Who am I?
My name is Steve and I’m a trading enthusiast, volunteer and part-time engineering student from Scotland.
How I get started?
I was born in the UK but spent the majority of my teenage years in Australia, where trading is more widespread and encouraged. My Mother and Brother started trading during this period which started my interest.
A number of years passed before 2008, when I enrolled in College and used my student loan to fund my long-term interest in the stock market, starting with the UK markets before moving it Stateside a few months later. This was why I became ‘The Student Loan Ranger’.
How I learned
Everything I have learned about trading has been self-taught. I haven’t worked in the industry and my tertiary education so far is in Engineering.
I have never paid for educational content and I believe the best way to learn is to pay tuition fees at the school of hard knocks – losing your shirt will teach you much more about trading than any course or book.
Besides actively trading, there are a few resources worth checking out in the ‘Reading List’ section.
What’s the blog for?
This blog is a platform for me to chronicle my development as a trader and share my experiences and views for other traders, particularly those just starting out.
I believe the key to consistent profits us a solid trading plan and a sound understanding of risk and account management.
Technical skills (technical or fundamental analysis) are the secondary skillset which are much easier to develop. I do not personally use any lagging indicators as direct price and participation stats are the only variables I need – price action, sentiment and market internals.
What do I do outside of trading?
I’m studying for a degree in mechanical engineering at RGU. On the weekends I play amateur soccer around the region for my local club. I use Linux and have an interest in statistical analysis and software development.
Very passionate about capital markets at all times! You will find me in the gym four or five times a week.
Buffet, Tepper and Schwarzenegger.