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2015

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    Virtual Reality 2015, 2nd Round, 1st Place
    Virtual Reality 2015, 2nd Round, 1st Place

    Virtual Reality 2015, 2nd Round, 1st Place

    Denis Podshivalov is the winner of Alpari's second round of its Virtual Reality contest and for doing so he earnt 30,000 RUR by trading on a demo account. Denis kindly agreed to give us a short interview.

    1. Tell us a little about how you started trading Forex.

      I'm 24. I work as a furniture production engineer. In my free time I study the Forex market and I found out about Forex off a friend in 2013. I became really interested, studied a lot and traded on demo accounts. My first 100 USD deposit went practically overnight. I really worked on my mistakes and still do to this day.

    2. Did you register for the contest with the intention of winning? Did you have any doubts about whether it is really possible to earn real money trading on a demo account?

      I registered for the contest to test my strength and moreover, it's possible to earn real money trading on a demo account. I didn't count on finishing first but when I got into the top 10, I started to think that I am now forced to put all of my efforts into winning the contest. And why couldn't I?

    3. Tell us a little about your strategy.

      I didn't have a strategy. Just short term analysis of the market at the start of the week before trading opened, a glance at the news for the incoming week and, of course, technical analysis looking at resistance and support levels.

    4. Did the contest distract you in any way from your usual trading?

      I didn't trade on my live account whilst I was trading in the contest. I put all of my efforts into the contest.

    5. What do you think: does talking with other traders help? If so, how?

      I don't really talk to traders that much, but in the future I would like to. I think that it would be useful to exchange experiences and information with other market participants.

    6. What do you plan to do with your prize money?

      I plan to keep on trading, putting the money on my live account and trying to increase my capital.

    7. Could you let us know the best financial advice you've ever heard?

      I don't listen to others advice: I think for myself. As I see it, there's no such thing as a financial guru and anyone can get to where they want to be if they really want it.

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    Formula FX 2015, 137th Round, 1st Place
    Formula FX 2015, 137th Round, 1st Place

    Formula FX 2015, 137th Round, 1st Place

    The results of the 137th round of our Formula FX contest are in. With a 1,387.6% return the winner was Abdul Alim from Bangladesh. It's worth noting that Abdul was also the winner of the 135th round of this contest and back then he won with a 969% return.

    We asked him a few questions about how he achieves such high returns in an interview.

    1. Could you tell us, how long did it take you after encountering the forex market to make your first profit?

      I made my first profit 25 days after learning about forex.

    2. Do you manage to have a good balance between trading forex and other daily work? Or is trading your full time job?

      Forex isn't my only job, I work in television. I've found a balance between work and trading and so far it works well.

    3. If you are willing, could you tell us about the trading strategy that you use?

      I prefer an aggressive trading strategy. I use candlesticks and psychological analyses in my trading and also follow fundamental analyses of the news.

    4. Do you rely on intuition when trading or do you prefer to make deals even when you aren't 100% sure of them? Could you tell us about an experience you've had where you've been certain/uncertain about a deal.

      I've been a trader for 4 years now and so I open a position based on that experience. From the beginning I have been observing the market and when I see a good signal I make a trade.

    5. Does trading in contests distract you take your attention away from normal trading on the forex market?

      Participating in the contests doesn't interfere with my trading. On the contrary, by winning I become more confident. The Formula FX contest is an excellent opportunity to earn a lot of money in a short period of time.

    6. Have you ever used the Alpari Bonus program before? Could you tell us a little about your experience with the program? Did you receive any reimbursements?

      Yeah, I heard about your bonus program but unfortunately haven't taken advantage of it yet.

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    Virtual Reality 2015, 1st Round, 1st Place
    Virtual Reality 2015, 1st Round, 1st Place

    Virtual Reality 2015, 1st Round, 1st Place

    The first round of this year’s Virtual Reality contest was won by Valery Tukmakov. He achieved a 687% return and for this he received 30,000 RUR on his trading account. He gave us an interview and an insight as to how he managed to make such high returns:
    1. Valery, a 687% return, that’s impressive! How did you manage it, trading with only 1:10 leverage?

      I’ve taken part in the Virtual Reality contest a few times, but this is the first time I’ve had such a high return. I think that it’s realistic to achieve 100% to 300% return, but, of course, not in every contest.

    2. Do you consider your win as lucky or do you think it’s possible to make money on forex without investing any money?

      I just ended up using the right pair, USDCHF, at the right time. When it shifted I made 300% and another 300% on the pullback.

    3. Do you plan to take part in the next rounds?

      To up my experience a little more I’ll take part in the next round.

    4. Do you consider trader contests as an opportunity to make money or as a means to test a trading strategy?

      There’s a lot of controversy about what Forex is: a game or a job. For me, trading on a real account is a job and contests are opportunities to make money without having to risk any; honing one’s skills. It’s also a kind of game: just as people play cards, chess and dice. There is, however, one thing: it’s not worth relying on trading robots all the time, you need to incorporate different strategies into your work.

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2014

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    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 4 - 1st Place
    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 4 - 1st Place

    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 4 - 1st Place

    The winner of the fourth round of our Virtual Reality competition with a return rate of 305% is Christo Dimitrov from Bulgaria. The competition takes place on our demo accounts, but the traders who achieve the most profit and least drawdown receive real cash prizes on their trading account. The winner of our last round of 2014 was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
    1. Christo, where did you learn to trade?

      I taught myself and have been trading since 2009.

    2. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of trading Forex?

      I would advise them to start by reading "100% Forex". It's a very useful book and in general nowadays there are a lot of other books written on the subject.

    3. Were you intending to compete and win in the competition or were you just testing your trading strategy on the demo account?

      In this round I was focused solely on winning. I aimed to be top of the aggregated rating and receive the PAMM Account with 10,000 USD balance for a year prize.

    4. What do you think was a key factor in your victory?

      The decline in the Japanese Yen against the US Dollar really helped. I had no doubt that my forecast regarding this would come true.

    5. Which currency pair do you most prefer to trade with and why?

      Probably the USDJPY. Its rate doesn't suffer sharp movements and so it's possible to forecast its trend for the next 5-10 days quite accurately.

    6. Do you think that trading Forex can be a full time job and, if so, would you take it on in such a capacity?

      I work in wastewater treatment and don't plan on trading full time. Although, I can't see why it couldn't be a full time activity.

