and Asia. The CFOA was born to offer a specialized credential for professionals or independent investors in the options and futures markets. It is currently the only certification focused exclusively on financial derivatives.

Attempting the CFOA exam is optional for all L3 participants. L3 graduates (with a satisfactory score on the L3 final assessment) will be able to take the CFOA exam for free.

Specialization Course

Prerequisites: L3 Course

Specialization courses in one specific strategy (‘global macro’, ‘market neutral’, ‘distressed credit’ etc.) or in one product (options, futures, equity, bonds, foreign exchange etc.).

Personality & Skills Assessment

Prerequisites: L3 Course

Our fund psychologist and performance coach will administer a personality test designed to identify personality cues adapted to investing and trading performance. This, coupled with our skills assessment, will allow us to help you identify the sectors in which you are most likely to excel.

Recruitment Services

Prerequisites: L3 Course and excellent performance throughout TrendUp program

Services include candidate assessment, resume & LinkedIn development, interview prep and simulation. Top performers may also get references and recommendations, mentorship & direct line into the Finance/ hedge fund industry.

Internship & Job Opportunities

Prerequisites: L3 Course and excellent performance throughout TrendUp program

Top-ranked participants may also be offered internship or entry-level jobs at our own fund. Even if a full-time position is not offered, you may be invited to perform a specific task, which, if successful, could entail a strong recommendation letter and the possibility of adding such relevant experience to your resume.

Program Calendar

How to Enroll

Submit a TrendUp application

Complete our TrendUp application and answer a few questions about your interest in the program. This will include a quick pre-test to help us assess your current investment knowledge. Our team will review your application and send you an email within a week if you are accepted into the program.

Make payment to confirm cohort spot

Once your application has been approved, we will send an email allowing you to pay for your spot in the upcoming cohort. Since we want to make sure the cohort stays small for the best possible learning experience, we recommend paying as soon as possible. We confirm spots upon payment and they are always first come first serve.

Make the most out of the TrendUp program

The TrendUp program is an opportunity to network with other bright minds, ask investment/professional questions, and learn life-long investment knowledge from a hedge fund manager. This is an opportunity not provided anywhere else, so we highly encourage you to stay engaged throughout the entire TrendUp program and actively participate in our growing community.

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

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

L1 Course

Prerequisites:
An ambitious, hard-working attitude

Course Goal:
To help you 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.

Course Content at a Glance:
In 3 weeks, you will learn about financial markets, trading tools, and concepts, the four methods of analysis, as well as trade development. The L1 course includes a live stock pitch session with a hedge fund manager, a leverage exercise, assessments, and one-to-one time with the hedge fund manager — on top of lectures, notes, and forums.

Course content:

Trading The Markets

  • Learn about financial markets: main elements, types of equities, ETFs & commodities
  • Learn about trading tools: long equity, shorting, derivatives
  • Learn about the types of orders and trading concepts

Quantitative Fundamental Analysis

  • Determine a company’s intrinsic value by analyzing quantitative financial data
  • Learn what to look for in financial statements for quick and effective opportunity identification
  • Interpret stock valuation ratios and stock screening development

Qualitative Fundamental Analysis

  • Analyze a company’s and its products’ qualitative factors
  • Learn about the effects of branding, management, sector, societal trends, business plan, etc. on stock valuation
  • Identify the best investments through business strength analysis

Technical Analysis

  • Focus on the analysis of stock price movement, not of the underlying company
  • Predict future price movement based on studying chart patterns and other quantitative data
  • Strategically discuss chart analysis, volume, and momentum indicators

Event-Driven Analysis

  • Identify events that can affect a company and its stock price
  • Keep an eye on earnings reports, M&As, news stories, insider transactions, scandals, macroeconomic issues, political changes, etc.
  • Develop trade strategy through variable event inputs

Volatility Analysis

  • Analyze the magnitude of stock movements beyond the direction of the stock price
  • Take advantage of statistical mean-reversion to develop direction-neutral trades and increase trading success
  • Develop a non-directional trade strategy

Investment Strategy

  • Strategically use the four schools of analysis for trade development
  • Learn about portfolio allocation and hedge fund strategy
  • Leverage tools such as debt, margin, and derivatives

Course includes:

  • On-demand course lectures & quizzes
  • Downloadable slides/notes
  • Forum & chat messaging with hedge fund manager
  • Live introduction session
  • Group stock pitch session
  • 1-on-1 time with hedge fund manager
  • Skills assessment (to test your agility and allow hedge fund manager to assess
  • Final assessment

Weekly Commitment: 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

Price: US $149

Next L1 start date: January 30, 2021

L2 Course

Prerequisites:
L1 Course

Course Goal:
To help you unleash the power of derivatives through option strategies, thereby allowing you to build trades with superior risk/reward and profit probably regardless of the situation.

