Change at the Top

Sharky

Admin
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After more than ten years at the helm of Trade2Win I’ve decided to step aside to give someone new the opportunity to bring a fresh focus to the site. I’ll remain the owner of Trade2Win and on hand to help where I can, but I’ll be handing over the day-to-day management to a new pair of hands.

Since launching in 2001, Trade2Win has grown significantly and far beyond my expectations. It’s been an epic journey. There are a lot of things I did right and, in hindsight, a fair number I did wrong; but one thing that’s remained constant is my commitment to Trade2Win and the interests of the community.

Finding a successor has been a tough job.

Today I’m pleased to announce that the search is over. It gives me great pleasure to welcome to the team, Steve Anderton.

I firmly believe Steve possesses a unique mix of experience and skills that make him the ideal candidate for the job.

First off, and most importantly, he’s got a passion for trading. He’s traded actively from home for over twelve years and still remains an active trader to this day.

Secondly, Steve has extensive business experience, which will no doubt serve him well as he grapples with the many challenges the job will bring. Also, as a local Magistrate, he knows the difference between right and wrong. He’s used to hearing out the arguments and determining what’s fair and just.

Thirdly, and perhaps the best qualifier for the job, he’s already had experience running a trading community. Steve, along with his son Rob, founded a small but passionate trading forum called Tactical Trader during his early days as a trader. He understands it’s a tough job.

I’ve given Steve a free hand to review everything we do and work with, everyone involved to come up with the best ways to move Trade2Win forward. Steve will be making his own introduction soon and will no doubt be telling you how to get in touch, I know he’d love to hear from you.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of Trade2Win who has contributed to the site. I especially want to praise the moderators and staff, past and present. Without your tireless efforts we would never have got this far.

Good trading to you all.

Paul.
 

Steve

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There I was, looking at my latest positions and thinking there must be easier ways to make a living, and up pops an email from this fellow Paul Gould. I last saw Paul back in 2004 and he had made contact with one of my sons (he runs an IT firm and Paul found the website) to find out what I was up to nowadays.

As you would expect I was intrigued why someone from so long ago was looking for me. I knew I did not owe him money so felt very safe making contact, that’s when all of this started.

He told me all about what had happened with Trade2Win over the years (and I have since read a great deal of it) and how he was looking for someone to take over the management of the whole thing. The priority was clearly the community and everything connected with it, where there is a need for a considerable amount of work.

With my trading, some management consulting work and my duties as a Magistrate I had not really thought about doing anything extra. Despite this, I was hooked. I love a challenge and to find one linked with my day-to-day job made this an unusual opportunity. I was also very disappointed when we had to close Tactical Trader (a long story that I’ll be happy to share at some point) so in some ways this gave me an opportunity to almost carry on where we left off, albeit many years later!

So in the end it really was too good a chance to miss so I agreed to join the team. My official handover was only yesterday but I have been around for a short while in the background, reading, absorbing, watching and asking questions so that I could make the best possible start.

So here I am, at the bottom of a mountain that has to be climbed. There’s a huge amount of work to do in a whole number of areas and there is no doubt that this will mean some changes. Some of these will not come as any surprise, especially as many of you have asked for them either through feedback or postings you have made.

What you can be sure of is that I’ll not be making changes for changes sake and I’ll do my best to keep you all involved through regular and clear communication. I’ll also be asking for your help and advice as we go along so it will be your chance to shape some of the things that we will be doing.

Keep in mind that I can’t do it all at once. There will be priorities and they will get dealt with first, once again I’ll keep you posted as to what these are as they become clear (some are pretty clear already!)

Finally you can be sure that I’ll be here and will be happy to answer your questions and hear your feedback. As you would expect, my working hours will be pretty fluid so if I am not around at the time you make contact you can be certain that I will get back to you. Being frank and transparent in my actions has been a guiding principle throughout my career and it will be no different here, so you may not always like what I have to say but you will always know why I am saying it.

