Testimonials - London Academy of Trading

Sergi Martinez

Analytics Bloomberg

Oct 2015

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Why did you choose LAT?

Because it is the only official academy that offer an official certification once you pass the course. Also, because it is amazing the support you get from the mentors and the direct approach you have with senior traders that are happy to share their trading experience.

What programme did you do at LAT?

I took Level 5 programme in Applied Financial Trading.

How did you find the programme?

The programme was really complete, finding always the perfect balance between the theoretical parts of the course with the practical part.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

My goal was to have a better understanding of the financial markets, understand the move of currencies, learn from another method of analysis and get a job in the financial markets in London.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

The most important thing I would say is to be patience and follow my trading strategy regardless the movement of the currencies.

What are you doing now?

I'm currently working for Bloomberg in London

How was LAT helped in you career development?

It actually helped a lot, not only in terms of busting my CV but also on helping me to prepare for the interviews.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

I would definitely recommend LAT to a friend, it was a breaking point in my career.

Harry Ellis

Trader Private Equity & Investment Fund

July 2015

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Why did you choose LAT?

I chose LAT as it had the best recommendations on the internet, well that got me to the door. I booked in to have a look round the offices and meet the staff, see what atmosphere was like. I was sold after the meeting. My father had worked on trading floors for many years and told me this is where I need to be, there were so many different people on the floor all with different ways of trading, it was amazing to see. I sat down with the head of education at the time and he showed me the things I would be doing at the end of the course, it was incredible to see where I would be!

What programme did you do at LAT?

I chose the 3 month in house course, however at the time I was working for my dad so I needed to tailor it slightly. I think out of the 12 weeks I attended 9 on site.

How did you find the programme?

The course was fantastic! So enjoyable from start to end! From the minute you wake up you are in work mode, checking your account and the news that had been published overnight. It becomes an addiction but in a good way, you learn to live the markets and anything you were interested in before is thrown out the window and you find yourself talking about markets to anyone who will listen.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

The goal of the course was to come out with the best possible grade but more importantly it was to understand how to trade from a technical point of view. The ability to chart read goes way beyond FX trading and has opened up a lot of doors for me since.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

For me the most beneficial parts of the course were chart reading, chart analysis and funnelling news from useful to useless. You end up reading pages and pages of news articles but to be able to process which is key and which isn't is so important when it comes to trading, you need to be quick with your decision and confident, and without the confidence you won’t make the trade.

What are you doing now?

Since leaving LAT I have become head analyst at a private equity and investment fund based out in the UAE. I started off as an fx trader but have gradually moved onto overall analysis of all the investments.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

My time at LAT taught me to have a high level of due diligence before any trade was made, to have a work ethic higher than everyone, but also to have the confidence to make my own decisions based on the info in front of me. Without LAT I wouldn't be where I am now, the skills I have acquired are essential to what I do now.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

I have recommended LAT to a number of friends who have completed the course and gone on to have very god jobs in the city. By far the best course

Juerg Furter

Head of Brokerage – Hypoguide

March 2016

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Why did you choose LAT?

Accredited program in financial hub

What programme did you do at LAT?

Level 5 Diploma

How did you find the programme?

Perfect to me, but would have preferred to trade with the options and forwards as handled by the banks instead of FXCM/CFD but this is due to my knowledge in the bank area.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

Managing a portfolio by my own profitably.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

Risk Management 1:2 trades, 1% risk per trade, 2% per day, and 8% max draw down. Most important first and second indicators.

What are you doing now?

Head of a broker and Fintech Company

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Got offers to propose my trading strategy

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yes i would and i would even come myself again over to catch up and learn more

Claudia Monterde

Funds Data Analyst, Bloomberg

May 2017

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Why did you choose LAT?

I choose LAT because I have always had an interest for the financial markets and was very curious about trading but mostly because it is the only program that allowed me to learn to trade based on both technical and practical approach, whilst being directly exposed to the financial markets.

What programme did you do at LAT?

I did an internship while attending the 3-months level 5 diploma.

How did you find the programme?

Taught by professionals with real expertise, the programme is very well constructed and easily adapted for students with different backgrounds or no prior knowledge of finance. The programme is tailored for each student in such a way that it allows every student to develop their own trading strategy and fulfill all their potential.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

The aim of attending this course was to learn to trade in a practical and real-time manner, to trade for myself and have an extra from of income. However, after finishing the course, I realised that I also gained the skills to pursue a professional career in trading.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

The most important thing I learned was the psychology behind every trade and the behaviour of the financial markets. It also taught me how to identify the main indicators to make real profits from my trades while managing my risks to reduce my losses.

What are you doing now?

I am currently a Funds Data Analyst at Bloomberg LP.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Even with a background in finance, LAT taught me to analyse the financial markets in a very special way, focusing on identifying what matters the most, and how the news is important to make the markets evolve and behave.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Undoubtedly!

