I became interested in trading at the young age of 20. I saw advertisements for a broker that offered €20 if you opened an account with them. At that time, I was proficient with computers and was taking a course on “Analyst Programmer” organized by the local government. Although it turned out to be a disappointment, those months spent in the course improved my computer skills and programming knowledge.
Naturally, I had no idea what trading was or the tools needed to do it, so I started blindly and emotionally (the worst approach). Surprisingly, I made some profit within a couple of weeks, turning €20 into €76, a 380% increase. How did I do it? Honestly, I don’t know! My technique involved following news that I found interesting and using sophisticated fundamental and geopolitical analysis in my head to place orders!
I remember making many trades in the Forex market, and since I didn’t yet understand lot sizes, I guessed my way through. I also traded Italian stocks based on news that came out during those days, but they didn’t satisfy me enough, so I continued with Forex.
EUR/USD and GBP/USD were my last two trades. At that time, I didn’t know what correlation was, so I opened two long positions on both pairs. I don’t remember the news, but there was a piece of bad news that hit the markets and naturally affected the currencies.
I didn’t know what a stop-loss was, so I couldn’t even sell the positions due to the extremely high volatility.
Needless to say, I watched those €76 plummet to €0 within a few minutes, and my positions were immediately closed by the broker. Two weeks went up in smoke!
At the time, I wasn’t employed, so I didn’t have the means to replenish my account (fortunately). I decided to abandon trading until better times and promised myself to understand what I was doing.
Some time passed, but my interest in trading didn’t wane. I frequently researched stocks and companies, followed many YouTube channels that discussed trading (mostly technical analysis), and investments. However, what really ignited my passion was the Covid pandemic.
It’s not a pleasant thing to say, but during that period of isolation and pandemic, I spent a lot of time at home and started reading many books, especially on finance and investments. This completely changed my life and the way I thought.
I began to seriously engage with trading and investments, so I bought my first course from a person who made YouTube videos on technical analysis. At the time, I didn’t realize how useless it was, but I immersed myself in the course and learned the basics of trading, such as platforms, trading tools, and operating methods. The course included various strategies for Forex, stocks, options, and automated trading. Initially, I became passionate about Forex, so I opened a demo account and started applying the strategies taught in the course. It went well for about 3–4 months, so I decided to switch to real trading. Needless to say, it was a disaster.
Emotions dominate in trading, especially discretionary trading, and I hadn’t taken my emotions into account during the demo because it wasn’t real money, so I didn’t care. In real trading, things went poorly, but I managed to get out in time and minimize the losses. I then spent more time studying, bought trading books, and started following other pillars on YouTube until I found what suited me best: systematic trading, also known as automated trading. The course I attended used MetaTrader, a complex platform with a difficult programming language, so I started looking for simpler platforms or programming languages, and that’s when I came across the holy grail of EasyLanguage.
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