About this Blog

This blog was started in 2013, at the suggestion of my first trading mentor.  Paul Wallace wanted to use it for keeping an eye on my progress.  Neither one of us would have ever thought that, nearly four years and 600+ blog posts later, the blog would still be running.

Thus, welcome to ‘Trick or Trade’!14086330_10153692113481218_1158063118720205531_o

This blog gives a real-time account of my journey to become a consistently profitable trader in the financial markets (to the right a recent shot of me when I was away from my trading screens!).  For details of my story and trading experiences from my young teens to 2015-ish, you can read my Trade2Win interview.  From late 2015 till the present 2017, I continued trading and learning on a full-time basis, here in central London, a very convenient spot for aspiring traders!

The last 3 years were spent working in a small trading with office with 2-3 other retail traders.  From Jan’2017 I moved onto a desk next to small hedge fund (see photo), where I am lucky to have regular interaction with some of fund’s traders.

I am only trading with my own funds and everything is up to me – strategy development, learning, execution, administration and so on. Am also putting in place some informal alliances with a few independent traders around the place.

16667130_10154167859931218_571339205_oAlthough am still finding blogging incredibly helpful on a personal level (see benefits of blogging post), it has also become more fun to share my experiences with others who might be on the same journey or who read it simply for leisure.  As always, I try to provide an honest and transparent account of some of the challenges that aspiring traders face.

Blogging for me has been an incredible amount of fun, hence why I am still doing it!  Yes, I know that the layouts and graphics are sub-professional, but I have just focused on the content thus far.  Something to work on.

How is the blog structured?

Simply put – not very well at all!  New content is added to the blog on a regular basis in a very ad hoc manner.   As at early 2017, around 5-10 new posts are added each month.

Sometimes I get an idea to write about a particular topic.  Other times I just want to get thoughts down to paper at the end of a trading session.  In some posts you will get a sense of my emotions at the time of writing, others are written quite objectively in times of calm.

New blog posts are simply stacked on top of each other – without any sense of flow or order. Many of the blog post have been tagged with one or more searchable categories.  Aside from that, one can 16667577_10154167860861218_511612864_oessentially go on an exploration by clicking the suggested links at the bottom of, or within, each post.

Thanks for reading and hope that you are enjoying the posts!