Course Content at a Glance:
L2 is more hands-on and focused on strategy as compared to L1. In 3 weeks, you will learn about options strategies, directional and non-directional derivative strategies, as well as how to calculate probabilities of success and risk/reward scenarios. We will also be sharing with you the % of success we have had as a fund in using the different strategies, so you can see which have better prospects, depending on the observed market conditions.

Course content:

Options contracts

  • Learn what options contracts are, how they are priced, and what their uses are.
  • Learn how to set up and design complex trades adapted specifically to any given situation, allowing you to maximize your profit while limiting your risk.

Option Pricing and Characteristics

  • Learn about greeks, deltas, volatility, and time decay.

Directional Derivative Strategies

  • Learn how to set up bullish or bearish derivative strategies that maximize profit potential while limiting risk and increasing probabilities of success.

Non-Directional (Market-neutral) Derivative Strategies

  • Learn how to set up derivative strategies that will profit regardless of price direction.

Order Entry and Close

  • Learn how to gather all the necessary information and set up option strategies on a brokerage platform.

Probabilities of Success

  • Learn how to calculate, interpret and use probabilities of success to know how likely you are to make a profit, and how much exactly you stand to gain or lose before putting on a trade. This can allow you to deliver superior returns regardless of market conditions.

Trade Management

  • Learn how to keep track of the trade and understand statistical data.Each strategy we will discuss comes with detailed instructions as to when it is the best time to use it, how to build it, how to find out your probability of success, and how to manage the trade.

Course includes:

  • On-demand course lectures & quizzes
  • Downloadable slides/notes
  • Forum & chat messaging with hedge fund manager
  • Live trading intro session
  • Option strategy log activity
  • 2-day subsidized trading challenge (keep your profits with no cost and no downside risk)
  • Equity research publication opportunities
  • 1-on-1 time with hedge fund manager
  • Final assessment

Weekly Commitment: 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

Price: US $190

Next L1 Start Date: January 30, 2021

L3 Course

Prerequisites:
L2 Course

Course Goal:
L3 completes your training for a successful entry into the investment world by teaching you futures contracts, complex futures-based derivatives, trade and risk management skills, as well as how to replicate the trading environment in a hedge fund.

Course Content at a Glance:
L3 puts everything you’ve learned throughout the L-levels into practice, and has a strong focus on replicating the trading environment in a hedge fund. On top of exploring futures contracts and complex futures-based derivatives like options on futures, you will engage in live activities reacting to market events alongside a hedge fund manager. You will learn how to master trade management skills, including how to fix a broken position that has moved against you. L3 gives us the opportunity to closely observe your trade ideas, skills and actions, allowing us to identify your areas of strength and guiding you towards the right type of trading strategy.

If you have demonstrated excellent performance throughout the TrendUp program, you can be offered an internship or other career opportunities at the end of L3, during your one-on-one session with the hedge fund manager.

Course content:

Futures Market

  • Learn what a futures contract is, its main aspects, and how you can successfully operate in the futures market.
  • Focus on developing futures-specific strategies, such as calendar spreads.

Options on Futures

  • Learn what options on futures are, their uses, their main strategies, and how they differ from equity options.

Trade Management

  • Having an exit strategy and knowing how to fix a position that is going against you is critical and mostly overlooked in Financial education.
  • Walk through all the steps needed for a successful trade (applicable to equity, option or future positions).
  • Receive guidance from order entry to exit, with detailed discussion on how to fix a bad position and manage its risk.

Hedge Funds

  • Get a detailed account about hedge funds, how they are organized and created, how they make money, how they deal with investors, and how you can become a part of their world.

Hedge Fund Strategy

  • Discuss the main hedge fund types, their strategies, and how each of the strategies shapes the fund’s style.
  • React to live market events in assigned groups, in order to replicate a hedge fund environment in a synchronous session with our top hedge fund manager.

CFOA Certification Prep

  • Get an overview of the main options and futures concepts seen throughout the L-Courses in order to prepare for a successful result if you choose to take the CFOA.

Course includes:

  • On-demand course lectures & quizzes
  • Downloadable slides/notes
  • Forum & chat messaging with hedge fund manager
  • Live session on futures trading
  • Hedge fund strategy group activity
  • 2-week futures and options trading challenge (using simulated money)
  • Equity research publication opportunities
  • 1-on-1 time with hedge fund manager
  • Final assessment
  • Full subsidy for the CFOA exam (worth US$290) if you pass L3

Weekly Commitment: 3-5 hours, fully compatible with full-time study and/or work

Course duration: 3 weeks (see program calendar)

Price: US $290

Next L1 start date: January 30, 2021

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