I'm Ross, a 27-year-old analyst working for one of the big four accounting firms. I have a blog, but I don't really maintain it. I suppose my own sense of wit and wisdom has taken a few knocks in recent years and I no longer feel the need to prognosticate about current events like I did in past. Presently, I am working on level 2 of the CFA program.
Since finishing university, I have worked a number of jobs in the finance industry. Specifically, I worked as a day trader for 9 months, and later held various administrative positions under temporary with various finance companies, including a brokerage and two fund companies. After living through a personal financial crisis tied to low income, four months of unemployment and scraping the bottom of my bank account, I resolved to get it right and become much more disciplined with my money.
At times, I do think back wistfully to working as a trader, but I know now that it was not for me. I didn't have the right attitude towards risk, i.e. I was a bit too conservative. I do miss the opportunity to pull off arbitrage trades, and exploit the behaviour of program traders. However, I don't miss the stress and the rare moments of getting steamrolled by the big boys. If anyone has questions about ECNs, dark books, market making or day trading in general, you are welcome to ask me. Though bear in mind that I last did this two years ago.