You know... it's quite depressing to read that most trader's careers end at 33. I'm on the other side of 33 and I've had my best year spreadbetting the markets so far! I'm enjoying it more, becoming more patient, disciplined, methodical and developing my knowledge more and more yet I'm supposed to have crashed and burned years ago. WoooW! Not only that, but my maths is barely above pass level: Tell me to answer e.g., 35X54/7+16/6 in less than 30 seconds and I'll say "goodnight". So, by no means am I one of those maths whizz kids. Yet, plenty of the guys they actually hire couldn't last a month's trading!

It's so very, very unfair/ridiculous how the selection process actually goes for banks. I've learned through experience that being average at maths is by no means a weakness at all. But just try telling that to the HR dept. of any bank! :whistling Moreover, if anyone's excellent at maths but poor at probabilities I'd say such a person has a very good chance of being an absolutely useless trader. It's a great shame really, as I too would love to have been a salaried trader. The one thing though is that, although my maths is decidedly average, my estimation for probabilities is excellent. I am also a very good backgammon player - a game where a mastery of probabilities is essential. And if I didn't give away so many tells (including blushing) I'd also be spending time at my nearest poker den...

(Sidenote: hmmm just thinking too that I'm not at all envious of the OP's banging the so called "fit birds" on his airline - as I've scarcely seen a fit hostess in years. Unless, that is, you're working for singapore airlines where, admittedly, the fitness factor is at least reasonably acceptable from time to time. )

It's so very, very unfair/ridiculous how the selection process actually goes for banks. I've learned through experience that being average at maths is by no means a weakness at all. But just try telling that to the HR dept. of any bank! :whistling Moreover, if anyone's excellent at maths but poor at probabilities I'd say such a person has a very good chance of being an absolutely useless trader. It's a great shame really, as I too would love to have been a salaried trader. The one thing though is that, although my maths is decidedly average, my estimation for probabilities is excellent. I am also a very good backgammon player - a game where a mastery of probabilities is essential. And if I didn't give away so many tells (including blushing) I'd also be spending time at my nearest poker den...

(Sidenote: hmmm just thinking too that I'm not at all envious of the OP's banging the so called "fit birds" on his airline - as I've scarcely seen a fit hostess in years. Unless, that is, you're working for singapore airlines where, admittedly, the fitness factor is at least reasonably acceptable from time to time. )

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