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Przemysław

Trader

Krakow, Poland

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I have spent almost two years at OSTC and I do not regret a single second. I especially remember one day during an MPC statement.  The market became so active that I saw opportunities everywhere. I felt like every decision I made was great, every trade I did was successful and I got into a good flow. I wanted this day to never end. I was so busy I almost forgot to blink. Those are the days when all preparation and experience pays off.

Of course it is not always like that. Trading is stressful and can be frustrating too. My way of coping is to do sport for relaxation.  I go running and also go to work by bike every day. It is really important to me that I do this, and helps me to recharge my batteries.

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Thomas

Trader

Brighton, UK

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My love of trading is about finding an edge and developing a strategy in Sterling and Euribor and seeing consistent results. It’s great to see how my ideas play out and be able to predict where the market is going.  Back in October 2015, I predicted it would be a very warm winter which would lead to a steep fall in Natural Gas prices and spreads at the end of the year.  On January 4th 2016, NASA confirmed it as the warmest winter since records began and Natural Gas prices and spreads fell throughout the winter.

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Xiang

Trader

China

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Trading is not a simple thing; you need to do lots of research in technical analysis, market development and the products you trade in.  It needs hard work to be successful, as well as patience, passion and confidence.  In fact, confidence is really important.  I learnt that the market changes rapidly and sometimes I will lose money.  So it can be hard to get those losses out of your mind, but you need the resilience and confidence to carry on and be successful.

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Car-Wai

Trader

Swansea, UK

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Originally from Carmarthenshire, Car-Wai knew that on completion of his Accounting & Finance degree at Cardiff University he wanted to remain in the South Wales area after his studies. However Car-Wai’s application to OSTC wasn’t exactly plain sailing. He first applied in 2009 but his application was rejected. Undeterred he demonstrated one of the key attributes of a trader, resilience, and successfully reapplied in 2010, taking on-board his previous feedback.
Car-Wai built up good results in the energy markets over the first 3 years, cementing his product mix around these crude oil and distillate markets, particularly on the ICE exchange. In 2013 Car-Wai launched his Limited Liability Partnership with OSTC allowing him further control over his earning potential.
“I have a fair few nicknames in the office, mainly based on my style of trading. I don’t tend to carry positions for long periods of time, preferring to get in and out as many times as I can for a price; this is traditionally referred to as scalping. This strategy really suits me and I feel offers the best consistency in results.”
A good trader’s skills lie not only in analysing risk, but also choosing the right amounts to place on each trade. Car-Wai’s other great passion is sports betting, an interest that has certainly provided a transferrable skill set to support his trading. Before joining OSTC he worked as a cashier at Ladbrokes. His holidays tend to revolve around Cheltenham festival, international tournaments and rugby & football fixtures.
“Trading isn’t gambling. There is more structure, research, rules & regulations together with hard graft that goes into it; much more than just placing a football bet. I’m so pleased that I’ve found a career that has provided me with the opportunity to enjoy things such as Alvarez vs Khan in Vegas, watching Wales at the Euros and season tickets for my favourite teams, Swans and the Saracens.”
Car-Wai has a reputation for being lucky in the office but the reality is he is an example of the famous Thomas Jefferson quote “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
“When I’m winning seat upgrades at the O2 ATP Tennis finals, that’s luck, but at work it’s taken me a long time and hard work to get to the standard I’m at. It doesn’t happen as quickly as you might assume, you have to be persistent. When you start to see the results it’s definitely worth it.”
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Amarkant

Analyst

India

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I started my career with OSTC India in 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 great opportunities 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 have had an ever expanding product mix and range of strategies which lead to my performance improving day by day. Having had an entrepreneurial mindset from the start, I wish to partner with OSTC on joint venture initiatives in the years to come.

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Jacek P

Trader

Poznan, Poland

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For as long as I can remember I always wanted a job in the financial markets industry. It was during my studies when I first visited the OSTC offices and took part in an Open Day organized by company’s Poznan branch.
When I saw how the live futures markets looked and how they behaved I was even more confident that I wanted to be a part of the OSTC team.
I did not have a lot of experience in trading but the training I received during my first weeks as a professional futures trader was more than enough. The rest, however, was up to me. I always remind myself that self-discipline and a trading plan is what you need; these are the two key factors that can help you to achieve success.

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Sophie

Trader

Swansea, UK

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Sophie joined OSTC Wales in September 2013 as a Junior Trader after attending a careers fair in her final year of studying a maths degree at the University of South Wales. Trading was an industry that Sophie knew very little about but was intrigued by the potential earnings and the prospect of working with numbers in a challenging environment.

Originating from South Devon, Sophie was keen to avoid relocating to the city of London but wanted to explore her new found interest for financial markets in an environment that had a similar essence to home. At present Sophie is one of a handful of female traders in the office. In an industry that is associated with a dominant male culture times are changing but the large majority of OSTC applications still come from men.

“I knew this industry was male dominated but that was not a factor for me. The OSTC office culture, location and scope of the role are what I enjoy most. The earning potential and autonomy would be difficult to find anywhere else.”

“Trading is the most mentally challenging thing I have done in my life; learning to deal with the stress it creates is definitely part of the role. Since starting my time here I am constantly trying to improve the way I deal with the stress and it’s gradually improving!”

Work life balance is important to Sophie and she feels that OSTC provides a strong workplace culture that encourages a healthy social calendar outside of the office.

“It’s a really unique trading floor in Swansea. We are a young office with the majority of our Traders being 30 or younger so there’s always lots of chatting and we have a good time at a range of social events, from office drinks once a month and meals out to events we organise ourselves such as Poker Nights and Horse Racing.”

