Meet the Authors

Introducing the writers at ForexFlow. Our regular writers put their money where their mouths are. They don’t just write about trading, they are trading.

Ryan Littlestone

Ryan Littlestone

Trader

Where did it all begin?

I entered the financial world bright-eyed and bushy-tailed over 25 years ago, when I stepped out of Bank station in the heart of London to begin my career at LME founding member Rudolf Wolff. I worked my way from the back office, to dealing in LME warrants, and then to the main execution desk broking orders for customers across the LME and virtually every major global market.

When did you start trading?

While at Wolff, an opportunity to help set up a new LIFFE operation was too good to turn down, and it wasn’t long before the pull of the pits had me hooked and I became a “local” trading my own money. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I stood in the pit and didn’t have the foggiest idea what to do. My first major trading lesson was realising that even with years of being involved in markets, it does not prepare you for trading with your own money. I had to learn, and learn quickly but I was very fortunate to have some very good trading teachers, and here I am, still trading my own account and managing to win more than I lose. What I really want to do now is pass on the knowledge and experience I gained, to help you realise your potential.

What is your most important trading rule?

“Trading is not about learning how to win, it’s about learning how not to lose”.

Koen Vanderschrick

Koen Vanderschrick

Trader

Where did it all begin?

I had a dream about being a live interpreter at the European Institutions as I loved my languages. They had free coffee and biscuits served by a nice lady walking around the offices, and paid no taxes on their income!
However, I fell into the financial world by accident at Citibank Brussels, that’s a generation and a half ago on a one month student job assignment. I made the coffee and got the sandwiches for the traders, and paid taxes on everything I’ve earned ever since.

My coffee was the best so they liked and kept me. Well, besides, I was apparently a decent learner about cash flows and especially a fast hand writer of fiduciary contracts, manually (yes there was a world before AI) calculating interests on 100s of these babies rolling in daily on metre long telexes.

When did you start trading?

There and then. I had no clue about economics when I started but bathing in it every day, and with the help of some real bankers in those days, I learned, sometimes (well most of the times) by a kick in the bum, how money flows around in this world, and the bug got hold of me.

I worked on the money market desk. One day, with one of our spot market makers being off desk, one of the branches called and asked for a price in USDBEF (Belgian Franc). My then mentor told me to go for it and make a price. The rest is 30+ years of spot FX market making in several of the world leading banks, to the biggest, most demanding, and furious at times, clients in the G11 space.

The JPY was my biggest attraction that brought me to spend 5 years in The Land of The Rising Sun. I had a blast trading FX spot and options, and every day learning how the interaction of numbers, interest rates, trading patterns (I had a great Cloud sensei in Tokyo) and my least favourite, politics, influence our markets. After that last assignment, I wanted to know what it is to be on the other side of the screen trading for myself.  I can say my long experience really helps in making a living, and especially confirm that it comes through work. Certainly, not a lot is for granted. I am happy to be able to share this with others now.

Trading rules.

“Embrace change, adapt.”

Si Heath

Si Heath

Trader

Where did it all begin?

My trading career began leading into the various demutualisation deals in the 1990`s, resulting in gifts of shares to account holding customers like me, from what are now, leading Blue -chip companies on the London Stock Exchange.

I had absolutely no idea what to do with the things and soon realised that although I did not need to sell them, I needed to do something with them and so I looked for advice.  I took the advice from a one- man- band broker in my local town and started trading. I got lucky by finding the little old man, my broker and first mentor, who imparted his words of wisdom when in reality, he could easily have robbed me.  An act of honesty and kindness never forgotten, which has eventually bought me to trading stocks with ‘leading’ and ‘essential’ criteria.  Board of Directors and their past performance(s) as leading criteria, and potential being the essentials.  A tried and time-tested base strategy that many of the most successful investors of all time adhere to.

When did you start trading?

I fell into the industry while continuing a highly successful career in construction project management.

