Advice on Breaking into Trend Following Firms

An email in today:

My name is [name] and I am currently a senior at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. I became interested in trend following about a year and a half ago and have studied it and put it into practice over the past year. I am very interested in pursuing a career in trend following. I went through investment banking analyst interviews earlier this year and became very disenchanted with that entire industry. After that experience I absolutely know that I want to be in the trading industry. I was wondering if you could possibly pass along contact information for any of the trend following fund managers that you have interviewed/know. I believe in the system and have been trading my own capital for a few months now but I believe the experience that would come with working with a experienced trader would be invaluable. Attached is my resume, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards, [name]

Thanks for writing. If you want contact information alone, that is freely available with a few mouse clicks. However, if you want to know legitimate ways in the door, or ways to connect to truly get something out of the experience, I do provide consulting (this is capitalism after all). It’s funny, I did not exactly set out many years ago to become connected, but there is no doubt a method to my madness. If you are in school or just out of school, and are serious about finding ways to connect, I can help. Consultation is available.

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