Lessons from My Crypto Career Risk – Tim McCourt, CME Group

Spencer Doar

Spencer Doar

Associate Editor

“[In July 2000, my boss] said, ‘Tim, tomorrow, you’re going to start on the equity derivatives desk at JP Morgan.’ I was like, ‘Fantastic. I’m super excited.’ I go home, no one really has a laptop, I got my  first cell phone two weeks before – it’s not web-enabled – so I go bring out a red Merriam-Webster dictionary and look up ‘equity’ and ‘derivative.’ All right, I’m ready for my first day tomorrow. I had no idea what it was. But that didn’t stop me. ” 

Tim McCourt, managing director, global head of equity products and alternative investments at CME Group, had no idea he would end up in finance. At first, he wanted to be a lawyer. Then he realized what law school would cost. He didn’t know exactly what to do next, so figured business in the general sense would do the trick.

In this video from MarketsWiki Education, McCourt talks about how to alter your career path when necessary and how curiosity and a willingness to learn can be your best friends.  

Produced by Mike Forrester

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