 Sophie believes that adaptability and confidence are key to becoming a successful trader however she explains at the start of her career it was highly important to be self-motivated in times where there were limited rewards.

“I put in a lot of hours at the start and didn’t expect to make money for at least the first year; I just wanted to learn and understand the markets whilst taking minimal risks so as to not damage my confidence. The first couple of years were really tough and after trading a variety of markets, starting with Short-Term Interest Rates (STIRS) and soft commodities such as Sugar, Coffee and Cocoa, I finally found my stride in the Energy markets. Mostly Brent Crude Oil and Gasoil. Now, 3 and a half years on, I continually set myself targets, they can vary from small daily goals up to a yearly target.”

 Trading results have excelled for Sophie and so far 2017 has been no different in terms of her progression. Last summer she spent time in Hangzhou assisting with the development of Junior Traders in our new China office.

“It really struck me how global this industry is. My only experience of trading until recently was from our Swansea floor. It really helped me appreciate that the numbers I see on the screen everyday reflect market participants from all over the world. My access to the market is equal to that of a trader in London, Chicago or New York. Electronic markets have made this career available to people like me.”

Outside of work Sophie enjoys exercising as much as she can and is also an exceptional pianist and cook. Playing the piano provides Sophie with a much needed break away from the trading screens and also allows her to unwind after a tough day.

 

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Suresh

Trader

India

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I was very interested in trading from my college days. I read a lot about it, understood what it is and how it works and found it very challenging.

OSTC is a place that gives both opportunity and time for a trader to learn and develop. This was very important for someone like me who hadn’t traded before.

The hardest thing about trading is that there are days you lose money no matter what you do. Staying focused and confident after taking the losses is really hard. Discipline is the most important trait one must master to be successful, along with risk taking ability.

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Demi

Risk & Settlements

Swansea, UK

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I started at OSTC back in April 2016 as a Receptionist in the Swansea office. I found the role very interesting as everyday was different, from assisting the Office Managers, to being involved with the traders, it was a very fast paced role. I heard that OSTC FX (now Godi Financial) were looking for a Settlements and Risk Administrator and thought the role sounded challenging and would give me an opportunity to learn new skills. Following a chat with my then Line Manager, I was encouraged to apply and since January 2017 have been a permanent member of the OSTC FX team.

OSTC/Godi Financial is a great place to work as the atmosphere is young and vibrant. The company’s values and vison show the commitment and career opportunities they are willing to make to their staff.

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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.

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Shen-Hui

Trader

China

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Before working at OSTC trading, for me, was full of uncertainty and it was exciting to learn and go through the daily ups and downs.

I joined OSTC because I felt it would be a challenging and hopefully profitable career, which could also give me the opportunity to learn the global markets.

The best moment so far has been when I started to make a profit. On the other hand, the hardest thing has been understanding the strange moves of the market and I haven’t always known what to do. Sometimes, I’ve had no choice but to endure the losses.

You also need aspiration, diligence, and patience to do this job. My friends thought it would be cool to be a trader, but trading overnight, when I’m based in China, is not easy and takes discipline too.

Outside of work, I like to watch movies or walk around and explore new places. I would also like to go traveling in the future.

The person I look up to the most is Kai-Fu Lee, who is my spiritual tutor. He told me to follow my heart and become independent when I was younger.

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Mateusz

Trader

Poznan, Poland

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When I started my adventure with financial markets I never thought I would call myself a trader. I started with putting my money into investment funds, then moved to stocks and finally ended up trading futures contracts on my own. I wanted to learn more about financial markets even though it was not part of my studies. After some time I was spending more time trading than attending classes at university.

 After that there was no coming back. I knew being a trader would be my way of living. I call it a way of living on purpose – you can’t say that trading is a regular career like a your 9 to 5 job. It is more a way of living, a challenge, a battle of minds and numbers.

 OSTC as an employer gives you a chance not only to watch the markets from the front row but to actually become part of financial world. They provide you with the best analytical tools, access to market data and news. But most important thing is the unique atmosphere on the trading floor and the people that create it.

 All of this has made me think that after almost five years of successes, failures, hard work and experience, I can finally call myself a Trader.

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Filip

Trader

Poznan, Poland

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Since I was a kid I have been excited about the financial markets. Blinking numbers and charts in the movies about capital markets always captured my imagination. I wanted to become a stockbroker at the beginning because I confused this profession with a trader’s job.

In order to get my dream job I started my lectures at the University of Economics in Poznan choosing finance and accountancy faculty. Although I have broadened my knowledge about financial markets, I felt something was missing and the subject of study I chose did not fully cover what I had wanted to learn about. Therefore I started visiting library looking for literature about, for example, technical analysis or tried to find interesting, non obligatory lectures in the field I was interested in rather than to participate in boring classes. During one of such lectures conducted by OSTC managers I learnt about the company and opportunity they offer. I realized immediately that I want to work for them. I felt that my dream job is now so close.

After some time I found out that OSTC opened Trading Laboratory at my university. I applied and started attending lectures conducted by OSTC managers. It was great opportunity for me to meet people who professionally deal with capital markets. It was also time when I found all the necessary information about the way OSTC traders trade.

After graduating I took part in a recruitment process and finally I got a job in Poznan office of OSTC. I have had a rather difficult start. I had to acquire a lot of new knowledge and learn the trading strategy that OSTC uses. Of course I had moments of weakness when I was thinking I did not know what and how to trade. However, the more time I spent in the office, the more I understood and finally I found my own way of trading.

Long conversations with senior traders who showed me what to look for in the markets and what to pay attention to were very helpful. The support from my managers who believed in my true potential was crucial to my development as a full-time futures trader.

To sum up, a trader’s job is not easy one. It is stressful and very demanding. This is a job only for market enthusiasts.