So keep in touch by emailing me at [email protected].

In the meantime I very much look forward to making Trade2Win a great place to be and to developing the site for your benefit.














Thanks for the good wishes Peter, and the jungle warning!

DT, I am just putting together my 'introduction' post and i'll get this on sometime this afternoon.

Steve
 

Sharky

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Cheers wackypete2, DionysusToast and Lord Flasheart.

We've spent a fair amount of time preparing for this handover and over that period I've come to admire Steve's work ethic and his ability to get the job done. It's a big relief to know the site's in good hands.

I'd encourage all members to take up Steve's offer of getting in touch. If you really want to see change for the good then now's your chance to make it happen.

Good luck Steve!
 

scose-no-doubt

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Hi Steve, and welcome.

Now down to business. What everyone wants to know is what is your policy on lulz and further to this, do you think Teh Scose is trolling?

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The Leopard

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I had stopped posting and has resolved not to begin again, but since you've invited questions this looks like an opportunity to have some interesting discussions.

First, hello Steve, and welcome to your new role. As perhaps you will agree, there are a number of challenges that face you and I'm sure you are keen to get started. Possibly the greatest of these are the thorny vendor matter and the alleged decline in content standards.

A quick question first if you don't mind:

Sharky spoke of your extensive trading experience, but doubtless due to a perfectly understandable oversight left out the question of your success or otherwise. Can you tell us whether you are profitable or not, and if so is trading your primary source of income? Or to put it another way, are you a professional trader? I should say this is asked not merely from idle curiosity, and I do hope that you understand why members would be interested in this information.

I would also like to sound you out on an area that has recently caused some controversy, perhaps drawing upon your experience as a magistrate, and see if you have formulated an approach in your new role as T2W boss should the situation arise again.

There have been allegations that certain vendors have made false claims in their marketing in order to convince potential customers of their expertise and prowess, thereby making it more likely that those customers will be converted from potential to actual by forking over sheets in return for the said vendors' products and services.

Put simply, it has been alleged that untruths have been told in order to get people to part with their money.

In your view, as a magistrate, is this (or is this likely to be) fraud? I would be interested in your views both legal and ethical.

To give an example, let us say I am a vendor. I claim to make my living from trading (in order to convince potential customers that I can do what I teach), but in fact this is not true and I make my living not from trading - because I can't - but rather from taking money off people in return for teaching them alleged trading skills. I have told them a lie in order to get them to part with their money, and of course it is a lie of great import. If I said to potential customers "I cannot trade - pay me to teach you how to trade" I would receive very few enquiries, I think.

So am I in this instance committing fraud in your opinion? Is what I am doing wrong according to your personal ethical standards?

I wish to conclude by apologising for the length of my post (like Pascal, had I the time I would have made it shorter) and welcoming you once again to your new role.

I look forward with interest to your reply, because of course it potentially gives rise to a number of interesting questions, as I'm sure you'll agree.
 
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The Leopard

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Hi Steve, and welcome.

Now down to business. What everyone wants to know is what is your policy on lulz and further to this, do you think Teh Scose is trolling?

:love:

I pity the fool that insult Teh Scose by sayin he a troll when I'm around.

 
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Lightning McQueen

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I had stopped posting and has resolved not to begin again, but since you've invited questions this looks like an opportunity to have some interesting discussions which might make me rethink my decision (which did sadden me somewhat).

First, hello Steve, and welcome to your new role. As perhaps you will agree, there are a number of challenges that face you and I'm sure you are keen to get started. Possibly the greatest of these are the thorny vendor matter and the alleged decline in content standards.

A quick question first if you don't mind:

Sharky spoke of your extensive trading experience, but doubtless due to a perfectly understandable oversight left out the question of your success or otherwise. Can you tell us whether you are profitable or not, and if so is trading your primary source of income? Or to put it another way, are you a professional trader? I should say this is asked not merely from idle curiosity, and I do hope that you understand why members would be interested in this information.

