*All advanced opportunities are available only for L3 graduates*
Courses and Assessment
Specialize in one specific strategy (‘global macro’, ‘market neutral’, ‘distressed credit’ etc.) or in one product (options, futures, equity, bonds, foreign exchange etc.).
Personality and Skills Assessment
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.
Job Consultancy Services
Interview Prep and Simulation
Internship and Job Opportunities
Internship and Job Opportunities
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.
Our cohorts are currently full or not open right now. Would you like to join our waitlist?
Some of you might know us as TrendUp Finance, which has held in-person investment courses in Barcelona, New York, Southern California and Amsterdam. Ever since the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic hit, we have created TrendUp Now, the online version so that you can access learning opportunities here and now.
All programs and courses are designed and led by a hedge fund manager. Additionally, other hedge fund professionals (from data analysts to fund psychologists) also play a role throughout the program.
Each L-course (L1, L2 & L3) can be completed in about 2-3 weeks. Usually we try to hold the three levels back-to-back so participants can complete all 3 levels in less than 3 months.
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. The knowledge and skills you will gain are not just useful for those looking to develop a career in this field, but also for anyone who is interested in learning how to profit from financial markets, regardless of their career choice.
This varies depending on the candidate pool in any given cohort. In general, since at the end of each level participants must pass an exam in order to move on to the next level, the acceptance rate drops for each subsequent level. Roughly 50% of candidates accepted into L1 will end up completing L3.
Absolutely. Talent is global so we do not restrict admission based on citizenship or residence.
Each level is designed to give you critical skills and knowledge about buy-side finance, making you a much more attractive candidate to potential employers. Since the training you receive at TrendUp is based on the training we give our incoming analysts at our hedge funds, prospective employers 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 also allows us to detect your strengths and can lead to potential career opportunities at our own hedge funds or referrals to other companies that could be a good match for you.
The CFOA stands for ‘Certified Futures and Options Analyst’ and is awarded by Chicago-based International Council for Derivative Trading (ICFDT). The goal of this certificate is to offer a specialized credential for professionals or independent investors in the options and futures markets. Since in L2 & L3 our candidates are exposed to derivative strategies using options and futures, as per the agreement TrendUp has with the ICFDT, all participants in the L3 course have the opportunity to take the CFOA for free at the end of the course. While the CFOA is certainly not as well known as other certificates like the CFA, it is an opportunity for our students to obtain an additional certificate at no cost to them. For TrendUp Now participants in the L3 level, taking the CFOA exam is both free and optional.
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, making it possible for workers 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 these roles 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.
University education is based on theory and is generally taught by individuals who, while academically talented, tend to have limited personal experience in investing strategies. TrendUp now is taught by hedge-fund professionals who teach based on the strategies they use in their day-to-day practice. As a result, TrendUp has a much more ‘hands-on’ approach than any university class. This, among other things, allows you to learn real life strategies that you can implement yourself after the course.
TrendUp Now is designed as a talent pipeline for the hedge fund industry, not as an ‘education product’ to sell. As a result, its goal is not to sell the most courses but to identify the best candidates. It is also the only training program designed by hedge fund professionals. There are many online Finance courses, but the overwhelming majority of them are poor quality courses designed and led by people who lack industry expertise. Furthermore, they all tend to be generic online courses that provide the same basic investment knowledge in a pre-made course. Comparatively, TrendUp Now provides a personalized experience by tailoring application based work curated from current events being analyzed by hedge-funds. We also have a team of support staff who track and analyze your activity throughout the program, allowing us to identify your strengths and weaknesses, which will be critical when charting your path in the industry.
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.
Whether you are looking to develop your own investing skills or to land a job in Finance, you deserve to learn from our hedge fund professionals at TrendUp Now.