James Bromley

Independent Proprietary Trader

Jan 2016

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Why did you choose LAT?

I had tried for around 12 months to learn Forex trading myself - learning from you tube videos and various blog posts. Struggled as everyone out there is trading different strategies and different time frames plus there is a hell of a lot of scammers out there. I needed to find somewhere I could learn face to face. Everyone seemed to be offering online courses - LAT offered a proper in house course. I arranged a visit to check them out. Sat in a class which was being taught and learnt a lot. Was very impressed and signed up that day.

What programme did you do at LAT?

3 month in house level 5 diploma

How did you find the programme?

Yeah I enjoyed it. I found it very informative. I spend the 3 months down in London - LAT set me up with accommodation. I met a lot of good people both students and lecturers alike and still keep in contact with a few of them now.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

I just wanted to be a full time trader - working for myself.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

I really feel LAT offers you a great insight into trading and gives you very strong foundations for you then to build on in your own way once you leave. LAT teaches you the main trading indicators. I also learnt about fundamentals regarding politics and economics too.

What are you doing now?

I’m a full time trader - working for myself.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Once I left LAT I continued to work on different strategies. Until I found what worked for me. I have regular contact with LAT even now -they still help me out if I have any questions. Through LAT's contacts I have been working with an Asset Manager for the past three month

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yes 100%

Gary Wu

Portfolio Manager, Kylin Prime Group

Feb 2016

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Why did you choose LAT?

I would like to learn how to trade systematically and professionally. And LAT has a very good teaching methodology and let student to think independently and logically.

What programme did you do at LAT?

Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading

How did you find the programme?

Very good, focus both on financial theory and practice.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

To build a sustainable trading strategy and a good psychology.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

Beware of the market risk at all time, think and trade carefully with your fundamental and technical analysis. Strictly follow your trading rules.

What are you doing now?

I am a portfolio manager at Kylin Prime Group.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Very much, the theories such as Risk Reward ratio, risk management, macroeconomics and technical analysis help me with my work.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Recommend.

Grant Simey

Analyst, ITC Squawk

June 2017

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Why did you choose LAT?

Was the only course that came with an accredited qualification & had very good reviews online.

What programme did you do at LAT?

3 month full time

How did you find the programme?

Great, got what I wanted from it which was a good understanding of technical analysis.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

Trade by myself to gain a primary income.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

Technical Analysis & Risk management

What are you doing now?

With many thanks to Ahmet I shall be a voice on the ITC squawk service.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Helped me define exactly what I want to do and put me down the right path with a vocational course on the CV to help out.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yeah for sure!

Gregi Rossignolo

Fixed Income & Derivatives , Natixis Bank

Sept 2016

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Why did you choose LAT?

I wanted to have a full introduction to professional trading and technical analysis techniques. This course looked to be the best option to me both because it's supervised by one of the top business school in UK and it's officially recognized by the ABE.

What programme did you do at LAT?

I've attended the Professional Financial Trading Programme

How did you find the programme?

The programme is well planned and settled through a three months period. The students are continuously supported by teachers, who are available at all times. I think what you can see in these three months is very close to what you can find in a proper trading room. Overall I'm happy to have participated and mainly to have invested time and money in this course, which is in the end the most important thing.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

I was a Master student in Finance at Bocconi University in Milan. For those like myself who are keen to work in Capital Markets it's not easy at all to get hired from banks or hedge funds. These firms are not happy if they just see good grades and a smart thinker. They want to see passion for the job and a full commitment. This course allowed me to show both of them and besides to have experienced the trading room life for three months. I currently work as Fixed Income and Derivatives Sales at Natixis in Milan and this course was fundamental for me to be hired.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

I already had a full understanding of financial markets. Yet, one thing is studying markets and know how they behave, one thing is taking choices reacting to its movements. Personal self-control is the key. During this course I've learnt to properly interpret financial markets, taking decisions through my interpretation and trading psychology.

What are you doing now?

I'm currently working at Natixis, a French investment bank. I'm Fixed Income and Derivatives Sales for Italy

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Even though I'm not working as a trader it still helped me a lot showing to my employers I have strong passion for finance. They know I can read market's events and interpret them. Technical analysis also helps me to spot under/overvalued assets we may trade.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Absolutely, this school is the first investment you can do before trading

Akif Din

Trader, Acenya Traders

Feb 2017

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Why did you choose LAT?

I chose LAT because it had a variety of courses and provided a lot of material alongside its course. It was the best-rated school in UK, and it was recommended from the reviews I read. LAT was the only school I read about that provided an accredited course.

What programme did you do at LAT?

Level 5 Diploma in Professional Applied Financial Market Trading – 3 month Course

How did you find the programme?

