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Becoming a Hedge Fund Titan

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Hi Michael, so I’ve read the book Linchpin and indeed is full of great advice. It reminds me of the book The Leader Who Had No Title, by Robin Sharma, and I totally agree with the philosophy that everyone should do their absolute best and create “art”. Now I understand better your business model of giving so many gifts to the community like your podcast (which I started listening), your PDFs, videos and all that; I wanted to thank you for offering so many valuable information to the world. Now, Linchpin focuses mostly on how an employee should act and think, indeed the ideas can be applied to entrepreneurship as well but the thing is that I want to excel in the financial markets and there’s not much art you can do there. Here’s the thing, I have a vision in mind to make Master of the Universe type of money. I want to become a Market Wizard and I want your advice. My plan for now is to simply learn as much as I can from the experts (like you and [name]) and start growing my account. My question is, is there a better way? should I be looking to go into the money management business, maybe go work for a hedge fund or open one? Or can I achieve my goal just by trading my own account? Which is better? Oh and one more thing, I know you’ve studied Tony Robbins and he kept mentioning that he coached a guy who made $500 million in the 1987 crash, do you know who he’s talking about? Because he never mentioned his name.

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I believe the trader Tony Robbins is talking about is Paul Tudor Jones. I don’t think working for a hedge fund is necessarily how you become a hedge fund titan. Starting a hedge fund is the path. Right? Trade your own account, then friends and family, then others. That’s the path.

Choosing a Fund Manager: Where to Start?

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Dear Michael, my name is Myles [name] and I am from Dublin, Ireland. I am 43 years old and my back ground is in construction. I have studied trading for the last 18 months, your books, podcasts and website have become the core of my research. Before I go any further, thank you for your work, it will be life changing for me and my family. I have recently purchased your latest system. So as you say yourself let me jump right in!

I came across your fantastic work while reading THE NEXT BIG INVESTEMENT BOOM by Mark Shipman. I think the story of how he started at 16 with almost no formal education and retired with a small fortune at 33 having borrowed £60k from family and friends would be a great story for your listeners. I would love to hear Mark interviewed on your podcast some day. Mark called the property crash in 2007 and also the commodity boom. Mark gives a couple of basic trend following systems using weekly charts.

Michael, I have read all your books and lots more that you have recommended. I realized I needed to educate myself further other than just reading books so I enrolled with the IIFT (Irish Institute Financial Trading) in Dublin, so I could understand the terminology and how to read charts, etc. IIFT are mainly Day Traders, and I realized that this was not for me over the long term, but I learned what I needed and also met two excellent teachers.

My intention is to continue developing my own trading plan and education through my enrollment in your training system. I feel more comfortable trading small until I progress over the years with help from your team. If I may please ask can you suggest any small to medium size trend following fund managers that I might engage with for the medium term with a view to investing 50/100K?

I understand the relevance of perhaps choosing a manager on a drawdown, and also the importance of understanding and agreeing the risk element of any investment, can you suggest other criteria particular to choosing professional fund managers? Finally, I should say that my inquiries may not be strictly within the bounds of your support package but this is where I am and I know I am solely and fully responsible for my own investments now and always. I am already extremely grateful for your guidance and I would very much like to meet you and have a snake heart in Saigon someday, or hopefully in Singapore this year, until then its fish and chips!

Sorry for rambling on, thank you.

I think the best option for finding a manager is to investigate the ones mentioned in my books. There are others of course and I implore you to investigate those too. In the context of my training we can also have some back/forth about the issues associated with selection.

Thanks for the nice feedback Myles.

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