    7. You were trading on a demo account; did the lack of risk have an influence on you during the competition?

      The risks are low of course, but your emotions run high when you're competing for first place.

    8. What helps you focus solely on the trade? Share some solid advice for our future competitors!

      I think that my will to win really helped. Competing with other traders only fuelled this determination and my passion. I'd advise future competitors to trade with just one currency pair and try to avoid getting too emotional when they're making decisions.

    9. What are your plans for 2015?

      Successful trading and winning the next competitions of course!

    10. So, how can you earn real money trading Forex without any investment?

      Simple: just open a demo account in your myAlpari, register for the Virtual Reality competition and aim to be the best trader! 2015's first round has already started!

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    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 3 - 1st Place
    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 3 - 1st Place

    2014 - Virtual Reality - Round 3 - 1st Place

    The winner of round 3 of Virtual Reality was Rudy Durgalyan. Our new leader made a profit of 98% with only 4.5% drawdown. For his efforts, Rudy took the top prize of 2,500 USD on his trading account. The round's most successful trader told us about what helped him to win the Alpari contest.
    1. Hello Rudy! Congratulations on your victory! Can you tell us what made it possible for you to win the contest?

      First off, it was taking it seriously, supported by self-control and autosuggestion.

    2. If it's not a secret, can you tell us which strategy you used?

      The trading conditions and the competition were quite comfortable, so I can't say that the victory was fraught with any great difficulty. The strategy is simple, if you want to win – use your knowledge and experience, limit your experimentation, use only a few instruments, observe the balance between volatility and experience of trading this or that instrument.

    3. Does trading take up much time?

      Trading takes up my whole working day. In a difficult week it takes up practically my entire time. On average, I trade for between 8 – 11 hours per day.

    4. In what conditions do you usually trade?

      Usually I trade in a separate room where its quiet. I don't like it when there are people around.

    5. When did you first hear about the Forex market?

      I first heard about the Forex market right after I graduated in 2011. The first trades I made on a demo account were successful, and I made a profit, even though at that time I didn't really know what I was doing. The first deal on a live account was made a month after I first learned about Forex. It also went well and I made a nice profit, and the subsequent trade meant that I made about 100% in just a week or two. But afterwards I had a disappointment, which made me take a more serious approach to trading and to seriously deepen my knowledge, which ultimately led to creating my own strategy.

    6. In your opinion, do analytical reports from experts provide much help?

      As a rule, well known experts are rather careful with what they say, avoiding making clear conclusions, and providing general information without indicating specific positions and actions. I pay more attention to reflecting on actual economic facts. If large banks or hedge funds make concrete recommendations or reveal their strategy, then it is usually based on medium-term or long-term positions, with stops at 200 – 300 points, or without any stops, using hedging and so on. I think that in the CIS, there are still more smaller and medium sized traders, who need a different type of strategy. Analytical information can be used to develop a deeper knowledge and improve confidence.

    7. What's more important, taking part or winning?

      I don't this applies here; it's a banal phrase which is only partially valid. If we take part, then then we want to win something. Each defeat should be an incentive to work harder, to prevent the failure from happening again. Specifically in relation to the Forex market and similar contests, I always value competitors who don't use any kind of automated trading tools, robots or scripts, unless they have created it by themselves.

    8. What do you do when you are not trading?

      Self-education in various areas and fields.

    9. Are you planning to take part in any more contests?

      More than likely I'll take part in the contests on live accounts.

    10. Do you have any useful advice for fellow traders, which might be useful not only for the Forex market, but in real life too?

      At work, out and about, at home, in relationships, in any undertaking – know how to take a punch.

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    2014 - Formula FX - Round 123 - 1st Place
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    2014 - Formula FX - Round 123 - 1st Place

    We have a winner in round 123 of Formula FX, one of the most popular, and fastest, trading contests at Alpari. This round goes to Lilya Starik from Rostov-on-Don. Making 483% profit over the week, Lilya receives 400 USD to her trading account. We spoke to Lilya, congratulating her on her victory, and asked her about how to find success in trading.
    1. How did you manage to win? What strategy did you use?

      I have a simple strategy, in trading I rely on technical analysis in conjunction with a single indicator. I sometimes read analytics which help me to see the direction and mood of the market. But, at the end of the day, the decisions have to be made without any prompting. You must, as a trader once said to me, develop an intuition.

    2. Share your secret technique with us. What, in your opinion, lets somebody win a contest?

      On the whole, it's very simple, according to the rules - as you accumulate points, you also accumulate capital. If, while you are trading, you are thinking about profit it just doesn't work out. You'll continually fail as greed deprives us of common sense and you'll start thinking differently. So, I adhere to the opinion of the great traders who say that emotions disrupt us, chief amongst them greed. I coped with my emotions, and so I won. Probably, this is the secret.

    3. How did you learn about Forex? First deal, first profit, how quickly did it happen?

      I learned about Forex from my brother. Firstly, I found a broker and registered, then went on the platform and pressed a bunch of buttons and then gave up for a long time. This happened lots and lots of times. Educating myself always comes hard. A year passed and I decided to take a risk once more. I remember clearly my first day of trading on a real account: my profit was almost 100%, then, quite quickly, it all slipped away...in one day I went through every emotion possible.

    4. Is winning the only important thing about the contest, or is the competition interesting in itself – providing a chance to develop your trading?

      I started to take part in the contests out of curiosity; I wanted to see how I compared with the other competitors. I found it exciting. I came in 20th, 15th, and then 13th and so on. This is a competition against yourself, against how you were versus how you are now. I don't consider the other contestants as competitors. In this sense, winning, is a consequence.

    5. How do you spend your free time when you are not trading? When do you usually trade?

      My day job is in building – I do the finishing work. Every day I get on the trestle, take my phone with me and load up the fascinating world of exchange rates. I work with my hands but have one eye on the phone – on the charts. Of course there are inconveniences: sometimes I forget, sometimes there's no time, or I hide my phone from the bosses, but these are trifles. I love and hate my work, dream of finishing this "career" and Forex, to a degree, is my hope.

    6. What helps to pick you up after an unsuccessful trade?

      Unsuccessful trades paralyze your will to win for some time, but the desire for a different life, a better more interesting and promising and in my case, literally, cleaner one compels one to act... deep breath, breath in, breath out...and go! I manage to hang wallpaper and trade, paint ceilings and trade. On the way to and from work, during lunch and dinner, doing the housework, I could go on, I trade. Forex is the perfect occupation for housewives, young mothers on maternity leave and so on.

