Euphoria & GreedPosted: February 10, 2014
He was studying engineering but even back then his entire focus was on financial markets. I remember him watching the prices passing by at the bottom of the screen and trying to make sense of them. While he was a student he started taking part in a radio program on markets and then he worked for a financial institution before he made up his mind to become an independent trader. You know the drill; financial freedom, the hype of trading, the promise of unlimited wealth etc. He first dried up his own hard earned/hard saved money. Then he did the same with the money he borrowed from his family and relatives. At some point he inherited a flat which he sold for $100k and that sum was the start of something big. Being comfortable with the amount, he took substantial risks which ,to his luck although he doesn’t admit, paid off handsomely. He first made it to $500k and at the peak he saw the 7 figures in his account. He was at the top of the world. He opened a $10m leveraged position and started looking for properties all over the world where he can spend his summers and kept on planning a world trip just after this trade makes him another $1m! He never thought of buying a normal flat because he thought that money can be invested better in his hands. Needless to say he is still on rent. He paid off his debt to everyone. After a short while, things started going downhill. He first lost $20k on which he didn’t lose sleep. Then it grew to $100k and then $300k at which point he closed the position. It was only a 3% move against his position. He later on admitted that he should have taken a vacation on that day while he still could with his $700k. But no; he kept on trading heavily and couldn’t believe how he lost $300k on a trade. His new target was to get back to that $1m. He lost another $200k in a short while and then some. When I met him in Spring 2007 I guess he was at $500k and still smiling. When I met him again in Summer 2008 the smile was far gone. He was trading with $40k and trying to take care of his family at the same time. That money dried up, he looked for a job and miraculously, after not working for anyone for 10 years, he found an analyst position at a wealth management firm where he is not happy as far as I know. He is still trying to get back to his good old days. He still talks about the big misses, waiting for one more day would have made him 50% in 3 months etc. When I tell him that he would have lost that money too, he doesn’t seem to get it.
Moral of the day:
1. No matter what your trading method is, risk management is all that matters.
2. Avoid euphoria.
3. Buy at least one property for your family while you can. 🙂
Written by Bouraq @ http://www.tradingchannels.co.uk