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The famous trader Ed Sekoyta once said that,
"Some people are lucky enough to be born smart, while others were even smarter and got born lucky."
I began my career on an institutional equity derivative desk at a big Canadian bank in the 1990s. Although I would love to take credit for being born at a perfect time for my two interests to coincide (trading and computers), the truth is that it was simply one of those fortunate confluences of events. I was privileged to work at an remarkably entrepreneurial securities dealer during a period of extreme change as the trading world moved electronic.
Although my initial duties consisted of handling index clients, in relatively short order, I was moved to a purely proprietary trading role. I was allowed to trade a shocking amount of different products and strategies. As an old guy now, I shake my head at the things I was allowed to do, but it was a different time. To my firm's credit, they were the most profitable bank on Bay Street and allowing young home-developed talent run with the ball was a core pillar of their success.
In early 2000, after the birth of our first child, I decided it was time to leave the bank, and sensing the DotCom bubble was about to burst, I quit my job. After interviewing at some hedge funds, I decided that I wanted to give trading for myself a shot. Figuring I could always go get a job at another bank or hedge fund, I started trading my own account with a mix of different strategies and computer arbitrage techniques that I had previously used at the bank. Well, one year turned into two, then two turned into five, and before I knew it, I had gone more than a decade and a half trading solely my own capital.
Along the way I started writing the MacroTourist newsletter. It was initially a trading journal, but before long I realized how much I enjoyed writing and sharing my love of the markets. The blog morphed into my "nearly" daily letter that allowed me the privilege of meeting some extraordinary individuals who also shared my passion for markets.
Kevin has appeared in a variety of different media publications. These include Barron's, Market Watch, Globe & Mail and Seeking Alpha. He has also appeared on BNN Bloomberg TV, Real Vision, Wharton Business Radio and Chats with Traders.