Alumni Spotlight – Tyler Kucera ’08

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Tyler Kucera graduated from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management in 2008 with a BSBA in Finance.

Why did you choose to work for Edward Jones?

I chose to work for Edward Jones after completing an internship on the equity trading desk on the trading floor of the Tempe, AZ home office. I got to see first-hand that the trading floor was an exciting blend of market activity, analysis, and strategic thought. The traders were ethical, fun, smart, and motivated to not only be great traders but also to actively drive the trading business of the firm and push it to new levels of efficiency, capacity and quality. I also really liked that the traders at Edward Jones had the opportunity to have real trading responsibilities including making capital commitment decisions relatively quickly after appropriate licensing, training, and demonstration of comprehension. I didn’t want to spend the first few years of my career assisting a trader; I wanted to trade.

Tell us about your job responsibilities and title.

As a Position Trader on the Municipal Trading desk, I am responsible for committing our firm’s capital to provide a consistent supply of municipal bonds that align with our firm’s quality, maturity and diversification recommendations. This includes participating in new bond issues as they come to market, negotiating bond purchases in the secondary market and bidding on bonds on behalf of our firm when opportunities arise in the market. I also provide service to our financial advisors by answering questions and working on specific requests from our branches or clients. Traders at Edward Jones also actively develop, test, and refine trading tools and systems that shape the future of the trading floor.

What do you enjoy most about working at Edward Jones?

I like many things about working at Edward Jones. Most of all, I like having the opportunity to apply market knowledge and trading skill to make a direct impact on both the firm’s business and ultimately the firm’s clients through my interaction with our Financial Advisors around the country.

What is your fondest Eller memory?

My fondest Eller memory was the group project whereby we created a new company and business plan. The group work wasn’t always easy but I walked away understanding that successful businesses are the result of thorough research and strategic thought and not just having a good idea.