Stock markets, trading & cigars – Sebastian Schwarzenegger #357

Stock markets, trading & cigars – Sebastian Schwarzenegger #357


I came into finance a little bit by accident.
I was meant to be an engineer,
I did engineering in high school,
and I was very interested in it.
But then at one point I thought
why not follow my passion?
I started trading when I was 16,
now I manage portfolios for friends and family.
I started studying business and now finance at UCL,
and so following my passion I think was
one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Investing money is an intellectual game.
It’s about risk management, equity research,
it’s about networking as well,
it’s very competitive nature.
It’s like a professional football player who
performs every day, every week.
I basically work at the same time for a
digital asset hedge fund in the US,
so days are quite long,
conference calls at night so I have to
catch up on sleep at the weekends.
Later at night and on the weekends,
we go out smoking a cigar,
it’s very relaxing you know, it’s kind of meditative,
and one of the hedonistic parts of my life.
I got into cigars when I was in Hong Kong.
I met the Austrian ambassadors there,
and then Austrian students, Austrian business guys,
they used to smoke a lot of cigars,
and I tried that, and then I loved it.
So there’s no single job or no single city
I want to live in forever or work forever.
I need movement, I need dynamic.
In London for the starting of the career it’s perfect,
because it has an entrepreneurial experience.

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