Where are you from?
What is the general preoccupation of a securities trader?
There is no standard path to becoming a day trader. Personally, I successfully studied
International Finance and got my master’s degree in Australia. This study deals with many
aspects regarding securities, options, investment strategies and risk management. During my
studies I also experimented a little with investing. Since April 2005 I have been working as a
securities trader with Accent.
Could you describe your average day at work?
In the morning I take the train to Utrecht. I have a cup of coffee and read the news. I arrive
at the office around 8.15 AM and start preparing for the day to come. I have a chat with my
colleagues, check my mailbox and try to gather as much information as possible from various
sources such as Bloomberg and Thomson. From 9.00 AM till 17.30 PM, the exchanges are
opened and I trade. On quite moments I tend to have a walk outside.
What is you favourite stock and why?
I do not have a specific favourite amongst the stocks I trade. The advantage we have at Accent
is that we are allowed to trade any stock we like. This means I trade the stocks in which there is
news or a high volume.
What is on your mind when you do you first trade of the day?
At 9.00 AM you do have some adrenaline running through your body, as a lot of the action often
happens at the opening. If you get the first movements right, you do get a kick out of that. Apart
from that, I do not have that much on my mind while trading.
What are important properties of a securities trader?
How do you deal with profits and losses?
- Being able and dare to quickly take a decision
I always want to win, but there are obviously days on which you lose. That is relevant in
thisoccupation. It is best to trade without any emotions, which is not always easy. I think that
people that deal the best with their emotions obtain the best results in the long term.
How is the atmosphere at Accent?
Fantastic! Trading comes along with various emotions which means that there is a lot of
laughing and swearing going on. Every day is different.
Can you give a starting securities trader an good advice?
Show guts and initiative. You have to master everything yourself. You can read the best books
around, but that will not be sufficient to become a good trader. Just do it!