Andrew Tsai

Andrew Tsai

Equity Research Associate at Wedbush Securities

Cupertino, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Financial Services

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Andrew Tsai's Overview

  • Retail Stock Investor at Self-Employed
  • Undergraduate Research Assisstant at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Club Vice President and Co-Founder at Speculative Trading & Arbitrage Team (STAT)

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Andrew Tsai's Summary

I recently completed my final quarter of MS studies in environmental engineering at Stanford. Aiming to leverage academic background in engineering with seven years of investing experience to pursue a career in equity research.

Andrew Tsai's Experience

Equity Research Associate

Wedbush Securities

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Financial Services industry

December 2013Present (10 months) San Francisco

Private Company Strategies

Retail Stock Investor


October 2006December 2013 (7 years 3 months) Cupertino, CA

• Analyze and invest in stocks to attempt to measure a stock’s intrinsic value, using both technical (charting) and fundamental strategies (DCF and trading comps analysis)
• Research specific companies, macroeconomy, and financial news on a daily basis
• Returned over 100% since inception on initial equity in 2006
• Started, with one peer, UC Irvine’s first trading club, UCISTAT, to teach peers about charting and technical analysis

Undergraduate Research Assisstant

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

July 2009August 2011 (2 years 2 months) Irvine

• Researched two-phase flow through fractured media, under guidance of Prof. Russell Detwiler
• Investigated coupling between fluid flow through fractured media
• Generated and optimized algorithms using C++ and MATLAB for experiments simulating infiltration

Club Vice President and Co-Founder

Speculative Trading & Arbitrage Team (STAT)

September 2010June 2011 (10 months) Irvine

Hold weekly seminars for students to learn core market concepts, trading strategies, and risk management.
Offer direct-access simulation trading to students through Interactive Brokers' Student Trading Lab program.
Invite local traders & fund managers in Orange County to be part of our trading community.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Insurance industry

June 2008September 2008 (4 months) Irvine

• Managed, with one other employee, a medium-sized insurance company at two locations
• Maintained company’s servers on a daily basis. Provided assistance with computer-related problems
• Managed network servers and the backup system. Developed a database to track inventory

Technical Intern


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Computer Hardware industry

June 2005September 2007 (2 years 4 months) Fountain Valley

• Tested products including DDR1/DDR2 DIMM, Kingston’s media player KPEX, and flash memory
• Overclocked and benchmarked computers using top-of-the-line Intel and AMD microprocessors and NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards
• Constructed a server using prototype processors and motherboards for a display booth at Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) in 2007

Andrew Tsai's Projects

  • Volatility as an Asset Class

    • April 2013 to June 2013
    Team Members: Andrew Tsai

    Construct the efficient frontier for universe of 30 (DJIA), 100 stocks (S&P100), and 500 stocks (S&P500) based on sample versions of mean returns and their covariance matrix

    Minimize estimation errors by using the Shrinkage approach to estimating the covariance matrix

    Include volatility using ETFs tracking the VIX (VXX, XXV)

Andrew Tsai's Languages

  • Chinese

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Andrew Tsai's Skills & Expertise

  1. DCF Valuation
  2. Financial Modeling
  3. Equity Trading
  4. Technical Analysis
  5. Stock Market
  6. Finance
  7. Renewable Energy
  8. Water Treatment
  9. Microsoft Excel
  10. Matlab
  11. C++
  12. PowerPoint
  13. Microsoft Word
  14. AutoCAD
  15. Labview
  16. Simulations

Andrew Tsai's Education

Stanford University

Master of Science (MS), Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering


Related Coursework: Investment Science, Corporate Finance, Accounting-Based Valuation, Decision Analysis, Projects in Wealth Management, Ethical Analyst, Options Theory, Renewable Energy, Energy Resources, Environmental Biotechnology

University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Science (BS), Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering


Grade: cum laude

Activities and Societies: Deans Honor List 2007-2011, Golden Key Honor Society, Chi Epsilon Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society,

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