KB Trader Interview – Grant
Earlier on this week I sat down with Grant, one of the few Prop Traders on the trading floor in Glasgow, to talk about his journey. I knew this would be an interesting one and was very much looking forward to hearing how he ended up here with KB Trading.
We discuss Grant’s journey up until now but also go into detail on what he believes it really takes to make it as a trader with some helpful tips and pointers he has learnt from his experience so far.
Under Grant’s jovial exterior there is a very switched on, focused entrepreneur who will stop at nothing to achieve the goals he pursues as you will find out by the end of this interview.
If you want to follow Grant’s journey closer you can do so through his Instagram, he regularly shares inside snippets of the trading floor and day-to-day life as a Proprietary Fx Trader.
Anyway, enough rambling. Enjoy!
Question: When did you first start looking into trading?
I first looked into trading when I was about 14 years old, but it was never serious. I properly started looking into trading in January 2019 and I quickly fell in love with the statistical aspect to it. I love messing around with numbers and maths was always my strongest subject in school so it came quite naturally. I actually knew Sam prior to KB and so I spoke to him on the phone before joining. I took his course and joined the community ready to take it more seriously than I had previously.
Question: What were you doing before joining the trading floor in Glasgow?
After 5th year (age 17) I left school and decided to become a joiner. Personally, I believed more in hard graft than I did in further education. I was ready to get my head down and get stuck into the real world. I worked as an apprentice and several jobs on the side in order to save up to buy a flat. I intended to buy to let, I renovated it myself and then rented it out, making a monthly income from this. I soon realised that the opportunity was in creating and running a business and so I sold this first flat and started my own company renovating and selling properties. Unfortunately, due to Covid it wasn’t financially viable to continue with.
Do you have any advice for those just finding their feet in trading?
This is always a difficult question to answer because where do you start… One of the biggest things I could recommend is to be completely honest with yourself. Firstly, on how long the journey can take to reach consistency and also honest with regard to your backtesting . So many people will cheat themselves when trading back through the historical data doing things that they wouldn’t do live. It is all about creating a process that is repeatable. Another huge mistake new traders make is jumping between strategies and thinking something doesn’t work just because it hasn’t in the past three months. It can feel like a long time but in the bigger picture it really isn’t and this is where a lot of people go wrong, chasing the “next best thing”.
What are your aspirations for the next 6 months and few years?
My main target for the next 6 months is to have more than half of those months up in profit. Within the next two or three years I would like to be settled and content financially but also just personally, such as living arrangements and so on. I would also like to take on a role within KB in the future, I really enjoy the teaching aspect as it is a very fulfilling role and something I believe I would be good at.
Any last things to add?
I think Grant meant to say good luck at the end and follow your dreams!
I am already excited to check back in with Grant later on in the year or at the beginning of 2022 and update everyone on how he is getting on and I hope you are looking forward to it too. If you enjoyed this be sure to give Grant a follow on his social media and check out the Advanced Trader Course we offer at KB. You never know, we could be seeing you on the trading floor describing your journey soon!