    7. What advice can you give to other women, in order to make money on Forex? How interesting is the market in general, taking into account the daily concerns that women have?

      Dear Ladies! With trading, we don't spoil our manicured nails or hairstyle and we can always make money in our downtime. Or, on the contrary, in no make-up, while frying hamburgers or doing the housework we can earn a fur coat. You just have to start...

    8. Maybe a book, some advice, an observation, any useful recommendation you can make which is useful not only for Forex but also in life?

      In conclusion, there is a saying "Carry on, and no regrets!" I think it's not a bad slogan for traders, by losing heart we only deprive ourselves of opportunities.

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2013

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    2013 - Jackpot - 1st Place
    2013 - Jackpot - 1st Place

    2013 - Jackpot - 1st Place

    The 2013 winner of Jackpot, Alpari's most long-standing and most arduous competition was Oleg Stremnovsky. To earn his prize of 50,000 USD Manager's Capital onto a PAMM Account, over the course of one year he had to show the maximum profit with the minimum drawdown, and take his place amongst the prize places for a minimum of 3 out of the 4 rounds. How did Oleg achieve this? Here, our winner shares the secrets to his success.

    1. Oleg, you won a stunning victory in our biggest competition. How do you feel?

      The competition lasted for a year, and it was very tight. It was a real test and I'm happy to come out as the winner.

    2. What qualities do you need to be a successful trader?

      Well, not taking into account that Jackpot comes very close to reality, taking part in a contest has some differences from real trading. Probably, one of the most fundamental skills of trading is keeping a cool head.

    3. Have you been trading for long?

      About 8 years. Like many, I started trading with a demo account in a contest, and after having some success I moved on to trading for real.

    4. Do you remember you first success in trading Forex?

      The first time I made any money was while trading a demo account in a competition. True, it was in a contest held by a different broker but the impact on me was huge.

    5. A rather general question, is it a requirement to go on a course? Did you study somewhere, or did you master Forex by yourself?

      Education is always useful. I more or less picked up trading by myself. It's entirely possible to make progress based on your own trading. Not all the trading strategies you learn can be put into practice, but in any case, there is no such thing as too much knowledge.

    6. What do you say about an economic education? To what extent is it necessary for trading?

      I have a higher technical education. I think that an economic education isn't necessary, but if you already have one it is only a plus.

    7. What is your job? Do you have any hobbies?

      I work at the Institute of bioorganic chemistry. Science and Forex take up most of my time.

    8. Do you plan on taking part in our next contest?

      Of course!

    9. And finally, a question that our audience is extremely interested in, how do you plan on spending your winnings?

      Well, firstly I want to say that it isn't yet money, only the possibility to trade for it, so I am going to trade.

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    Maksim Zhuk (2013 - Formula FX - Round 93 - 1st Place)
    Maksim Zhuk (2013 - Formula FX - Round 93 - 1st Place)

    Maksim Zhuk (2013 - Formula FX - Round 93 - 1st Place)

    Contestants in Formula FX continue to raise the bar in pursuit of the 1,600 USD in prizes. Round 93 of the contest turned out to be particularly exciting and unpredictable. It was Maksim Zhuk that recorded the highest percentage of profit on his trading account during the round. Maksim ended the week with a 15,615% return on his account. A rather confident fellow, Maksim told us that this victory was to be expected. In the interview, he also told us why he doesn't fear the competition, what he would do with a million dollars and where you can go to learn more about his trading strategy.
    1. You managed to put together an extremely impressive performance in Round 93 of Formula FX: 15,615% profit! How did you manage to achieve that kind of result?

      I'm going to have to agree with you – that was a pretty decent performance. It felt really rewarding after all of the work I put in.Technically, I actually earned 15,981% on the trading account I was competing with, but seeing as the Formula FX ranking system doesn't count fund withdrawals, all you see is 15,615% – still quite impressive. So, how did I manage to achieve these results? To be honest, 15,981% wasn't the first or the only time I've had a return like this. I could share how I managed to reach that number, but, unfortunately, that would be quite difficult to do in this format. As it happens, I'm planning to visit the office of Alpari's official partner in Kiev on July 27, 2013, for one of their "club days". If people are interested, they'll be able to hear the answer there.

    2. Which of your personal qualities helped you achieve victory?

      My persistence and perseverance.

    3. Tell us, have you been trading for long? Do you enjoy trading? What was it like getting started trading the financial markets?

      I've been trading Forex since 2008. I don't really enjoy trading; it's my job and my primary source of income.

    4. What's your favorite trading instrument?

      I don't really have a favorite trading instrument. I'll trade any currency pairs. When I'm choosing a trading instrument to work with, I look at the potential profit as well as the volatility in the market and the level of risk involved.

    5. Tell us about your educational background. Did you study something related to finance?

      I studied economics and have a degree in "Accounting and Audit".

    6. What else do you enjoy besides Forex trading?

      Spending time with my precious daughter Margarita, who is now five months old.

    7. Do you remember the first time you earned a profit?

      I would say no. At this point in my life, I'm far more interested in earning a steady profit than in thinking back on my early successes in trading.

    8. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?

      I wouldn't spend it! If you have a million dollars in your bank account, there's no reason you need to go out and just spend it!

    9. Describe your experience in the contest.

      It was interesting and exciting, but unfortunately there weren't really any worthy competitors this time. If there had been, the competition would have been a lot more enjoyable for me.

    10. Are you going to sign up for our contests again?

      Probably not. I want to give other contestants a chance to win.If someone comes in and beats my record in this contest, then I might need to come back and compete again to show them who the top dog is.

    11. What advice can you give to Formula FX contestants looking to match your performance?

      Always keep learning, don't make mistakes, stay in tune with the situation on the markets and take responsibility for your decisions.Thanks for reading.

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    Oleg Leybel (2013 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)
    Oleg Leybel (2013 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    Oleg Leybel (2013 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    Virtual Reality is the only contest at Alpari where traders have the chance to turn virtual money into real cash prizes. Each round we give out a total of 5,940 USD, including 2,500 USD to the winner. We spoke with Oleg Leybel of Kiryat Shmona (Israel), the winner of the first round of Virtual Reality in 2013, and asked him about his experience in our contests, his history as a trader and what he does when he's not trading.

    1. In your opinion, which of your personal qualities helped you win the contest?

      First and foremost: my persistence.