Trading captured my imagination and reignited my passion for economics, which I shone at during my school and college days.  It grabbed me and has never let go. I was lucky.  My career in construction offered up plenty of opportunities to keep up with markets.  I am a consummate reader and just as happy with the FT, Economist or a good novel to read, as I am with reams of analysis to compare with my own thoughts on politics, jobs, CPI`s, retails and almost anything connected with financial markets. I am a grafter.

 Eventually, close to the turn of the century, I found Forex as a natural extension to my experience gathered in stocks and related commodities. Another string to my bow. I hit the ground running and cut my teeth during the great runs in the Euro and the rapid growth spurts in on-line trading. In 2009, I hung my pinstripes up, threw the rigger boots and helmet in the garden shed and started trading full time working 15 -hour days, still hungry for more knowledge and a renewed job satisfaction. Word travels fast and a very old friend got in touch and asked for a meet. To cut that long story short, I joined his group of 3 investors, an investment club as a trader/analyst, myself, an accountant, a regional bank exec` and my good friend, a highly successful and respected industrialist. All retirees. Today, the group stands 34 strong, individually managing SIPPS, trading ISAs, leveraged accounts and actively managed funds with pooled thoughts, opinions and plans. I found out over the years that it is indeed true, that money comes to money. Stepping back 3 years, I became ill. My cancer took me away from the group, yet since I have recovered, I have left the group on good terms and have once again hit the ground running. Slower but running all the same. No sob stories here.  I got lucky. It was time again for a fresh start.

 Let me tell you something now.  In every expert, there was once a beginner.  With honest, hard graft and a passion, I am testament to anyone who has the same attributes to make a living in the world of finance. It is not rocket science, there are no secrets, it is not elitist.  It is for anyone who is dedicated enough to take the hard knocks along the way and keep trying for success. Never give up.

What is your most important trading rule?

“If you are not sure what to do, do nothing. Learn how to sit on your hands for however long it takes to get back with a view and a plan.”

Horatio Dubsly

Horatio Dubsly

Trader

Where did it all begin?

After leaving my institute of higher learning, I took a summer job as yachts crew, sailing wealthy corporate types around the Med. I used to run into town every morning, wherever we had tied up for the night and buy the newspapers. One particular client noticed that the financial pages were always missing, and would miraculously reappear later that morning. The client revealed himself to be a partner in a private brokerage and offered me gainful employment.

I spent most of my day talking to the Mrs. Doris from Penton Mewsey’s of the world, on the merits of stagging/holding her British Gas IPO share allocation. It was on phone calls like these that the daydreams began. I imagined I was a pilot in the Luftwaffe during WW11 dropping bombs on Penton Mewsey.

When did you start trading?

I started trading equities very early. I still remember the thrill of hearing a big thud of contract notes to be signed, falling through the letterbox in those pre-online trading days.

I have been living in China for 10 years and trading Forex full time for the duration.  I give regular live trading sessions at the local University teaching my trading methods, and tutor private clients in technical analysis. I’ll speak anywhere they offer a free wine buffet.

What is your most important trading rule?

“You decide your thoughts, your actions and your reality. Choose well”

Patrick Reid

Patrick Reid

Trader

Where did it all begin?

I started trading quite late in life (around 7 years ago) after a lengthy career at the BBC. I had always traded retail but never had the chance to work for an institution. All that changed when I met a girl in hospital whose husband was an ex-LIFFE trader – now futures prop shop called Tower Trading. I arrived freshly suited at Tower 42, a rather ominous building in the city. Much to my embarrassment I was the only guy not wearing flip flops and jeans. I was a local but also traded the firm’s money a little later.

When did you start trading?

From there I made the transition to spot and worked at Edgewater markets, a hedge fund specialising in liquidity and trading for all the big ten banks. This is when things really took off for me as I realised how little I previously knew about markets.

I was lucky to have great teachers along the way and now I try and give back my thoughts and experience on Linkedin. I have a company with my business partner Adam Gazzoli called The Adamis Principle. We trade G10 but also provide mentorship and training.

 

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