###1. Tell us little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies?
I am from New Zealand and besides trading I love to travel and enjoy the good life a successful trader is able to live.
2.When/why did you start trading forex? What resources did you use to learn how to trade (websites, books, apps, mentors, etc.)?
I started trading forex about three years ago, but I have been trading other asset classes for over 15 years.
###3. What do your friends and family think about you trading currencies?
I trade for a living and they treat it as they would treat any other high-skilled profession.
###4. What were your first strategies in forex trading? How are they different from your strategies today?
As I said I entered forex with a background in trading and instead of learning from scratch I was able to modify my strategies which stood the test of time. I needed to make adjustments of course in order to modify them for forex trading.
###5. Describe your current daily or weekly trading routine. What do you do before you trade?
Before I trade I head to the gym and get my workout in, then have good breakfast as I get caught up with current events.
###6. What are some of your most unforgettable trades and trading moments?
Calling the crash in 2008 and setting up my portfolio to take advantage of the stupidity displayed by the mainstream. We are due for a repeat and I look forward to it.
###7. Did you ever have trouble using common chart indicators? Which do you think were easiest to use and which ones did you need help with?
No, I did not. I took the time to learn how indicators work as I was learning the basics. After that I decided that price action is the way I prefer to trade and I usually don’t use indicators at all.
###8. Complete the sentence: “If I hadn’t learned about forex trading, I would probably _______.”
…come across it sooner or later as I decided to trade for a living and don’t believe in Plan B’s.
###9. What non-trading activities are you into when you’re not trading?
Sports, traveling, spending time with people I care for and meeting new people all over the world.
###10.What do you think is the biggest mistake that newbies out there are currently making?
The biggest mistake is that new traders think they learn how to trade in demo accounts which is one reason why they end up failing. It is like thinking you can become a pro-golf player while playing a golf simulation in your living room on your favorite gaming console by yourself. You may master the video game, but you are not one inch closer to being a golf player and as soon as you hit the golf course you will fail as expected.
###11. Forex trading is not an easy business. What motivates you to continue trading when in a trading slump?
I have been trading for over 15 years and can trust my strategy, understand how trading works. It comes with time and may be one of the hardest things to master. I trust my strategy, I trade without emotions.
###12. Do you have any advice for trading newbies out there?
Those few who want to succeed need to stop doing what everyone else does. Forex trading may be one of the hardest professions to master and there is only so much room at the top. Being a successful trader, forex or any other asset class, means you are part of a very small and elite minority so you need to follow what the minority does, regardless if it is not popular with what you read. Don’t trust others, including myself, as there are no freebies.
Trading is not social. Out of 1,000 traders one or two will make it so keep on following what is popular (trade demo accounts, leverage is bad, etc.) and you can join the 998 traders sooner or later. Every guru you have access to is nothing more than a retail trader who made a few bucks along the way and hardly an expert when it comes to trading which you can clearly judge by their responses.