inveus Trading Awards 2017
Congratulations! You have qualified for the Trading World Cup finals in
Barcelona in December 2017! We're
looking forward to seeing you there!
The other participants, the numerous spectators around the world, and we, of
course, would like to know how you qualified. We'd like to learn more about you
and your trading style, and are pleased that you're willing to
do this interview
How long have you been trading?
I think I have to elaborate a bit. I started with shares. I bought my first
shares in June 1990 - Kali + Salz.
I bought more shares up until autumn and then started looking for
possibilities to s
peculate on falling share prices and with leverage.
Warrants were the obvious choice at the time. So in October 1990, I
bought my first warrant. Back then they were put warrants sold on the
I was successful pretty quickly, but the execution and finding the prices
(in a newspaper) was cumbersome. So I started looking for a better way
to trade with leverage and in both directions. In February 1991, I found
everything I was looking for on the DTB (German Futures Exchange) and
I continued trading all of the asset categories in my spare time until I
started my own logistics company in 1993.
How did you get into trading?
I started trading CFDs in 2006. I was reading the magazine TRADERS
when I stumbled upon ClickOptions by Société Générale. After a while,
though, I decided that this type of trading and dubious clearing methods
wasn't what I wanted to do long term.
At the same time, a broker by the name of ABN AMRO Market
index was offering CFD trading. I knew about CFDs but didn't have any experience
with them, so I opened a free demo account in 2006. I've been fascinated
by CFDs ever since.
How did you teach yourself to trade?
I taught myself everything I know about tradi
ng. Then and now, I found
information, news and reports on trading in magazines. The magazine
TRADERS is certainly one of my favourites.
But for in - depth knowledge, specialist books are still the best. And then of
course there's the excitement of trying a
nd testing. Taking part in
competitions is also part of the learning process. I have to say, though,
that I am rather sceptical about the increasing number of webinars.
The dream of many traders: Can you live from trading?
That's more of a personal question and different to answer for every
trader. If I were 22 and single, I probably could. At the moment, I can't live
from CFD trading alone although I've been pursuing that goal since 2015.
How did you find out about the inve
us Trading Awards?
The December issue of TRADERS.
What did you spontaneously like and what triggered you to take part?
I really liked that there's finally a CFD and Forex competition. It wasn't
hard to take part either. And the prize was phenomenal. High prize money and achieved capital.
And the other finalists also get to keep half of the profitthat they make above the starting capital.
And as if that wasn't enough, there are two sub contests that I also think
are exciting and interesting.
How was your strategy to qualify structured?
My trading strategy is very simple. I have three indicators that I frequently
use. They show me what the direction (trend) will be in the coming hours.
Then I look at the volume, which constantly changes during the day.
The strategy for the competition was to reach the top 10 as quickly as
possible. Once I'd done that, it was important to watch how the
performance and balance of the top three participants developed. After I
reached first place, I adjusted the risk to the mar
ket situation and the chasers.
Do you use this strategy when you trade and/or do you use real money?
The strategy to open a position is the same. There can be minor changes
in the closing strategy though.
Tell us a bit about the strategy that you'll be
using in two weeks time in the Trading World Cup finals in Barcelona. Do you have a plan yet?
I think my strategy is pretty much in place. Needless to say that I want to
be the best of the 11 finalists, and of course, outperform the market.
Based on your personal experience, what is the most 'important advice'
that you would like to give other traders around the world?
The most important advice to all of you
ALWAYS USE A STOP LOSS. ALWAYS !!!
Last question: What are your free time activities to recover,
when you are not trading?
In my free time, I deal with antique toys mainly from the 60s and 70s.
Also long walks with my dog are a great way to relax and unwind.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Konrad. And the best of
luck in the finals