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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 intellectually 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 hasn’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 making the losses is really hard. Discipline is the most important thing one must master to be successful, along with risk taking ability and logical thinking.