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Bradley

Trader

Swansea, UK

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Charles

Trader

Swansea, UK

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I was at Swansea University and Hannah, our Office Manager, came in to do a talk about the job.  It was exactly what I wanted to do, although up until this point, I only thought a job like this was available in London.

The first year was hard; because even though I felt like I knew how to trade, I kept losing money.  However, that frustration soon passed and when I got my first bonus, it was great to start to see the rewards of my hard work.

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Malcolm

Head of Product Development & Market Making

Swansea, UK

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Malcolm is our Head of Product Development & Market Making. His role currently involves setting up the Relative Value Fixed Income desk at our trading floor in Swansea. Malcolm is on hand to train and mentor our new traders, a role he shares with Office Manager, Joel. They trade the market side by side so they are on top of all the market moves and can provide in-depth analysis on which strategies to deploy, allowing critical growth and development for our Junior Traders.

What is your top tip for aspiring trader?

Traders should have the confidence to ask questions. At 18 when I joined Bank of China I would pick the brains of everyone I could. It’s not a sign of weakness, you will be surprised and the person you ask will enjoy it, you will learn much and it will pay off in the long run in your trading career. Don’t give up when you lose, losing money in trading is unfortunately part and parcel of the job, you have to be able to recognise this should not dent your confidence. Instead, analyse the trade and processes that made you lose. Ultimately, I keep telling the traders I work with to enjoy trading.

In your opinion, describe the characteristics of a successful trader.

A trader needs to be dedicated, enthusiastic, driven, passionate, humble and be able to remain calm and collected under pressure. I’m not a firm believer in a trader having to be a Quantum Physicist to become a successful trader, however you do need to be able work with numbers and patterns and do that quickly, that’s more important for me. It is likely trading will stretch you emotionally and physically to your limits. Successful traders that I have met seem to have been able to show examples in their life where they have managed to pull themselves off the ropes when all the chips are down and come back stronger.

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Kritika

Trader

India

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OSTC came to my college and offered lucrative career prospects in capital market – something every finance graduate dreams of. Before joining, all I knew of trading was the famous stock market crashes, everything we had been taught was theoretical in academia.

In reality, it’s hard when you come up with loses, however when you have to come back with the same enthusiasm to trade the next day. Every day is different you make peace with it. The confidence in yourself and dedication towards markets are the only things that count; passion, discipline and commitment are what you need.