Commodity trader @Chigrl Talks FinTwit, women and trading
He has been invited oil market Internet sensation. A commodity trader goes to Twitter every day to share information about geopolitics and its impact crude oil price. It deals with its followers and trolls, from climate change to budgets bitcoin fractures. Tracy Shuchart, perhaps best known as @Chigrlis a large member of the fintwiti community with over 150,000 followers.
Tracy began her financial career at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago as a commodity trader and currently manages the family office’s energy and materials portfolio and provides information on hedge fund telemetry. Finance and trade are two areas where there are significantly more men than women. Progress is being made and DailyFX will highlight this new series Women leaders change finances. We also draw attention to obstacles. One area where women make themselves known is financial twitter or #fintwit.
Source: Hedge fund telemetry
To highlight female money changers, DailyFX strategist Peter Hanks (@PeterHanksFX) spoke to Tracy about his experience in the financial sector, his views on FinTwit, commodity trading, the energy and materials space, given the current market climate. Here are some excerpts:
Q: How did you get started on Twitter and FinTwiti?
A: I was working as a commodity broker in Chicago at the time and just checked the platform and that’s why my name is Chigrl, nothing to do with trading. I had a couple of friends on Twitter who knew the news before the news came out, and then I started chirping about everything really related to energy, and I don’t know, it just happened organically. I remember when I had 100 followers and it just grew from there and I started meeting people in that field and my circle just grew over time.
Q: Do you think that there are systematic barriers that prevent women from joining the financial industry or the commodity trade?
A: I think it will change. I’ve never worked in a big bank or anything like that, so I can’t talk to their culture, but in my experience, I think it’s just a matter of women wanting to enter and participate in this field. I was on the floor in 2012 and there were many women and many women who had been there for some time. I think it depends on what industry you work in. With the start of the computer trade and things like that, many women can start their own businesses, and the way we trade has really opened the door to many opportunities, not just for women, but for anyone who is ready to take on this challenge.
Learn more in our video chat @Chigrl including his views on the current craze for goods and how traders can use Twitter to their advantage.