    2. How long have you been trading?

      8 years already. But there have been some breaks.

    3. It looks like you've competed in some of our trading contests before. What kind of luck did you have?

      I competed in Virtual Reality a few times before this, but I never won anything.

    4. Which contest of ours appeals most to you?

      Up until now, I was rather skeptical about the contests, but with Virtual Reality I really like that the winner is chosen based on three different factors and that you can make money with no risk whatsoever.

    5. What are some of your goals for 2013? Are you planning to enter our contest again?

      Yeah, I'm going to continue competing in the contest. I'd really like to win the grand prize for the year.

    6. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?

      That's the toughest question you've asked so far! (Laughs) Well, I'd put part of it into investments and another part of it in some sort of fund. Then I would take great pleasure in spending the rest of it on my family.

    7. What's your favorite market to trade?

      I can't really say that I have a favorite market per se, but I trade the eurodollar more than anything else.

    8. What's more important in trading: your intuition or your understanding of trading methodology?

      Knowledge is important, as is discipline. Intuition can lead you astray, but if you employ proper risk management techniques, it can really help you.

    9. What are you involved in besides trading?

      I love traveling and photography. I'm also a professional ballroom dancer.

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2012

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    2012 - Jackpot - 1st Place
    2012 - Jackpot - 1st Place

    2012 - Jackpot - 1st Place

    Meet Elena Kravchenko, the winner of Jackpot in 2012. For the win, she received a PAMM Account from Alpari preloaded with 50,000 USD. Elena was fairly consistent in her trading throughout the contest, staying in the top 25 for most of the first and third rounds before finally pulling ahead of the field in the end.

    Here, our winner talks about her experience in the contest and tells us a little bit about her trading.

    1. How did you get started in online trading?

      The first place I heard about online trading was, perhaps not surprisingly, online. I was definitely interested, so I decided to give it a try and I opened a demo account.

    2. What do you like about trading?

      The thing that I really like about online trading is that the possibilities are really limitless. Everything depends entirely on the trader. Then, of course, there's the flexible schedule.

    3. Do you remember the first time you earned a profit?

      Sure, I remember. I didn't earn too much, but thanks to that small amount of profit I was able to get an idea of what the Forex market has to offer.

    4. What qualities, in your opinion, help a person become a good trader?

      You have to be motivated, disciplined, adaptable and diligent. Intuition is also important.

    5. And what, in your opinion, hurts one's trading?

      Carelessness, fear, greed (trying to earn back your lost money as quickly as possible), emotions and indecision.

    6. You are the winner of our most popular and longest trading contest. How does hearing that make you feel?

      I'm feeling an incredible rush of emotion. This was really great news for me, as the win should expand my horizons and open up new opportunities in Forex trading.

    7. What was your experience like with the contest? Are you going to compete in future contests?

      The contest was quite difficult for me, since it wasn't just profit I was after. There are a number of other criteria. Without a doubt, I'm going to compete in future contests. Being caught up in the heat of competition really forces you to act. And besides, it's an amazing chance to take your trading to a whole new level.

    8. What things do you enjoy apart from trading Forex?

      I enjoy dancing and I love singing.

    9. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?

      I would spend part of the money on my personal needs and part of it on my friends and relatives. The rest I would invest.

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    Julia Bervinova (2012 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)
    Julia Bervinova (2012 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    Julia Bervinova (2012 - Virtual Reality - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    In Virtual Reality, you have a shot at winning real cash prizes without putting any of your money on the line. Each round, contestants compete for a total of 5,940 USD. It was Julia Bervinova who walked away a winner in Round 1 of 2012. She sat down to share some of her trading secrets and tell us where she is planning on spending her prize money.
    1. How did you get into trading?

      Probably like most people, it was partly curiosity and partly an urge to test myself on the markets.

    2. How did you learn about Forex?

      My husband trades commodity futures. He gave me a couple of tips. I tried them out and fine-tuned them in Forex. That's how I got started.

    3. Have you competed in one of Alpari's trading contests before, or is this your first time?

      This is my first time.

    4. What made you choose Virtual Reality?

      In Virtual Reality, you don't need to invest any of your money at all. Why not take advantage of an opportunity like that?

    5. Did victory come easy to you. Was there some point when you doubted you would take first place?

      To be honest, I didn't expect to win. I just traded and stuck to my strategies.

    6. Did you feel the thrill of competition even though there was no financial risk?

      Psychologically, it was tough, especially when I found myself in first place towards the end of the contest. I was a bit worried.

    7. Did the absence of risks have an influence on your trading style in the contest?

      It was probably more the 1:10 leverage that made trading risk-free. I treat trading on demo accounts the same as trading on live accounts - I trade trying to keep things as real as possible.

    8. Do you have any favorite trading instruments?

      I like pairs with low spreads. I would like to say something here. The dollar is a currency just like the euro or yen. Many are wrong in claiming that currencies are traded against the dollar. That's misleading. All currencies should be treated the same.

    9. How much drawdown do you allow in your trading?

      My motto: drawdown = profit. The more drawdown, the more profit. Psychologically, I try to limit myself to 30-35% drawdown.

    10. You just competed in a contest with virtual money. Would you like to try managing investor funds at some point in the future?

      Of course. I used almost half of my prize money to open a PAMM Account.

    11. Do you plan on competing in any of our other contests in the near future?

      If I can, why not?

    12. If it's not a secret, what do you plan to do with your prize money?

      Part of it, like I mentioned, is going towards a PAMM Account. The rest of it will go to my family. They'll find something to do with it.

    13. What would you like to say to other contestants who are looking to take home the gold?

      Look for patterns in the market. Take advantage of them. Don't be afraid to close with a Stop Loss the first time you have some doubts. Even if you make a mistake, it won't be in vain. You won't lose too much and you'll just make more later. Oh, and try to stay cool and collected.

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2011

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    Sergey Lobov (2011 - Formula FX - Round 54 - 1st Place)
    Sergey Lobov (2011 - Formula FX - Round 54 - 1st Place)

    Sergey Lobov (2011 - Formula FX - Round 54 - 1st Place)

    Formula FX is one of the Alpari's most popular trading contests amongst the clients at Alpari. The high level of interest we see for this contest is not just due to the minimum deposit entry requirement, it's also due to the dynamic nature of the event. Because Formula FX only lasts for a single week, in the course of a year you can actually win it a few times! The winner of the 54th round, with an amazing return of 11,645% in one week, was Sergey Lobov. We congratulate him on his well-earned victory and wish him further success in his financial career.
    1. How did you come to take part in our contest, and what impressions do you have from it?

