L1 Fall’20 Cohort Section B Now Open For Applications

Due to the popularity of the L1 Fall’20 program, we are opening up a second section (Section B) that starts on October 10, 2020. To ensure that our current participants receive the hedge fund manager/instructor’s full attention, we will not be admitting any more TrendUp program applicants after Section B until further notice.

L1 Requirements 

We invite any ambitious and hard working individual with an interest in Finance and trading to apply for L1. 

*Please note that the TrendUp L-course program is a three-level selective program where participants will take an exam at the end of each level and move on to the next level only if successful.

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

Cohort Details 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Only admitted/pre-admitted candidates will receive an invitation to purchase the L1 course and join the TrendUp Now program.

TrendUp heavily subsidizes the program’s tuition to admitted Fall 2020 applicants, so you only need to cover the processing fees of $199.

Section B start date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 PT

L1 Course Goal

The Essential TrendUp Course. The L1 is designed to give you a solid knowledge and skill-base to allow you to make strategic investment decisions

L1 Key Focus Areas 

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

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

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 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

Learn More About L1

How TrendUp Now Can Benefit You

Relevant and actionable investment skills

Our training programs based on real hedge fund strategy will ensure you gain useful skills for both inside and outside your professional career

1-on-1 time with hedge fund professionals

Clarify lesson content, ask questions about the markets, receive personalized feedback and advice for a successful career path

Direct assessment of  skill-set and fit

Know how you are faring in the program, identify your strengths, interests, and the area(s) in Finance you can most excel in

Specialize and prepare for a finance career

Gain insider knowledge of what hedge funds and other employers in the financial sector are specifically looking for


Receive a certificate signed by a hedge fund manager after completing each L-course

Private LinkedIn group

Lifetime access to a community with hedge fund professionals and other peers 

Exclusive tips and content

All L3 graduates will receive customized Linkedin/resume guides from TrendUp


Be empowered with knowledge, skills and a strong community, to find the success that you deserve

TrendUp Now FAQ

TrendUp Finance was an in-person program held in multiple countries including the US, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Andorra and Spain, etc. TrendUp Now is the online version of this same program, through which we can reach and identify talents from even more parts of the world. The rationale for the name TrendUp Now is that you can access learning opportunities here and now.

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.

Each L-course (L1, L2 & L3) can be completed in about 2-3 weeks. We typically try to hold the three levels back-to-back so participants can complete them 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 regardless of their career choice. Whether you are looking (i) to develop a career in Finance / the hedge fund industry, or (ii) to learn how to profit from financial markets, you are welcome to apply for the TrendUp Now program.

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. Before this program shifted online, our instructors have also taught participants in the US, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Andorra and Spain. 

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.

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 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.

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 L2 and L3 expose our candidates 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 at the L3 level, taking the CFOA exam is both free and optional.

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.

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. These hedge fund professionals include hedge fund managers who started their own hedge funds and effectively retired in their 20s. While there are many other online courses in Finance, they are not necessarily designed and led by industry experts. In addition, most of them 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.


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Find the success you deserve

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.

L1 Fall’20 is now open for applications! Sign up to get your L1 Fall'20 information deck.

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