Matt Choi is a professional trader. He also serves as the chief strategist for Certus Trading Reviews. He has more then 17 years’ trading experience and is also the co-author, The Winning Way. The book describes the mindset needed for trading success.

Matt Choi is a Chartered Market Technician. He has traded currencies, futures, options, commodity, exchange-traded money, and stocks. Matt was a former car dealer in distress and sold it to make a living in the markets. He is a McMaster University Hamilton MBA graduate.

Matt’s years of experience and knowledge were accumulated through trading his own money. However, not all trades ended in great success. Because he has experienced the self-taught trading approach, he is well-versed in the common mistakes and has developed profitable strategies.

Matt Choi enjoyed trading and felt a sense of freedom. He wanted other traders to have the same experience. Certus Trading is a trading school that offers practical advice and consistently winning results. The programs are designed to teach strategies that work across multiple asset types. Certus Trading is designed for traders to create a plan that will not only suit their trading personality, but also ensure consistent profits.

Q: What inspired you to enter trading? What challenges were you faced and how did your overcome them?

Matt ChoiMy grandfather was an investor and stockbroker back in Hong Kong. At the age of 10, I was in Grade 4 and finished school almost every day at noon. My parents worked hard, so my grandfather cared for me in the evenings. He needed to be at the Hong Kong Stock exchange two times per week to settle transactions. My grandfather allowed me to join him. Because there was no internet then, he had the to make the trip to exchange.

My grandfather taught my about the markets and his investing approach during the 45 minute bus ride one-way. His research was extensive and he amassed millions of high-dividend communications stocks and bank stocks over the years. These stocks turned into multi-billion dollar businesses, and in turn their stocks multiplied 100x with multiple splits. My grandfather worked hard to build his fortune, and his influence as a youngster was what got my interest in the markets.

When I began trading, the markets had changed drastically and my grandfather’s old buy-andhold strategy no longer worked. Finding a method of trading that is both consistent profitable and long-term viable was my greatest challenge. Trading was something I invested a lot time and effort in. I remember working in a corporate position and studying the markets at night. I even tried night trading Hong Kong stocks or day trading. I got pretty good at day trading, though I was constantly staring at the screen and felt exhausted.

I decided to try swing trading. It was not easy. There was so much noise that it was hard to focus. I remember being constantly bombarded every day with news, rumors. earnings reports. politics. economic policies. It was like a deer in headlights.

Around that time, I met George Fontanills my late mentor. He was my mentor for many years. He taught everything I knew about trading, gave us a number of strategies that we still use today, but most importantly, he trained my mind to be a trader. He taught me technical patterns as well as how to be a contrarian. George helped me become a super-focused trader and took me from zero down to hero over the next two years. Without George, I wouldn’t have the trading success today.

Q: You ran a successful car dealership, now you run a successful trading education company. What is the secret of your success?

Matt Choi To master your trade, you need to be able to dive in the deep end. Let’s get started with the car dealer. The car business was very straightforward. I have always been a process-oriented guy. There are specific processes to follow, regardless of whether it is sales, marketing, or customer service. It was a chaotic place when I first assumed control of the dealership. I was overwhelmed by the dealership’s problems when I first took over. I wanted to learn as much as possible about each department so that my employees can succeed. I didn’t tell the customers I was the owner of the business for six months. I wanted my team to see that they could follow the process and it would work. I gained their respect during those 6 months, and everything went up from there. I immersed myself into all other departments and helped them work together. Because my employees work together in mutual understanding, respect and cooperation, I eventually became very hands-off. This allowed me to concentrate on my trading.

Trading also requires the same deep-dive approach. When I started trading, I over-complicated things. Over 20 indicators were on my charts. I had a gazillion filters. 6 monitors were on my desk. Two super-fast gaming computers and 100 strategies. It was way too complicated and confusing. Now I only use a few indicators. I base trading decisions on repeating patterns that can be automatized. I trade with one computer. I used to trade with my laptop strapped to my desk. Today, I trade whenever I want and wherever I want.