      I'll admit that it didn't take much to decide to take part, just the desire to compete and, of course, the money. My impressions of the contest are, I admit, mixed – beginning with the despondency of losing and ending with the excitement of profit.

    2. How did you manage to get such an incredible result – 11,645.15% in a week?

      This result was achieved with some aggressive trading (making about 35 trades per day) with a high level of risk to the capital. In any case, in order to win the contest I had to take risks, otherwise it's just pointless. And when I got to over 2,000% – it just went very smoothly.

    3. How thrilled were you to win the competition?

      I experienced a huge surge in energy and my confidence in my own abilities increased significantly.

    4. Have you taken part in any Alpari contests before? Can you tell us about your success in them?

      Yes, I took part in events just as I do now. But, unfortunately, a high risk strategy, as a rule, led me to make losses.

    5. When did your interest in internet trading begin?

      Everything began for me in 2010 with the stock markets, when all the shares were in the red. Only after that did I begin learning about how the Forex market worked, and also about Alpari.

    6. Do you remember when you made your first profit?

      Yes! I got my first profit after I opened an account with Alpari with 100 RUR, and made 1000 RUR in just one day. This really spurred me on.

    7. What helps you to work, how do you deal with bad luck?

      Personally, music helps me. Bad luck happens as a result of your mistakes. So after a fall, I just get straight back up again and carry on fighting. Firstly, I try to fix my faults. In all honesty, this is difficult to do.

    8. What personal qualities, in your opinion, help you to become a good trader?

      Most importantly, it's your psychology. Another important feature is your ability to handle stress. As a rule, any weaknesses in these areas will force you into making rash decisions.

    9. And what qualities do you think, on the contrary, hinder a trader?

      Greed and excessive ambition. That's what primarily destroys a deposit.

    10. Tell us what you do in life besides trading?

      Home, family, children, work, every single day!

    11. How do you distract yourself?

      I don't have the time to get involved in anything serious. Perhaps my biggest passion is my children, with whom I spend all my free time.

    12. Do you have any motto in life?

      Never give up.

    13. What are the goals you set for yourself? Are you going to take part in any more contests?

      I have lots of goals, and in relation to Alpari, I'm planning to pause my work for some time, change my strategy and open a PAMM Account. I'll enter as many contests as possible. They are stimulating, the more so as you know you can really win.

    14. What advice can you give to other contestants of Formula FX, who want to get the same results as you?

      Keep trying as hard as you can. If the desire is there, then the rest will follow.

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2010

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    Valeriy Postnykov (2010 - Jackpot - 1st Place)
    Valeriy Postnykov (2010 - Jackpot - 1st Place)

    Valeriy Postnykov (2010 - Jackpot - 1st Place)

    During 2010, Alpari launched a series of new contests for its clients and thousands of traders from across the world chose to take part. However, even with all of the new contests being added here at Alpari, "Jackpot" has remained the most popular. It's not hard to see why. Valeriy Ivanovic Postnikov recently walked away with a PAMM Account pre-loaded with 50,000 USD. Throughout the course of the four-round "Jackpot" contest, he managed to stay near the top of the leaderboard. Read our interview with Valeriy and learn some of the secrets to his success.
    1. Valeriy, first of all, we at Alpari would like to congratulate you on winning "Jackpot." You earned it! When did you first realize that victory was within your reach?

      First of all, I would like to thank Alpari for continuing to give traders the chance to compete in their exciting contests. Also, I would like to thank God. I don't think I really realized that I had a good chance to win until the fourth round. Even then I wasn't certain. The fourth round got really interesting, especially during the final days and hours when the competition got even tougher. I don't think I knew I would win until 4 hours before the contest was over.

    2. You registered for the contest during the beginning of 2010 and had a remarkable amount of success throughout the four rounds of the contest. Would you care to share some of your trading secrets?

      First, I told myself that my goal would be to take first place in the contest. I tried to make sure I got through each round with the maximum-possible ratings, although I didn't necessarily try to hold onto first place the whole time. Second, I think the format of the contest was well-suited to my style of trading. Finally, I think that taking place in a few of the other contests like the demo and the micro contests (Virtual Reality and Formula FX) helped prepare me psychologically. There were plenty of times during those contests where I was itching to make a trade, but lacked the confidence to pull the trigger. The confidence I gained from the other contests helped me make better decisions down the road.

    3. When did you start trading Forex? When did you realize that you were hooked?

      I started out on Forex in 2002. My business had just gone under and I was looking for a place to invest what little I had left. One day an advertisement caught my eye, offering returns of 400% per month. I didn't invest my money of course, but I did read on to see what this ad was all about. As it turns out, it was for Forex. I began to read up on the Forex market and soon realized that 400% monthly returns weren't very likely, but 5-10% gains weren't out of reach. That's when I realized I could make a living on Forex some day and I haven't turned back since.

    4. What helps you keep your head when you're trading and make it through some of the bad breaks? Give beginning traders some advice.

      My approach to trading is like this: If you can't manage to swim, at least you can focus on trying not to drown. When I trade, I make sure that the maximum risk for any single trade isn't more than 2% and my overall risk isn't more than 5%. I also make sure that my maximum losses for a month are not more than 10-12%. This allows me to shield myself from the drawdowns which are bound to happen over the course of 6 months (which themselves are quite rare).

    5. How does your family feel about you trading Forex?

      They look at it like any other profession or activity. If I am making a profit, they're okay with it. If I am not, they aren't so happy.

    6. What would you say are your "favorite" instruments to trade?

      My favorite instruments (although for a number of reasons I haven't traded them in a while) would have to be AUDJPY and oil futures, although after the contest, I think I will have to add two more to the list – EURUSD and EURJPY. I couldn't have won without them.

    7. Valeriy, when did you first start competing in Alpari's contests for traders?

      I started competing in Alpari's demo contests in 2007. I believe I started out on live accounts in 2009, although I'm not quite sure. I might be off by a year.

    8. Is your trading strategy in our contests any different than your normal trading strategy?

      My strategy for contests is completely different than my normal trading strategy. This is because you need to take into account several other factors in contests like risks and the volume and frequency of your trading. All of these factors can impact your contest ratings. The second main difference is the addition of competitors. When you are trading normally, you have one opponent: the market. In the contests, you need to adjust your trading style a bit to account for other traders. However, I always try to use the same technical approaches and principles.

