Proprietary trading is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around for decades, though the structures of today’s proprietary trading firms are as varied as the selection of cereal at your local grocery store. Generally, proprietary trading firms, or prop shops, are focused on finding professional traders who can manage the firm’s assets. While the structure provided by a proprietary trading group is great for the professional trader who knows how the industry works, there are some hidden pitfalls for the semi-pro or greenie trader choosing a firm to work with. In this post from the Apiary Fund, I’d like to go over a few elements common to most prop shops, and show you how the Apiary Fund’s unique model compares.
It is true when they say that most things in life follow patterns. However, sometimes it is hard for us to recognize these patterns. The markets are no exception. To be successful, a trader must train his or her eyes to recognize and predict upcoming patterns. See if you can guess the next shape in the pattern below:
A lot of traders have asked, "does my personality affect my investing skills?" The answer is yes! Your personality should affect the basic building blocks of your investing strategy.
Investing skills, like learning to play the piano, are developed over time. You wouldn’t expect to play a concerto the first day you sit down at the piano, so why do people expect a great performance when they place their first investment?