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Train to Trade: Financial Training in London

Are you moving to London and looking to work as a trader? Take a look at the guide below on how to get started.

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As anyone will tell you, trading is a tough industry to get into and it’s never been tougher to gain a foothold on the trading floor. Whether you manage to secure a gold-dust trading internship, read the FT cover-to-cover every day, or devote months of your precious time to unpaid work-experience placements, a surer investment of your time and money would be taking an intensive professional course that covers everything you need to know in order to succeed as a trader.

Though that’s not to say that reading up and getting as much outside experience as you can is any bad thing. Quite the contrary - the more experience you can garner the better in a jobs market that’s increasingly difficult to break into.

Benefits of taking the Professional Financial Trading Programme:

  • Access to real-time trading software and data
  • Provision of financial market data and news
  • Options to study 100% online, 100% on campus, or a combination of the two
  • Trading floor experience, shadowing senior traders
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  • Chance to trade foreign exchange, stock indices and commodities in real-time
  • Course taught by successful traders with years of global trading market experience
  • Teaching methods are a combination of theory and practice
  • Constant assessment and reviews over the three-month period
  • Chance to network

Read up

Trading is a career that can pay extremely well, but many potential traders fail to understand that success doesn’t come overnight and it can in fact take significant time and nerve to convert losses to gains in the world of trading.

The experience needed to become an effective and employable trader may well take as long, require more study and cost as much as a university degree. With this in mind, there’s no time like the present to start brushing up and getting a feel for this vocation – no matter what your initial experience is.

Below are a few recommended books for those breaking into or making their way in a trading career.

  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Le Fèvre. Mastering the Trade: Proven Techniques for Profiting from Intraday and Swing Trading Setups by John F. Carter
  • Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas.
  • Trade the Trader: Know Your Competition and Find Your Edge for Profitable Trading by Quint Tatro.
  • Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders and Market Sense and Nonsense by Jack Schwager
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Test the waters

Plenty of experienced traders recommend taking a ‘dummy run’ at trading before embarking on real-life portfolio management, and a good trading course will offer plenty of simulated trading opportunities before introducing you to the hustle and bustle of the trading floor.

A test run or a prolonged period of practising on a demo account is a way of committing and experimenting with no risk, and a great way to learn from mistakes and build on them quickly. It’s also an early indicator as to whether you really do want to pursue a career as a trader – or whether you’ll be any good at it!

Practice demo accounts

A practice demo account can also be set up independently, and allows would-be traders to get as much practice as they can, gaining valuable insights as they work. Check out the websites of major investment banks and see which ones offer users a free demo account – many of them do.


In the absence of a specific degree in trading, the London Academy of Training (LAT) prepares future traders for success in all aspects of the global financial markets with their Professional Financial Trading Programme.

About the trading course

An OFQUAL accredited three-month long intensive course, determined and driven students come from all over the world to study trading with this provider, and gain immersive and comprehensive experience in all aspects of finance and banking.

The course is suitable for novices as well as those with some prior experience or study in this field, and equips all students with a rigorous introduction to a host of financial market positions.

Why you should take the course

Showing a prospective employer not only your commitment to success by completing a professional course like this, but also the skills gained on a course of this sort will give candidates the competitive edge they need in a sector that rarely trains newcomers on the job anymore.