I was also very hard working. It is not necessary to work 18 hours a days, but I believe in strong work ethics. You have to get into the details and be a specialist in your field. Most traders trade without any focus. George said to me that I shouldn’t be a master trader, pun intended. I learned how to trade Crude Oil. I know all there is to know regarding crude oil. After trading crude oil successfully, I applied the same principles, work ethics, and processes to trade other commodities and stock options. Then, I traded currencies.

You need to establish a strong foundation and increase your knowledge. I’ve met and worked with a lot of traders over the years, and those who have the shiny-object-syndrome never succeed. Only those who have mastered all nuances of the market are able to do extremely well. They take 100% responsibility and are accountable for their actions.

Q. What is the reason so many entrepreneurs, like yourself, are attracted by the idea of trading financial products such equities futures options and forex?

Matt ChoiIt is usually an amalgamation of a few elements that attract people to trading.

The potential to make lots is the most important. Trades in the markets are worth trillions of dollar every day. Even just a small piece of this pie could set you up for life. Leverage in the markets can be a double-edged knife. But if used carefully and with proper risk management, it can really propel a trader to success.

The lifestyle. What other business offers the opportunity to make a lot of money while you work? What other business allows you to control how much time and work hours you want each day? What other business gives you the freedom to work from anywhere around the globe? I love to travel with my family and enjoy seeing the world. I want my boy to grow up as an open-minded global citizen who can accept and appreciate other cultures and beliefs. I love spending time with my extended family in other countries. What other business would allow me to do that?

The challenges that trading the markets presents are what draw me to the game. Every day, I compete with millions of traders. Some are quite intelligent. I am open to the possibility that I might not be right every time. However, I enjoy playing against the best.

Q: You could continue your winning streak in markets but you chose to start a trading school instead. What was your motivation?

Matt Choi My friends were interested to learn more about my trading. They saw how happy they were, how much more time they could spend with their families, how much we were able travel together, and wanted to live that lifestyle. They were all tire-kickers and didn’t have any discipline to trade. However, the few who did have it in them, I started helping them casually. Within a few month they began to make some money. I felt good helping them, so why not help other people?

I decided to charge money for my trading programs. It helps me to filter out people who are not serious about my success. This is an additional income stream for an entrepreneur. It’s a way to help others succeed, and also make money. Additionally, a portion goes to charity. Certus Trading can help me trade when I feel less inclined. Fast forward to today and I love receiving emails from students sharing their successes with my. It is the best feeling to see my students succeed.

Q: There are many courses available to help traders make a living. How can Certus Trading stand out from other courses?

Matt ChoiI have already mentioned that I am very process-oriented and a trader. Therefore, you can expect a methodical approach from my courses. I love to show my students the steps so they are able to follow. They can then follow along as they progress in trading and I will explain all the nuances so that they are more consistent.

I’m a swing trader and I try to teach my students how it works. I trade for anywhere from a few hours to a few months. I use software tools that scan for trades automatically, so I don’t have the need to trade all day. Once I start trading, I use software tools to set stop losses and practice proper risk management. My mentorship is not for day trading. My trading style is suited to you if you prefer to trade less, but you still take the swings.

I believe that every successful trader stands out because of their unique characteristics. A mentor should be someone you are comfortable talking to. You will need to find someone who trades with you in a similar time frame and speed, in markets that interest you, and who shares your outlook on life. If all of these criteria meet, it is likely that you will find the right match.

Q: Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur and a role model to younger traders?

Matt Choi: Absolutely. I really enjoy talking to younger traders. Nowadays, children are exposed more information than ever before. Recently, I was invited back to my highschool to give a talk for a Grade 12 class. In just over an hour, they learned the fundamentals and patterns of chart analysis and the methods to find good setups. I was amazed at how quickly they grasped this concept. I actually heard one student explain to me how he shorted overvalued cannabis stocks, and another is building a strong portfolio of dividend stocks because he prefers passive revenue. I was very impressed. I began to wonder what I was doing in grade 12 when I was so young. I love to give back by sharing my knowledge with younger traders.

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