This week’s Trader Digest features a stunning investigative longread from Bloomberg, the trader who made over $11m by accident, and a new interview with rogue trader Nick Leeson...
Trader builds $5 billion position after realizing he wasn't using test program, but brokerage says he can't keep his profit
"Harouna Traore, a day trader in France, thought he was using a demonstration version of British brokerage firm Valbury Capital's platform." CNBC
Chinese Stocks Enter Bear Market as Trade, Growth Risks Increase
“Chinese stocks fell, with the benchmark gauge entering a bear market, amid growing concern about the country’s resilience to a trade war with the U.S." Bloomberg
Lessons from a Legendary Short Seller
"One of the best investing interviews ever is an obscure exchange between the late Robert W. Wilson and Brett D. Fromson of TheStreet. For the unfamiliar, Wilson managed a hedge fund — Wilson & Associates — that he launched in the late 1960s. During his career, his fund generated annualized returns of about 30%. His net worth peaked at $800 million, most of which he donated to charity." CFA Institute
Warren Buffett tells Bill Gates how he spent his 'nickel-a-week' allowance when he was 6
"Legendary investor Warren Buffett started making money at just six years old. The young entrepreneur sold sticks of gum in his neighborhood for a few cents per pack of five. He also got an allowance, he told longtime friend Bill Gates as they visited a candy store in Omaha during this year's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting" CNBC
The tragedy of the ex-UBS trader now running a burger restaurant.
"What do you do when you're banned from working in finance by the regulator after a 15 year career as a trader? How about opening a chain of fancy burger restaurants in London?" eFinancialCareers
The Brexit Short: How Hedge Funds Used Private Polls to Make Millions
"Private polls—and a timely ‘concession’ from the face of Leave—allowed the funds to make millions off the pound’s collapse." Bloomberg
Why Robinhood Doesn't Care If It Makes Money on Cryptocurrency Trading
"Robinhood is giving old-fashioned stock brokers a run for their money by offering no-fee trading on everything from Apple stock to Bitcoin—but that doesn’t mean the startup itself necessarily makes money."
What to Watch
NYU Stern professor on what many people get wrong about sustainability
"It's not just about the environment and it actually leads to better financial performance." Business Insider
For the Headphones
107: Breaking the Bank with ‘Rogue Trader’ Nick Leeson
"Tom interviews Nick Leeson, the infamous trader that broke Barings Bank by losing over £800 million, over twice the available trading capital of the bank." Two Blokes Trading