    9. Do you plan to take part in our contests in 2011?

      Of course I'm going to take part! Most of the contests at Alpari are not simply a race to earn the highest percentage of profit. With their rather unique sets of rules, they offer me an intellectual challenge that it is hard to find elsewhere. I think I also heard from somewhere that the format for contests was going to change in 2011.

    10. Please give our traders a bit of advice before our contests in 2011 get under way.

      I'll first give them this classic piece of advice: Limit your losses and let your profits run. Set stops and open only positions that don't have the potential to wipe out your entire deposit. If your position is looking good, place a stop at the break-even point or where you will still make a profit. Regarding contests, I would advise contestants to read the rules carefully. Set yourself some goals and develop your strategy. Keep an eye on your opponents. You can learn a lot from their behavior. Finally I'd like to take this chance to wish all of Alpari's contestants good look in the year 2011!

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    Irina Yurevna Arkhipova (2010 - Formula FX - Round 22 - 1st Place)
    Irina Yurevna Arkhipova (2010 - Formula FX - Round 22 - 1st Place)

    Irina Yurevna Arkhipova (2010 - Formula FX - Round 22 - 1st Place)

    With 1,600 USD in cash prizes on the line, Irina Yurevna Arkhipova ran away with victory in Round 22 of the "Formula FX" contest with an astounding 10,494.3945 percentage of profit. Her winning figure was actually even down from a mid-round high of over 14,000%! Irina's calmness under fire and professionalism certainly played a big role in her success. What else can we learn? Read more about Irina Arkhipova's approach to trading in our latest installment of "Interviews with Champions."
    1. Tell us how long you have been trading and what your first experience with financial markets was?

      I have known about Forex for a long time. I saw an advertisement for a traders' contest, thought it looked interesting and that's how it all began.

    2. Tell us about your educational background, is it in any way connected to finance?

      Yes, it is. I graduated from university with a degree in banking, specializing in finance and credit.

    3. Have you ever had rough periods in your trading? How have you managed to deal with them?

      I have definitely been through rough periods as every trader has and will. When I was just starting, these periods were really hard on me but now I just try to calmly figure out what's not working.

    4. Do you have a well-developed and tested trading strategy? Does it help you in your trading?

      A strategy, yes, but not a whole trading system.

    5. Do you trade with MTS or manually?

      By hand and with pending orders.

    6. Do you use chart analysis, support and resistance lines, for example?

      Yes, I do use those things, I am by nature a "techie," but I also try to pay attention to the release of important news.

    7. You managed to achieve incredible results in "Formula FX": a final result of 10494.3945% profit which at one point during the contest went over 14,000%. How did you do it?

      I don't know, I just traded. I don't really think about my percentage of profit in a contest or what place I am in, it just worked out that way this week.

    8. Have you not had the desire to become a manager?

      No, I haven't. I don't like attention plus I really don't like letting down people who have trusted me-it really weighs on me psychologically.

    9. What advice can you give to "Formula FX" participants wishing to achieve your results?

      Don't think about your results just for the sake of winning the contest.

    10. Are you interested in trying your hand in other Alpari contests?

      Maybe, in "Gold Rush."

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    Sergey Ivanovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 20 - 1st Place)
    Sergey Ivanovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 20 - 1st Place)

    Sergey Ivanovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 20 - 1st Place)

    Sergey Ivanovich from Ukraine won the 20th round of the "Formula FX" contest. This round witnessed a doubling of the number of winning places and an increase of the prize fund to 2,000 USD. The competition was stiff but Sergey Ivanovich nevertheless prevailed with the highest percentage of profit-more than 925%- making him the well deserved winner. You can read the interview in which Sergey shares the secrets of successful trading.
    1. How long have you been trading on financial markets?

      About two years.

    2. Has your educational background helped you to become a successful trader?

      I think it can only help, especially a technical background.

    3. Do you have any preferences in your trading such as favorite instruments or certain currency pairs?

      EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDJPY. Why? I just understand them better, at least I think I do.

    4. How would you advise a trader who at a certain point in their development hits a rough patch?

      Stop trading for a month or two, three. Think things through, rest a bit, and calmly study what's going on while outside the market. I have often had very successful periods after this kind of break.

    5. Do you trade with МТS or "by hand?"

      The contest was by hand but generally I trade with MTS.

    6. Are you more inclined towards technical or fundamental analysis?

      I am a tech guy and not an economist by trade so technical analysis is closer and more understandable to me.

    7. Do you use chart analysis or support and resistance levels for example?

      I use them one way or another, not directly, but such analysis forms the basis for my trading strategy.

    8. You achieved a remarkable result in the "Percentage of Profit" index- more than 925%. Would you be willing to share with beginning traders the secrets to your success?

      Honestly, there's no real secret. You just have to find yourself in trading, which is the hardest part. Don't listen as much to the analysts, forecasters, experts, and instead work more on developing your own understanding of the market. On the basis of what? Probably only on the basis of experience.

    9. Was this your first time participating in the Formula FX contest? What are your impressions?

      No, not the first.- I was the winner of the 6th round of this contest and actually have participated in almost all the rounds. As for impressions, I would say that this contest suits me best.

    10. Would you like to try your hand in other Alpari contests?

      Definitely, I am trying out some other ones.

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    Maria (2010 - Formula FX - Round 15 - 1st Place)
    Maria (2010 - Formula FX - Round 15 - 1st Place)

    Maria (2010 - Formula FX - Round 15 - 1st Place)

    Maria is the winner of the fifteenth round of "Formula FX". Maria earned more than 1,660% profit in just a week, and received a well-deserved prize of 400 USD! You can find our interview with Maria below.
    1. Please tell us how you started working on the Forex market and developed your enthusiasm for trading.

      'm studying Economic Informatics in university. Last year, we had a class on the stock market where they also taught us the basics of the Forex market. As part of a practical assignment, we had to develop trading strategies. So, with the help of Alpari's trading terminals, I got acquainted with the Forex market. After successfully completing my course, I decided to continue trading independently.

    2. Maria, please tell us about your education.

      At the moment, I'm in my fourth year at Ural State Technical University, studying Economic Informatics. As you can see, my degree is related to finance.