I would also like to sound you out on an area that has recently caused some controversy, perhaps drawing upon your experience as a magistrate, and see if you have formulated an approach in your new role as T2W boss should the situation arise again.

There have been allegations that certain vendors have made false claims in their marketing in order to convince potential customers of their expertise and prowess, thereby making it more likely that those customers will be converted from potential to actual by forking over sheets in return for the said vendors' products and services.

Put simply, it has been alleged that untruths have been told in order to get people to part with their money.

In your view, as a magistrate, is this (or is this likely to be) to be fraud? I would be interested in your views both legal and moral.

To give an example, let us say I am a vendor. I claim to make my living from trading (in order to convince potential customers that I can do what I teach), but in fact this is not true and I make my living not from trading - because I can't - but rather from taking money off people in return for teaching them alleged trading skills. I have told them a lie in order to get them to part with their money, and of course it is a lie of great import. If I said to potential customers "I cannot trade - pay me to teach you how to trade" I would receive very few enquiries, I think.

So am I in this instance committing fraud in your opinion? Is what I am doing wrong according to your personal ethical standards?

I wish to conclude by apologising for the length of my post (like Pascal, had I the time I would have made it shorter) and welcoming you once again to your new role.

I look forward with interest to your reply, because of course it potentially gives rise to a number of interesting questions, as I'm sure you'll agree.

re re the "extensive trading experience" there's a thread here with a linked ft article from back in the day.

“I reckon I work about four hours a day, four days a week,” says Steve Anderton, who last year made £60,000 as a day trader using spread betting.

http://www.trade2win.com/boards/tra...aturdays-ft-article-about-steve-anderton.html
 
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The Leopard

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re re the "extensive trading experience" there's a thread here with a linked ft article from back in the day.



http://www.trade2win.com/boards/tra...aturdays-ft-article-about-steve-anderton.html

That's interesting LM.

I'm sure many members will enjoy reading that article.

"He supplements his trading income by giving day-long training sessions to would-be spread betters,"

Steve, do you still sell training? I'm sure the membership would be interested to know and of course, if you can show some proof of profitability then I'd imagine there's quite a few that would be interested in purchasing training.
 
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Steve

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Now's the time to give some more detailed background about my early days and in particular the FT article and training services.

Most of my working life has been spent in operational management (with spells in retailing, manufacturing and financial services) with a very strong bias toward training and development. I was always worried that spending too long in any training job would leave me unable to practice what I preached so my whole career so I tended to move backwards and forwards between the two every few years.

My last salaried job was as National Sales Manager for Winterthur Life. Back in the early 90's regulation was really starting to have an impact on insurance firms, dramatically increasing the costs of running a salesforce. In line with many other businesses at the time, our Swiss parent decided that the costs were to prohibitive so me and my entire team were made redundant.

Over the years I had often thought of running my own consulting practice but two growing boys and a large mortgage usually made me think twice. The redundancy gave me the kick and the modest pay off (I was only there six years) gave me a cushion of a few months so I bit the bullet and went on my own from 1st April 1993.

For the next seven years I worked flat out, I was rarely at home and travelled many thousands of miles a year and loved every minute of it. I built the business to be one of the three main players in my field at the time and I was very proud of what I had accomplished.

But, all good things come to an end and by the start of the new century I was looking for something else to do. I didn't want to give up my practice completely but wanted considerably reduce the number of miles and hotel rooms.

While I was giving a great deal of thought to what I could do, my wife heard an interview on the radio where a Building Society Clerk (as they used to call them) had learned how to trade the financial markets. Apparently it was really interesting and she made a few quid as well.

For some reason my wife thought it would suit me so I decided to find out more.

This is the moment it all started.

I have just realised this post is getting a bit long so i'll do a part 2 a bit later on - it's hard work re-living all these memories!
 
 
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