What got you started at such an early age? Did your parents lay the foundation for your financial zest?
I suppose what really got me started was watching many different adverts on TV, for trading platforms giving the impression that making money on the stock market was easy. Thankfully, I saw through these adverts and began to research into the stock market and what it entails. Needless to say, I was fascinated by what I researched. No one in my family is in the financial industry, so this was very much a self-driven thing.
Tell us how you began trading on financial markets. Were there early hiccups? If so, how did you overcome them?
I began trading on demo accounts when I thought it would be worthwhile to try out the knowledge which I had accrued on the financial markets. I started off trading commodities such as coffee beans, crude oil and copper. After having an unsuccessful experience trading these commodities, I switched to trading shares, and I’ve never looked back.
Has your trading experience been fruitful thus far? What have you achieved?
Since starting to trade shares, I’ve been doing quite well, if I do say so myself. I have achieved a total gain in the five figures.
A lot of your blog posts cover the economic side of politics. Are you a liberal or a conservative? Why?
In truth, I do not really believe in this whole liberal-conservative split, however if I had to give an answer, I would say that I am a liberal. This is because I believe that corporations are separate entities to people and should not be treated as such, and the emphasis needs to be on economic stability for the masses, which is what liberalism provides better than conservatism.
With mainstream media going bonkers over Trump, do you think Trump’s ability to weave together a multi-billion dollar business empire serves as a precedent for potential presidential or economic success?
Of course, there are many overlaps between running a business and running a country, so Trump’s leadership experience is a valuable asset which could help him if he does become President. However, Trump’s heartless approach to politics that has stemmed from a lifetime of doing business does not bode well for him in the Presidency, and as such, I believe that other candidates who are not as business-oriented as Trump would do better.
In the same vein as the previous question, who would you bet your money on winning the U.S elections in 2016. Why?
It’s going to be very unpredictable, to say the least. If I had to choose, I would say Hillary Clinton, firstly because her policies are the most sensible in U.S. politics at the moment, and secondly because the U.S. electorate should see beyond the Trump soap opera by the time that Clinton is the Democratic nominee for 2016. I really don’t think that Sanders can amass a big enough following to oust Clinton, although we’ll see. The only honest answer here is, who knows!
And finally, to end on a lighter note, what do you do when you’re not tracking stock prices? What do you do in your “free” time?
In my free time, I enjoy playing racquet sports such as table tennis, tennis and badminton. When I’m not burdened by schoolwork, I also take an avid interest into analysing different pieces of technology, such as the latest iPhones, and debating which ones are the best value. In addition, I also enjoy reading works of literary fiction such as The Great Gatsby, which I’ve just finished reading!