Trader Interview with TradeHelper (DARWIN $DLF)
Fellow trader TradeHelper is the brain behind DARWINS $DLF, $THJ, $DLI, $TFM and $TDF (all of them yielding positive returns since inception!). DARWIN $DLF definitely stands out: its amazing returns have granted this trader a spot in the Top Invested, Return > 50%, On Fire and Trending filters… not to mention the > €500k DarwinIA funds TradeHelper got allocated so far! Want to know how this trader got started and what it took to get so far? Read our trader interview to learn more about this great trader!
So, tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started and how long have you been trading for?
I remember this sunny autumn day, when my father came from work and started telling me about his friend who was trading forex market to make small profits and increase his salary. I believe I was a 20 year old student then who soon became really excited about investing. Now, 10 years later, I am still very thrilled when I think about this.
About your trading strategy: what pairs do you usually trade? Do you always trade the same timeframes?
I would say that my favorite trading style is swing trading. Sometimes I use scalping systems but the risk that you take and time that you have to put into when scalping is not adequate to the potential reward you can get. Of course I use different time frames and different pairs. As a trader you have to look for opportunities.
As a trader, what would you say is your greatest strength?
Market is like the ocean. I am like a sailor with my boat. The biggest strength is to know when to come back to a port.
And your biggest weakness?
I think, like many of us, sometimes I become too emotionally tied with my open positions.
Our algos tell you are very good at when it comes to Loss Aversion & Performance. Any ideas for other traders who need to improve on those attributes?
Just be consistent in what you are doing. When you have a trading strategy you believe will be successful in the long run. Just go with it and don’t give up after a series of losses!
What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your trading career?
Be very careful after big winners. It is the time when you are so excited that you can’t see any risks. And even when you see them you just disregard them. And guess what? This is the time when the biggest losers come. The losers that may wipe out your account.
To close our trader interview, any comment you’d like to share with the fellow traders who read this?
Trading can be your fun or your drama. It all depends on you. Never risk all your money, never sacrifice everything you have (your life, family, loved ones) to trading. Balance is the most important thing. If you overtrade the market will eventually suck you and all your money and time will go to waste. Don’t go this way. Make it fun.