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Capital Asset Exchange and Trading (CAE) Overview

Austin, TX
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
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CAE is a leading trading and investment platform for the world’s capital asset markets – we congregate buyers and sellers into one platform, create high net present value matches through our proprietary analytics, and help buyers and sellers transact in a ... Read more

Mission: CAE is dedicated to generating real value for our clients & employees. We believe that providing the highest quality products & services to clients is directly related to creating the highest potential for growth & compensation for ... Read more

Company Updates

  • CAE is expanding. We've now added 5000sq/ft to our ATX trading floor to support our continued growth:

  • Capital Asset Exchange & Trading has just completed another expansion of its corporate headquarters located in Austin, Texas. An additional 3000sq/ft has been added to our space located in Frost Bank Tower in the heart of downtown Austin.

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Capital Asset Exchange and Trading (CAE) – Why Work For Us?

CAE Online was founded in 1982, focusing initially on building the highest quality catalogue of secondary semiconductor equipment. In 2008, CAE Online became Capital Asset Exchange and Trading, LLC (CAE).

In six short years, CAE has transformed the market for secondary capital equipment by creating a transparent, safe and effective global marketplace for buyers and sellers of secondary equipment. A few highlights from the past few years:

  • We have built a level of global intelligence through our database and tracking system that is unparalleled in the secondary equipment market.
  • We've expanded the number of products we own or track from roughly 10,000 to more than 120,000.
  • Our revenues have grown from $1 million to more than $100 million and our team has expanded from just a handful of employees to our robust trading team of today.
  • Our customer list reflects this growth. From 95 percent brokers and not more than 100 clients in 2008, today we serve more than 1,400 global clients at every major academic university, public company, institution, and research center in the semiconductor market.

Today, CAE is the largest and most active capital equipment marketplace in the world, completing more than 2,000 transactions each year across North America, Europe, and Asia. We are now moving into the second phase of our growth strategy, providing completely integrated solutions, new technology, and new services to our key markets.




CAE is a challenging and exciting place to work where everyday employees DRIVE results, IMPACT the company and GROW as professionals.


Work hard, play hard. It takes 10 seconds on our trading floor to be infected with our energy, intense focus and commitment to execution. At CAE, competition is a way of life and we’re always raising the bar.



Opportunity and performance go hand in hand at CAE. You determine your success and path within the company. We are metrics driven, entrepreneurial minded and solution oriented – a combination that makes for a BIG Impact!



CAE is a place that consistently challenges employees, pushing them outside of their comfort zone to drive superior results and professional growth. Although we have a steep learning curve, CAE also offers world-class training and rapid advancement to exceptional individuals.

Medical Coverage: Everything you could ask for and more.

Equipment: CAE is an Apple driven environment.

Happy Hour: at CAE we work together and play together!

World Class Fitness Facility: Rock climbing wall, basketball court, baseball diamond – we’ve got it all! Pacific Shoes Club is just a few steps away from CAE’s office building.

Sales Competitions: Whether it’s cash prizes or weekend trips and getaways, CAE is always planning exciting sales events and competitions!

Company Events: From our annual Holiday Party to our quarterly event competitions for our top Traders, CAE is always jet setting and getting on the map. 



CAE sponsors fun events year-round, from our annual Holiday party at a luxury hotel, trips to Hawaii, happy hours, and "Ferrari Fridays," where members of our sales team compete for a 24 hour Ferrari rental.  Come join the fun!! 

2013 Holiday Part at Carmel Valley Ranch


Ferrari Friday - February 2014


Training Program


Trading, whether at CAE or anywhere else, simply cannot be taught, it needs to be experienced. In CAE’s view, there are not individual graduate or undergraduate programs that can sufficiently prepare one for the challenges in the process or provide the full range of skills needed to be a trader. It’s an apprenticeship business, where you must learn from experts in an experiential way.

Our Training Program reflects this reality and provides new employees with the on-the-job training needed to fully understand the business of trading. It takes CAE approximately 4 months to mature a trader to a mid-level range, so our program begins with a 2-month general training program. Once completed, trainees are assigned to a mentor in our Mentorship Program for continued one-on-one training. Over time, as pattern recognition, pricing knowledge, asset knowledge, and market relationships increase, a trader’s returns continue to accelerate.

Mentorship Progam

Engage with an expert

Every new trader is mentored by a Senior Trader or Director. Mentorship creates an open environment, outside of the formal management structure, that allows newer traders to ask questions, discuss trading ideas, and glean insight from a more experienced professional. The formal mentorship program begins after general training has completed and lasts for 12 months. However, mentor-mentee relationships tend to last permanently.

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    I have been working at Capital Asset Exchange and Trading (CAE) full-time (Less than a year)


    I relocated to Austin, TX this past year to join CAE as a Trader. I'm definitely happy with my time here so far. As for the pros, I would say:
    1. solid group of peers. Theyve hired a lot of new traders this year so there is a great group of guys who are in the same boat as me. Each of us seem to be having a pretty good level of success so far.
    2. the pay structure is really as good as advertised. i was skeptical but i have been on the receiving end of some nice bonuses already, and there are some other newer traders who have done significantly better than i have and made more money.
    3. they've rolled out some new software tools to help identify potential opportunities which really help you get off your feet before youve developed some accounts.


    1. there is a steep learning curve and not much sympathy when you don't have deals even if your new. i will say they are still nicer about it than the managers at my last firm. i think it is this way at any firm when youre in a position expected to bring in revenue
    2. hard to get much time off as a newer trader. this was told to me from the start so not an issue but some people could see it as a con.

    Advice to Management

    keep bringing in good people

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Capital Asset Exchange and Trading (CAE) (Austin, TX) in July 2016.


    I was contacted via LinkedIn for an interview. I did not apply to the job directly. My background is in equity trading and consulting, vastly different from what they were seeking.

    I just had one phone interview, it was very easy and on the same day, Alexis the HR director told me I had passed. They emphasized on how much $ I could make during the phone call which sounded like they were trying real hard to sell me the position, but it did not impress me because my current salary is the same with their "bonuses". I was interested more in the FT benefits such as PTO since I am self employed. But I certainly entertained the thought about working at a company which if searched on google, produced a very negative article where higher ups were accused of giving drugs and hiring prostitutes (just wanted to see what they were about).

    Three weeks later I was told I would not move on because of my "lack of transaction deal exposure" which only confirmed my suspicion that this is a sales job since I have no experience in that department. I wish they were a little more professional and just told me that sooner so I didn't have to bother to email them. Honestly the job sounds very doable for someone with that experience as long they are willing to work European and Asian markets at weird hours in 12 hour shifts. I don't doubt how much some of the trader's can make.

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