In terms of your views on training providers I entirely know what you mean. However, a couple of thoughts on that: for the owner of this particular company, it is more of a lifestyle. He now has a media presence, goes to lots of business conferences, has set up his own charitable foundation, so travels the world and gets to see and be involved in a lot of amazing things through that side of his business. Plus I imagine it give him a nice income to declare to the tax man. In terms of the day to day, most of the coaches are young traders who have only been pro a few years, then they coach for a while and then move on to trade their own portfolio/a few client accounts. While working for the company, they get the opportunity to trade company money, so they make better coin than they could alone and the company make revenue from their trading. I know that several years ago when I was involved with the company some students were offered the chance to trade company funds - the company would fund an account, then you’d share profits. So there are various factors like that which people generally aren’t aware of. Between the funded accounts and the charity work I can see the appeal of it in this case.
Currency strengths - I generally just think that a chart is a chart, and I will trade that. But it would be risky to do that in total isolation, so I do take note of fundamentals. I’m cautious about going long on GBP at the moment, for instance, and I won’t trade tomorrow owing to the British Commons Brexit vote, but generally if I see a strong level or trend then my instinct is to trade it. It works more often than it does not, so I use fundamentals more as a reason not to get into a trade rather than worrying overly in detail about currency strength. They all tend to respect certain levels some of the time. And as I scan so many Pairs I can be very selective - if I have any reason to feel unsure then I simply stay out.