Kenneth Morris - Head Commodity Trader
Whether it is ‘’ Softs’’ or ‘’ Hards’’ there is not a lot Kenneth does not know about the global commodity markets. Originally a Chicago based open cry pit market trader, Kenneth has evolved in line with modern day trading technology to become an astute and highly efficient commodity market trading specialist, with a strong focus on leveraged trading, employing multiple short and long trading strategies.
In his spare time Kenneth enjoys crossing the border and losing himself in the solitude of the Canadian wilderness, fly fishing and kayaking.
A: Seagram Building, 375 Park Ave #2607, New York, NY 10152. USA
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST WORKING AT CASDAQ?
I appreciate the challenge work provides. I am constantly learning and improving my decision making. I have learned a lot about quantitative decision making techniques, and how to apply poker and game theory to my trading decisions.
WALK US THROUGH A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE
I ride into work, have breakfast, and get ready for the day's trading. Before the open, I'll review my positions and discuss overnight news with our Research team. Between 10.00 and 4.30, I'm trading. Trades are executed in a number of ways, manually, automatically through automated strategies, and negotiations with brokers. These require different skill sets, but luckily I work with three senior traders, so have no shortage of people to discuss ideas and opinions.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
I have autonomy on the trades I make. Casdaqs education program is second to none and they invest a lot of resources in training new traders. Once you have completed the Assistant Trader Program, you are entrusted to run your own trading portfolio. You are supported every step of the way, but you are empowered to make your own decisions.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHT IS THE BEST PERK WE OFFER?
It's hard to choose a favourite between the employee wellness programme and the fully catered kitchen. I'm going to go with the employee wellness programme
WE TALK A LOT ABOUT TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION AT CASDAQ. WHERE DO YOU SEE THIS DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
Every morning we have a call with traders and Research Analysts in Hong Kong. We discuss changes and patterns in global markets, and things we can expect to see going forward. This helps us to get different perspectives and get positioned for the trading da
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Often on weekends, I work at weddings and other functions as a magician. This has allowed me to travel the world and to meet some interesting celebrities and some of the world's best magicians.