    3. Have you had any long periods of bad luck when you told yourself, "That's it, I'm quitting."?

      Not yet. But I need to be ready for anything.

    4. What can you suggest to traders who are trying to master the market and have run into some hard luck?

      Persevere.

    5. Do you trade with the help of Expert Advisors or manually?

      I open orders independently and through pending orders.

    6. Can you tell us a bit about your trading strategy or strategies?

      I only trade GBPUSD, EURUSD, and EURJPY. My strategy is based on statistics: I set parameters, look for deviations and work off them.

    7. Do you use graphic analysis, such as support and resistance levels?

      Yes, I use resistance and support levels as well as Bollinger Bands, divisable by 100.

    8. What advice can you give novice traders?

      I don't have any advice yet, as I'm still a beginner too.

    9. Do you have something you'd like to wish our investors and managers?

      Success and prosperity on the world's financial markets.

    10. How would you evaluate Alpari's Traders' Contests?

      Alpari's contests, particularly the one that I won, are an extra motivational factor in getting to know the market. The reward for winning pushes you to fight to the end and search for different ways to increase your capital.

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    Nikolai Alexandrovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 1 - 1st Place)
    Nikolai Alexandrovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    Nikolai Alexandrovich (2010 - Formula FX - Round 1 - 1st Place)

    Nikolai Alexandrovich is the winner of the first round of "Formula FX" in 2010, but something more notable is that in one week, Nikolai Alexandrovich's percentage of profit was 2673.9464 %! He received 400 USD for this outstanding result and below, you can find the interview with this champion!
    1. Please tell us how you started working on the Forex market and developed your enthusiasm for trading.

      I first heard about Forex in 2005 when I read about it in a magazine which I've already forgot the name of. I tried it and liked it, though for three years my results were negative. It's the process itself and emotions that captivate me.

    2. Please tell us about your education. Does it have something to do with finance?

      I finished university by correspondence not too long ago, specializing in Economics and Management.

    3. Have you had any long periods of bad luck when you told yourself, "That's it, I'm quitting."?

      Yes, but I always told myself that hope and passion are stronger.

    4. What can you suggest to traders who are trying to master the market and have run into some hard luck?

      I would recommend lowering the size of the deposit and start several trading accounts.

    5. Do you trade with the help of Expert Advisors or manually?

      I trade manually and use orders, I don't trust robots.

    6. Can you tell us a bit about your trading strategy or strategies?

      My strategy is as follows: periodically withdraw profit. Ideally, you need to do it every week. I decided to start withdrawing because over a long period it becomes easier to lose profit and part of your deposit.

    7. Do you use graphic analysis, such as support and resistance levels?

      Of course I use graphic analysis, in order to triumph on the market, you need to notice channels within good time on the pound-dollar pair.

    8. What advice can you give novice traders?

      Prepare yourself for a difficult road ahead. If you want results, you should read technical analysis.

    9. Do you have something you'd like to wish our investors and managers?

      I wish investors luck in trying to learn the market themselves.

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2009

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    Dmitriy (2009 - Jackpot - 1st Place)
    Dmitriy (2009 - Jackpot - 1st Place)

    Dmitriy (2009 - Jackpot - 1st Place)

    In 2009, "Jackpot" was held in a different format, but this did not stop Dmitry from Ekaterinburg from winning the grand prize: a PAMM-account with 50,000 as Manager's Capital! He answered a few of our questions, which you can find below in our interview with the 2009 champion.
    1. Dmitry, please tell us how you started working on the Forex market and developed your enthusiasm for trading.

      Trading on financial markets has always been interesting to me, but above all, their seemingly inaccessible potential was what drew me in. My introduction to the market began in 2005 when I started trading on the Moscow Central Stock Exchange. I was attracted to Forex because of its liquidity and the ability to leave your trading methods unaltered when there is an increase in volume.

    2. Please tell us about your education. Does it have something to do with finance?

      I have a technical degree that is in no way related to finance.

    3. Have you had any long periods of bad luck when you told yourself, "That's it, I'm quitting."?

      There was a long unsuccessful period right from the get-go. But I never thought about quitting. Initially, it was because I wasn't committed to trading. Later, I made the commitment, understood what I had gotten myself into and never doubted my abilities again.

    4. What can you suggest to traders who are trying to master the market and have run into some hard luck?

      Lower your trading volume or don't trade at all. Take time to assess the situation.

    5. Do you trade with the help of Expert Advisors or manually?

      I trade manually.

    6. Dmitry, can you tell us a bit about your trading strategy or strategies?

      I trade throughout the course of a day, sometimes leaving a position open overnight. I use two strategies. One works for competitive trading with small modifications (explained with methods of index calculation): making short deals within the course of a day. In fact, I only use that one strategy on the contest account.

    7. Do you use graphic analysis, such as support and resistance levels?

      I only use a selection of indicators. And naturally, I read the news that comes out. I don't use the support and resistance levels as a basis for making a decision. I also don't use any analytics or prognoses.

    8. What advice can you give novice traders?

      Beginners should not rush to trade with real money (significant sums). Don't make emotional decisions and realize that you can find the reason for all your problems within yourself. Generally, common truths for success: discipline, planning, using a journal, statistics, and analysis.

    9. Do you have something you'd like to wish our investors and managers?

      Good luck.

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    Angelica Germanova (2009 - Jackpot - 2nd Place)
    Angelica Germanova (2009 - Jackpot - 2nd Place)

    Angelica Germanova (2009 - Jackpot - 2nd Place)

    Angelica Germanova from Tolyati placed second in the 2009 overall rating and in accordance with our rules, shouldn't have received a prize, but we decided to make an exception and award a successful female trader! Angelica Germanova will receive a PAMM-account with 15,000 USD as Manager's Capital! You can read her interview below.
    1. Please tell us how you started working on the Forex market and developed your enthusiasm for trading.

      That was a long time ago, in 2003. I happened upon an ad about a profitable job and started my career as a trader. After being introduced to the market, I was smart and opened a demo account. After making about a million dollars on that, I rushed to open a live account which was soon just dripping with success (laughs).

    2. Please tell us about your education. Does it have something to do with finance?

      No, I went to university but my degree has nothing to do with finance, math, economics or anything of that nature. I'm an educational psychologist by training.

