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MBS Trader/Research Analyst

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Western Asset

Pasadena, CA

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The MBS (Mortgage Backed Securities) Trader/Research Analyst position will be the primary trader for Agency MBS and will support the Lead MBS Portfolio Manager.  Through collaboration, intellectual curiosity and creativity, this individual will contribute ideas to the broader team. The successful individual will be able to work in a team environment with the ability to build relationships quickly both internally and externally

Execute MBS trades as part of Agency MBS team, and larger Structured Products team
Research and develop investment ideas within Agency MBS and related markets
Work with primary PM to understand, follow and implement portfolio strategies
Work with Client Service, as needed, to communicate portfolio strategies, construction, results, and market color
Prepare complex financial analyses and pricing models
Provide analysis and reporting for special asset types
Develop and maintain broker relationships in the Agency MBS space


Undergraduate Bachelor\u2019s Degree in related field, MBA and/or CFA designation preferred, including courses in finance, economics, business and/or accounting
Minimum 3 years of fixed income securities or secondary mortgage markets in a financial or risk based role
Minimum 5 years\u2019 experience in MBS trading and/or research experience including Corporate Finance, commercial real estate credit or private equity experience including principles of securitization, an commercial real estate valuation including appraisal methodologies


Quantitative Skills \u2013 understanding of rates, curve, and volatility
Collaboration \u2013 Ability to work professionally with internal and external customers including employees, journalists, investment professionals and other stakeholders
Interpersonal Skills \u2013 Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external clients and industry professionals
Integrity \u2013 Shares complete and accurate information, maintaining confidentiality and adhering to organizational policies and procedures
Conceptual Thinking \u2013 The ability to find effective solutions by taking a holistic, abstract, or theoretical perspective


Communication - Can convey complex and technical issues to diverse audiences, orally and in writing, in a manner that is easily understood, authoritative, and actionable for the business; actively listens to peers' input
Decision Making - Considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one; acts decisively and swiftly; identifies problems and drives toward solutions; is comfortable making difficult decisions
Organizational Awareness - Understands and works in line with the organization\u2019s mission, operations, structure, and goals; understands informal structures and processes of the organization; understands organization-level implications of his or her day-to-day decisions
Teamwork - Supervisory and team working skills and able to work independently with remote supervision


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Company Profile
Western Asset is one of the world's leading fixed income managers. From offices in Pasadena, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, New York, São Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo, the company provides investment services for a wide variety of global clients, across an equally wide variety of mandates. By devoting all of its resources to fixed income, Western Asset can provide a full commitment to clients of all types. This focused approach has generated positive returns in a variety of products with varying risk disciplines. Western Asset's long performance track record and global presence have positioned the company to continue its commitment to excellence in fixed income investment management and client service.

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