Jason Mcdonald
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Jason enjoyed a successful seventeen year career as a Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager and Proprietary Trader.

Jason enjoyed a successful seventeen year career as a Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager and Proprietary Trader. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics (PPE) from Magdalen College Oxford University in 1992, Jason was hired by BZW and went from initially being a research analyst within the Japanese warrants business to managing a $500mln Pan European Equities Proprietary trading book.


After building a successful track record, Jason then went to work for CSFB’s internal Hedge Fund Modal Capital with a global mandate. Jason then went on to set-up and run the special situation risk arbitrage fund for the MAKO Volatility Hedge Fund.


At the peak of his career Jason became one of the largest Proprietary Traders on the Investment Bank side of the industry. In 2004 Jason joined Commerzbank as a senior proprietary trader responsible for significant parts of a global multi strategy multi Billion Euro proprietary portfolio.

Jason then managed $250mln global long / short portfolios at both Lehman Brothers and Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank before retiring in 2009. In retirement Jason has been contracted on multiple occasions in Corporate Advisory roles across a multitude of industries including Oil and Gas, Mining, Port Infrastructure, Financial Services and Aviation, helping companies’ structure capital optimally for next stage growth.


Jason joined the Institute in 2013 as a Senior Trading Mentor. Jason’s role at the Institute involves mentoring Institute Traders on the official Institute Mentoring Programme after students have graduated from completing the Professional Trading Masterclass (PTM) and Professional FOREX Trading (PFTM) Video Series. Jason helps Institute Traders to realise their objectives in becoming consistently profitable long-term and to build their track records. Jason also helps manage the Institute’s global portfolio in allocating capital to profitable students/traders.