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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.”