My job is to raise capital by taking on as few risks as possible
"How I became a Trader"
After studying economics and finance, Maxim worked for several foreign companies before returning to Nice, his hometown, where he became an independent trader. And it works!
We won't see him rolling up his shirt sleeves and sweating and gesturing like the perfect New York golden boy. It's 10 o'clock in the morning in the Nice trading floor, and 31-year-old Maxim is calmly sipping his coffee, turning on the computer. Of course, dozens of graphic images appearing on six screens that turn on one after another can impress a visitor, but a young man wants to encourage himself and, above all, become a teacher.
"I'm driven by success, not money"
"My job is to raise capital by taking on as few risks as possible," he says. I position myself in a market whose price is changing, and I study the changes shown on the tables. I buy a financial product (stock, bond, currency) at a convenient time to resell it more expensive and thus make a profit." An independent trader, Maxim has not worked for the company for two years. It manages multiple accounts. Some of them belong to his own name with his capital, others belong to investors. He is currently engaged in speculation in a Swiss investment group.
He would like to clarify: "be careful, I'm not trying to earn as much money as possible! I have ethics, I don't want to get rich at any cost and immensely. I "trade" relatively small amounts (several tens of thousands of euros) and, most importantly, I do not influence prices. Simply put, I'm not amplifying market volatility. I do this craft out of passion. This is due to the excitement, satisfaction of winning and confirmation that my strategy is correct."
He developed his own strategy together with a friend, a trader like him, and met him in London. Their specialty : do not go too far in losses, remaining reasonable and balanced. He is now teaching this way of working. He created a center to teach people how to trade.
In the trading floor in Nice, six computer screens show Maxim stock prices. His mission is to buy or resell a financial product to make a profit. // © Jean-Pierre Ame/divergence for the student.
"I've always liked economics, numbers, mental calculation"
He received a revelation in the field of finance only belatedly after receiving a bachelor's degree in economics in 2006. "I've always liked numbers, and I wasn't too bad at math. At the same time, I was interested in microeconomics and the world movement, geopolitics. My weaknesses were Law and accounting."
In the third year of his bachelor's degree, in a course in finance, he pulls himself together: that's what he needs! He then obtained a Master's degree in Financial Engineering 1 from the University of Nice-Sofia-Antipolis. "There I discover specific financial instruments, another world opens up to me, and it's exciting! And I tell myself clearly that I want to be a broker, a financial analyst, or even a trader. but to become a trader, you need to really prove yourself and get a really good master 2. I knew it was hard to break through. " do not be discouraged so little, and although the seats are expensive, Maxim does not let go of anything and goes to the Paris ESLSCA. He's in his place.
"In five years I have lived in three countries; you need to love to move"
At the age of 24, with a master's degree 2 in his pocket, he applied to the highly qualified hedge fund Van Der Moolern, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He does not go through the internship field, he is hired directly at CDI (indefinite contract) with a good salary to start with. The selection is decisive, Maxim clings: each round of selection is a test, physical and psychological. "First, I took tests on mental computing, digital kits, as well as a three-hour interview on financial markets and general culture.
The selection continues in the Netherlands, entirely in English, where my motivation and stress tolerance were tested. The psychologist also observed my reaction in the classroom in a work situation. It was intense !" The young man is strong, he does not understand himself and withstands the blow. Bingo, he's been hired. After several months of simulation exercises, he returns to the reality of working "with happiness and joy."
He is thriving and discovering a "fascinating and exciting" craft. However, Maxim remains in search of other adventures and opportunities. London is calling him: he is changing the business and integrating Trading and High Rate, where he develops new strategies. "Yes, it's true, we are moving very strongly in this sector. We go where there is an opportunity.
My goal is to progress, develop and achieve more. In addition, Amsterdam and London are cities with an excellent quality of life. It is impossible to imagine that traders spend their whole day working behind their screens. No, we also have leisure and free time."
"I choose independence, I wanted to be my own boss"
After these two experiences as an employee, he is called upon to collaborate as a discretionary trader for a family association. He is being asked to move to Switzerland, near Geneva. "Let's just say the atmosphere was calmer than in England, but the work was exciting!" He still has a few months to finally get what he holds dear: to "trade" from Nice independently on foreign accounts and with the help of his own capital. "There was an opportunity to communicate with former colleagues at work. We have opened a trading floor, we "trade" and teach people our strategies. I don't want it imposed on me anymore."
Today Maxim is happy. He works at his own pace and ends his days at 17 o'clock. He doesn't think they're that intense. Of course, he manipulates large amounts. So what? Confident in himself, he has quite a lot of free time to do his favorite sports, snowboarding in winter and skydiving all year round. "It's a bit of a cliche, but I love skydiving! Will you believe that I have a taste for risk, not at all!" These are, according to him, measured risks. Something like trading.
How to become a trader.
Scientific profiles are welcome. Leaving a major business school (EDHEC, HEC, INSEEC...) or an Engineering School (Polytechnic, Central...) is an advantage.
It is highly recommended to finish specializing in financial markets. A Master's degree in Financial Markets from the University of Paris-Dauphine is particularly highly regarded. For example, some students improve their curriculum with a master's degree in mathematics and statistics. It goes without saying that proficiency in English is necessary.Maxim's route in 5 dates.
2003, Nice, 2006, license for Economics, Nice-Sofia-Antipolis, 2008, MSc Trading, finance and international Trading, Paris, ESLSCA BS, 2010-2012, trader in London and Geneva, 2013, independent trader, creator of the training center, Nice.