    3. Have you had any long periods of bad luck when you told yourself, "That's it, I'm quitting."?

      I had some tough periods, but I won't give up trading, because he's nice (laughs). I'm stubborn by nature and I understood that there can be setbacks. At the start of my career, there were a lot of bad periods. The key is to learn from your losses and draw conclusions about what's off. I'm not a genius, so I learn from my mistakes (It'd be worth it to put a smiley face here, banging its head against the wall – A.G.).

    4. What can you suggest to traders who are trying to master the market and have run into some hard luck?

      In this situation, you need to analyse why this is happening and try to change your tactics. And my advice: don't leave the market for too long, even if it's sometimes hard to look at it after a loss.

    5. Do you trade with the help of Expert Advisors or manually?

      Only manually, I don't trust any systems, programs, or anything of that sort. There was a time at the beginning of my career when I wrote down any and all possible prognoses, analytics, etc., but nothing good happened until I started using my own brain. However, I don't regret that period, because I learned a lot.

    6. Angelica, can you tell us a bit about your trading strategy or strategies?

      If I'm honest, that's a secret (smiles). I'll only say that I build my strategy on patterns and trends.

    7. Do you use graphic analysis, such as support and resistance levels?

      As I said earlier, I use patterns. Support and resistance lines I do myself, since my experience has shown that mine are usually more correct. It's also important to really feel the market, its general mood, and not get in its way.

    8. What advice can you give novice traders?

      I'd recommend that beginners trade on a live account, better a small one, but a live one, since demo accounts don't give you the sensation of real gain and loss. And never ever put all your money on the account or, even worse, get into debt.

    9. Do you have something you'd like to wish our investors and managers?

      Big, fat profit (laughs). Always stay on the trend. I really admire people who are able to take the responsibility to manage others' funds, if I'm honest, I'm still not ready to do that (smiles).

    10. Tell us a bit about yourself: your hobbies, your family, and what you do in your day-to-day life.

      In this line of work, support of your friends and family is really important, since when you have bad luck, you're glad to have them there. Thanks to the blessing of mass enthusiasm, our work has a lot of time to play with (laughs). I bought a grand piano not too long ago, so I sit and tinkle the ivories. I love to sculpt with polymer clay and build model boats; long-term I dream of building a model railroad. I also like computer games, I prefer adventures and role-playing games from the third person. I love animals, I have a man's best friend at home, he's very smart and helps with relieving stress (laughs).

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    Alexander Ivanovich (2009 - Jackpot - 3rd Place)
    Alexander Ivanovich (2009 - Jackpot - 3rd Place)

    Alexander Ivanovich (2009 - Jackpot - 3rd Place)

    Alexander Ivanovich from Rostov-on-Don is also an exception from the regular rules, as he was in third place in the 2009 overall results. But we decided, as with second place, to surprise our client with an award: a PAMM-account with 5,000 USD as the Manager's Capital! Since the gap between the 2nd and 3rd placewinners was barely noticeable, we were very happy to interview the bronze medalist of the 2009 Traders' Contest!
    1. Please tell us how you started working on the Forex market and developed your enthusiasm for trading.

      I ended up on the Forex market quite accidentally. I had three years experience working with shares, short-term municipal bonds and analysing capital spending projects, I became part of a group of traders who traded currency along with working on the stock market, which sparked my interest in understanding the Forex market. About a year after discovering the currency market, I still absolutely could not understand how someone can trade on this market, where the movement seemed so chaotic and unpredictable. Nevertheless, I tried to find the key to entering the market successfully. I eventually found a correlation between the movement of the dollar-yen pair and long-term interest rates in the USA. Once I tested this theory against historical data, I opened an account and started trading.

    2. Please tell us about your education. Does it have something to do with finance?

      It needs to be said that my education facilitates trading. My education is, to some extent, two-sided. I first graduated from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, inheriting a love for experiments, problem-solving and systems thinking. I then became acquainted with the financial world when I got a second degree from the International University in Moscow.

    3. Have you had any long periods of bad luck when you told yourself, "That's it, I'm quitting."?

      Yes and no: there were periods of bad luck but I never told myself to quit trading. I once left trading for awhile and didn't know if I would return, since I wasn't sure I had a strong strategy and I definitely know that it's not worth it to trade without one. But I always continued to analyse the market and try out new trading methods and approaches.

    4. What can you suggest to traders who are trying to master the market and have run into some hard luck?

      In any case, a trader needs to be prepared psychologically for this situation and not think it's the end of the world. As a rule, it's not just a streak of bad luck, but a lack of trading strategies that have long-term perspective. A trader should temporarily stop trading in order to cool off and not risk more money. When possible, they should try to find things to take away from negative experiences, as they will be useful in further trading. It's probable that within a trader's arsenal, there are some strategies that work and some that don't. Until you come up with a trading strategy that has proved efficient, it's better not to enter the market.

    5. Do you trade with the help of Expert Advisors or manually?

      I trade without Expert Advisors.

    6. Alexander, can you tell us a bit about your trading strategy or strategies?

      My strategy is based on cross-market analysis and analysis of capital flow (stocks, bonds, merger transactions, etc.), positions, and the behavior of major market participants: hedge funds, exporters and importers, portfolio managers, option, macro and other players.

    7. Do you use graphic analysis, such as support and resistance levels?

      I only use the most primitive graphic analysis and consider that its strength is in the fact that it is primitive yet robust, and not easily influenced by changes in the market. But to be more exact, I use support and resistance levels along with long-term moving averages.

    8. What advice can you give novice traders?

      I can only recommend to not enter the market without a strategy, be prepared for bad luck, and never risk all your capital in one or two transactions.

    9. Do you have something you'd like to wish our investors and managers?

      Happiness, health, a positive attitude, understanding, and professional success.

    10. About Me:

      I love nature and solitude. Since I lived in cities my whole life, I recently decided to become closer to the earth. I said goodbye to the office three years ago and now work at home through the internet. A year ago, I moved away from the city and now my "neighbours" are a forest and a river. Among my new "acquaintances" are pitchforks and rakes. I never imagined how much satisfaction you could get from farming. Last spring was the first time in my life I planted vegetables. Since I had no clue how to do it, I used a certain "technology". The day before, I looked up how to plant on the internet, the next day I bought seeds and seedlings and I was ready! I then looked up when and how to irrigate, harvest, etc. and returned to the vegetable patch. I can also put my trading tricks to use in gardening: "outplaying" the market. This season I am set on having record yields without using any chemicals. I have a passion for preserving the earth's fertility and helping in its rehabilitation.

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