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Anatoly

Trader

Russia

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I enjoy trading.  Even at university I wanted to make money on market movements.  In fact, I traded my account for a year, so I knew some trading strategies, systems of risk management and money management.  I also knew that the key to success is in the right psychology.  That attitude has served me well at OSTC.  You’ve got to be driven and disciplined, and able to combine an established trading approach with flexibility and intuition.

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James

Trader

Swansea, UK

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Relocating to Swansea from Leeds was in some respects made easier for James. He joined OSTC in September 2012 with a fellow student from Loughborough University who was originally from Swansea. At OSTC our office culture means most graduates and traders often end up sharing apartments, enjoying hobbies and time out of the office together . There’s even an annual office skiing holiday.
“My mates sometimes tease me about working in Swansea when they’re all in London. But ultimately they’re the ones escaping the city every weekend when I’m only ten minutes away from some of the best beaches in the UK. Cardiff is only 40 minutes away on the train if I want a big night out or live music. Plus Cardiff and Bristol airport make getting to places like Ibiza for a long weekend easy too.”
Outside of work James spends a lot of his time training for triathlons and running events. He boasts a 10km time of under 34 minutes. The rigorous approach James applies to his training provides the fitting characteristics needed to develop in trading; discipline, organisation and determination. James has a reputation in the office for being one to look after the pennies.
“I don’t mind admitting I’m quite frugal when it comes to money. I like to make sure I’m always getting a good deal on something or avoiding unnecessary expenses. Thinking about it that’s probably true about my trading. I think Swansea has to be one of the most reasonable cities in the UK to live. I even went on the TV show Take Me Out for the free holiday!”
Most traders at OSTC lose money in their first few months of trading. The company encourage traders to look at this as an investment, the cost of learning the market. Success in this industry doesn’t happen overnight. With OSTC providing 100% of the trading capital, we look for individuals that understand our training model and can not only accept these early losses but are geared up for the learning curve ahead. James however was an exception to this rule, profitable in his first month of live trading. There were lessons still to be learned however, and plenty of losing trades to start with. The reality is that a good trader never stops learning or adapting to new markets or conditions.
“I knew the bigger picture when I first started. A few good trades don’t guarantee a bonus and I’m not here just to earn a salary. You have to build consistency. I’m still working on it 4 years later. Ultimately my aim is to earn enough trading so that eventually my money works for itself in the years to come. I don’t think there are many careers where you can achieve that at such a relatively young age.”
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Lukasz

Trader

Warsaw, Poland

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Before I started my career in trading, my life was all about sport. I was a professional football player but even then I invested my savings on the stock exchange. I had a basic knowledge on how the stock market works; but only when I joined OSTC was I taught what trading is really all about and how to trade professionally. The success didn’t come quickly and easily however. There were uncomfortable moments on the way – I recall especially one when liquidity on my best product dried up and I took my first big (at that time for me) loss.  I managed to recover and that made me stronger.

Once I got my first bonus, all my hard work and struggles turned out to be really worthwhile. Nothing comes easy and it definitely applies to success in trading, while many people wrongly think there is easy money to be made on markets. In my opinion you have to really work hard, be disciplined, persistent and passionate about what you are doing to be a good trader. I transferred those characteristics from my career in football to trading.

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Amarkant

Analyst

India

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I started my career with OSTC India in the year May 2013 joining the Mumbai office after graduating from IIT, Kharagpur with an Engineering Degree. I was keen to remain in Mumbai after completing my education as Mumbai offers a great opportunity to  grow and learn in the financial industry plus providing a great life after work. Upon completion of my course, I applied for the Graduate Trader Programme and after rigorous rounds of interviews got selected as one of the recruits for the new batch to start training in May 2013.  Since starting, I had an ever expanding product mix and range of strategies which lead to improving performance day by day. Having an entrepreneurial mindset from starting, I wish to partner with OSTC on joint venture initiatives in the years to come.