For several years, I was working alongside several other independent retail traders, and then I spent one year working right next to a hedge fund, where I interacted with some of their traders on a regular basis. Since the start of 2018, I am working at home for now.
One thing I truly miss as a result of no longer being in a trading office, or let alone any office, and working from home instead – is the inability to have impromptu conversations with a colleague, or even better, a fellow trader.
Yes, you can whatsapp with a buddy, or you can call your trader friend. Just for me, in my experience, this is just not the same as being able to talk with somebody that physically sits right next to you, at any point in time.
Today I spent the day working on some strategy development, and after a while it felt like banging my head against the wall. Finally, around 5pm, I went to have a banter with a very good entrepreneurial friend of mine in the neighborhood. He is not a trader, but he is a good listener and conversationalist. Talking things over, and having to articulate one’s challenges, is always a great help.
Following that, as well as 90 minutes of roller-blading through central London, managed to get the brain back into gear.
I’ll leave you with a photo I took yesterday at the Tate Modern at the ‘Picasso 1932’ exhibition. This painting is entitled ‘Rest’.