How did you get started in trading?
I opened my first stock trading account with Scottstrade when I was 19. I remember I saw an infomercial on television; some guy was selling educational VHS tapes on trading stocks for $9.95. I later learned of course it was a pitch for very expensive seminars. At the time I was looking to get into some sort of business so this seemed like a good idea to me.
I have to tell you I’ve made all the mistakes in the book. I was trading with borrowed money, over leveraged, under funded, little knowledge, no mentors, listening to CNBC and online forums. It was a disaster waiting to happen. I blew up many accounts in my career.
Why do you like to trade FOREX vs other markets?
When I traded stocks and futures for years they were such competitive markets, you had to be a genius just to break even, then when I looked at some FOREX charts it just looked so straightforward to me. Currency movement just make more sense to me, I understand how they move better than stocks, bond or futures. I believe you have to trade markets that make sense to you.
I like the volatility and liquidity of forex markets and with enough knowhow you can really pay small commissions and spreads.
Why did you start this trading group?
I have been trading for so long and have gained several students along the way, I really enjoy trading and teaching. Being responsible for my students’ trading decisions makes me work harder to deliver only the best trades which in turn also benefits my own trading and theirs, it’s a win-win. After a while I became a very competent trader and was able to put aside funds to start this venture. I want to teach traders how to trade the Leonidas Method.
Why did you start your trading room?
I want to have my own space in the FOREX community where I can communicate and share ideas with my students. Trading is a serious business and I take this very seriously. I believe I can add a lot of value and share my experience with other traders and also learn along the way from them we well.
Can profitable trading be taught?
Absolutely! I have taught myself, I was taught and now I trade and teach. Trading isn’t for everybody or for the faint of heart but with enough time, dedication, mental practice and proper knowledge one can be successful trader. And that is the goal at Leonidas, I don’t want to keep someone on a leash, if a trader feels that he/she is able to trade on his own I will only support that.
What sets you apart from other companies?
I have ran several trading rooms in the past, managing hundreds of clients at a time. I have a great strategy and my students learn something new every day. I provide a lot of value for the small price. I give traders tool that are not available anywhere else, like the index chart and the yearly forecasts, we well as videos, webinars, one on one help, and much much more.
What is the end goal of Leonidas Trading Group?
Learning and growing is never finished. I want to help other people become financially independent. I want to inspire and educate traders to take control of their lives. Even if trading does not become their career (it’s not for everyone), I want the people I work with take something of value from this experience. I want to create a large community and trade accounts for those members who do not have time to trade.