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  1. Paul-Reply
    November 30, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Charlie, I’ve got a question but not really related to this video… I’m a university student, I’ve just finished my engineering degree, and I’m trying to find a masters degree in finance, but I’m not really sure if thats necessary to become a hedge fund trader…

    The thing is that I’ve recently chated with a bank portfolio manager, and told me that only 2 or 3 people could be traders, just like the Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi in football… The majority will lose their money. So he told better to leave it, because it is good but like gambling, and at the end I’ll end by loosing my money too.

    I was trading for 2 years on a demo account, an recently 2 months ago I started live,because it looked good. I’m expecting a 5%-10% return a month, with no mora than 10:1 leverage. But the thing is that que told me that even Warren Buffet or George Soros expect to have just 20% a years! So that I have too big and enormous expectations…

    What do you think about that? I’m really confused about that, and I dont know if what I’m expecting is right,so maybe I just have to leave this hole stuff.. Could you give some piece of advise? Can you have bigger returns than that? In such a case, why don’t most mutual or hedge funds get that kind of returns?

    Thank you very much for your help, and sorry about such a long message, but I could not find any reliable information on the internet,and I feel like a little bit lost…

    Best regards


    • Charlie Burton-Reply
      December 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Hi Paul,

      Individual traders like you or I can indeed have much greater percentage returns than hedge fund managers because we are small by comparison. They have huge amounts of money to put into the market and so can’t jump in and out like we can as they wouldn’t get their orders filled! So we have a huge advantage when it comes to percentage returns. So yes you do indeed have the ability to make several percent a month and this is something which is much more difficult for a fund to do. Your portfolio manager is right in that only about 10% of people that start trading become consistent as most will give up too early or indeed treat it like gambling. If you treat it in a professional manner with proper risk controls, you will definitely not lose your money!

      With regards to what masters to do, economics/finance/engineering/maths are all degrees that funds would like.

      hope that helps

  2. Paul-Reply
    December 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Hi Charlie,

    Thank you very much for your answer, that really helps. So I’ll keep trading with that kind of expectations, this encourages me a little bit more in order to keep trying. I’ll think about the master, do you think that’s possible become a trader without any kind of master,education or something like that?

    Thank you very much for everything again Charlie, it helped a lot. And I really like your videos also! They are very helpful!! I’m interested in your community,so I’d like to enter it, but I don’t really have enough money jet. I hope I have it soon!!

    Best Regards


    • Charlie Burton-Reply
      December 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

      No you don’t need to have a degree to be an independent trader but if you wanted to get a job with a firm, then you would. As an independent trader, once you have a 3 year track record, a firm would look at you anyway..


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