I found the programme hugely beneficial. It has been the best investment I have made. The course content and how it was taught was brilliant-some of the best teaching I have come across. The structure of the course was perfect. It has been thought-out and this makes it easy to understand, learn and follow through with the course.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

To trade part time and look for a new job within the financial markets industry. If not, then I wanted to begin trading full time, independently.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

The main things I learned was to:
1. Trade with the trend, and not pick the small retracements
2. Trading psychology and discipline
3. Risk management
4. Learning how financial markets work and what affects them

What are you doing now?

I work for a proprietary trading firm. I am at my final stage of preliminary training, moving over to managing a company account in January 2018. I also trade my own capital part time.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

LAT has helped me get a job within the industry (more importantly within the same sector-markets) by giving me vast amounts of knowledge. It has provided me with a qualification, which allows employers to see that I am qualified and that I have an understanding, knowledge and the practical experience of financial markets and trading.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yes. I would recommend LAT to anyone, regardless of what background they come from.

Craig Paton

Sales Manager, FxPro

April 2016

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Why did you choose LAT?

The decision to choose an educator was very hard considering the market place and how many educator providers there are now. The main reason I choose LAT other than its great reputation was the fact that it is the only accredited educator out there and I feel that really sets it apart.

What programme did you do at LAT?

I studied the 3-month course of Applied Finance and Trading. I was a blended student meaning I done half the course online and the other course in-house on the trading floor.

How did you find the programme?

I found the programme great, the material within the course covered everything you needed to know about all aspects of trading.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

When leaving the course my goal was to trade my own money and show a consistent rate of return on my capital.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

The two main things I learned at LAT was the physiological aspects of trading and how your mind can affect your positions, good or bad. And the importance of setting your own trading rules when going off and trading independently. In the FX market where there are no rules to follow your own plan and not to deviate from this is most certainly one of the greatest aspects.

What are you doing now?

I work full time as a Sales Manager at FX Pro while also trading my own money.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

I was able to progress on from the course and obtain a job within the financial markets.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Certainly, I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff at LAT!

Jacqueline O'Shea

Independent Proprietary Trader

June 2014

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Why did you choose LAT?

I chose LAT as it has accredited courses and you come out with recognised qualifications;
a lot of the courses on the market did not seem to be credible, so this was a big factor for me. I also liked that LAT provide a good balance between practical and theory and offered flexible study options.

What programme did you do at LAT?

I did the three-month level 5 diploma programme

How did you find the programme?

It was a really great programme, at the end of the course I felt armed with all the skills and knowledge to develop a comprehensive trading plan and ready to action everything I learned with a live account.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

I’ve always had an interest in investing and wanted to learn more about trading and the markets. I did the course out of interest, but enjoyed it more than anticipated and have been trading ever since.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

I gained a good understanding of what affects the market and how to read the market by using tools, indicators and economic data. Also, just as importantly, I leant risk management, how to devise a trading plan and trading psychology.

What are you doing now?

I’m trading and creating websites for family offices and trading firms. Both go hand in hand, and I have found my trading knowledge has assisted me in the development of websites, as I understand the target market and can develop trading content. Most importantly, I now can have a flexible career and be self-employed.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

LAT taught me the skills to be able to trade independently. I use to work in marketing full time but now have more flexibility to trade and be self-employed.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yes definitely, the staff and mentors are very knowledgeable and taught me a great deal. I learnt so much from this course and enjoyed been on the trading floor.

Eugene Murray

IT Contractor

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Why did you choose LAT?

I am an IT contractor. Basically a web developer and my last three projects have been in the investment banks. Before the course, I had zero knowledge of trading, economics, the markets etc.

What programme did you do at LAT?

Level 5 on-line blended option.

How did you find the programme?

I found it tough as it should be.

What was your goal for when you completed the course?

Add to my CV and skill set so I can get more and better IT Contracts in Finance. Possibly trade myself and do something with my SIPP.

What were the main things you learned in your time with LAT?

I know what FX is now! Plus I feel much more confident and familiar with the various types of economic data and I am happy to make investment decisions which I would never have done before. I have found it very hard to follow FX day in day and with keep up with the day job but the fact I am now actively managing my own SIPP is a very important long term goal of mine.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working on a Bond Trading app for Mizuho Bank getting ready for MiFID 2 in January. I have also started having a serious look at Algo Trading having spent the summer focusing on researching funds and ETFs etc for my long term investments.

How was LAT helped in you career development?

Yes I get contacted regularly about FX Trading projects, and other high quality Financial and FinTech projects all the time.

Would you recommend attending an LAT course to a friend?

Yes, it's time consuming part-time – but no pain no gain. I went from no knowledge to being pretty confident and knowledgeable. Everyday should be onwards and upwards and the LAT course certainly fits in with that philosophy.

What our students say

Joining LAT has changed my trading psychology and understanding of the markets much more than I ever did prior to joining the course.

Jeyson Ng
Level 5 Diploma
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