Hope Fades As London 'Superstar' FX Trader Is Arrested

Tyler Durden's picture

How the self-described 'mighty' have fallen. It was a month ago when we first heard of this mysterious British FX trader who dropped $300k in a Liverpudlian nightclub on a bottle of champagne that weighed more than the models he was 'dating' that night. The 'talented, charismatic, and likable' Alex Hope has been arrested by London's Financials Services Authority (FSA) in connection with an investigation into a suspected unauthorized FX trading scheme. As City A.M reports this morning, Hope's publicist confirms he is the 23 year old in question - though he 'obviously' denies all allegations. The schadenfreude on London's FX 'trading' desks (as opposed to bucket-shop retail-mauling FX 'brokerage' shops) is palpable from what we hear as 'it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy' echoes off the City's pub ceilings. As yet no charges have been filed - we await with baited breath for the sad truth to be outed.

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FOC 1183's picture

Fucking beautiful

Thomas's picture

What the hell is "unauthorized trading"? If it moves, trade it!

Max Hunter's picture

Ill gotten gains being spent on hookers and blow. Who'd have thunk it..

GetZeeGold's picture



Hold on.....let me find my shocked face.


I think I need to buy a gun's picture

there is a sale at apmex this morning on canadian maples



MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Alex Hope is a star trader who beams with confidence and creative energy. You can tell he's a successful superstar when hoards of greasy ZH day traders attack him with envy. I was seriously thinking of taking his FX trading master class this month, but sadly I'll have to wait till the end of the trial.

nope-1004's picture

Nobody at 23 in the financial world is a self-made person and "successful" - period.  There was either a substantial inheritance, pure dumb luck, or criminality.

 The only people at 23 who are self made are athletes, as it has been shown that peak physical ability of the human body is somewhere between ages 19-22.


strannick's picture



Dang, dat Tyler shur kin talk purdy

redpill's picture

Poor Alex. I hope someone smuggles in some Armand de Brignac and sluts for him. lol.

Agent P's picture

He's going to learn the true definition of "Big Swinging Dick"...prison rape, bitchez!

Harlequin001's picture

And of course the FSA is renowned for 'getting it right' isn't it, and looking after investors best interests, not.

How the fuck do you people slag off the SEC and then beam the first time you get any news or propaganda from some other 'regulator' about them having a go at some other guy who tried his luck? What a sad bunch of jealous fucks you really are. Licensing equals control, or perhaps you haven't got that yet. Perhaps you think it's a good thing that you cannot even find out or be offered anything now that isn't pre packaged through licensing into some sterile piece of crap that simply funnels your money into domestic government coffers in one form or another? All I see here is a bunch of down-and-out unemployed sad fucks with nothing better to do but gloat when anything unfortunate happens to anyone else with the wherewithal to actually do something to at least try to make a buck.

Go back to your fucking dole checks, I'm sure you earned it, and if you ever bother to get of your lazy idle arse and work for a living then maybe, just maybe you might be able to afford some champers yourself. That is of course, if you can get past the wall of 'regulation' that now stands before you, the benefits of which you're now experiencing every minute of every fucking day.

chipshot's picture

dont mind those brown smugs on the smuggled blow ...i had to get it in here somehow...

Milestones's picture

Interesting post. Bye the bye, the spelling is "bated" not baiting a fish with a hook.          Milestones

LawsofPhysics's picture

Actually, for endurance atheletes that optimum age is much older.  I competed professionally until I was almost 35 and won my last stage race as a CAT1 rider at 37.

prains's picture

25 for rugby, 28 for hockey, 32 for field events. been there done it

superflyguy's picture

and what's the age for chess?


Common_Cents22's picture

Good news, there are no age limits for winning by creating ponzi schemes!  

smiler03's picture

Quite a few talented and untalented musicians "make it big" before they're 23.

YC2's picture

Same for powerlifting, the opposite of endurance, where old men are setting all the records.


Maybe that 19-22 is for skill focused athletics.  There is skill in power or endurance sports, but it is often secondary.

12ToothAssassin's picture

the longer you roid up the more cumulative effect huh? Makes sense. Old dudes probably would do better at power lifting.

Willzyx's picture

How about actors/musicians?  Basically the entire entertainment/performing industry

SemperFord's picture

Crazy, I am 32 and swear that I'm better(physically) than when I joined the Corps at 17(and already in decent shape), I am actually stronger and can run a lot longer, etc...genes, rest, food and proper maintenance might push that up, check MMA fighters and Kobe...just saying...

SemperFord's picture

Crazy, I am 32 and swear that I'm better(physically) than when I joined the Corps at 17(and already in decent shape), I am actually stronger and can run a lot longer, etc...genes, rest, food and proper maintenance might push that up, check MMA fighters and Kobe...just saying...

Diogenes's picture

When did your memory start failing?

Dealer's picture

Good one, MDB!  Your material is so funny!

AcidRastaHead's picture

Make sure you also take the Learning Annex course: "Don't be riding 'round da hood with your stolen bling"

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

What?! No attack on libertarians? I'm disappointed.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

AND the end of the sentence following conviction

PersonalResponsibility's picture

Could it be you missed this time?

Say the guy had a publicity deal with "Scouse club" and the makers of the "GBP125K bottle of bubbly"; more publicity, more traffic, and more sales makes for success in this case.  Sells papers too (eyeballs).


"As yet no charges have been filed" ... genius 

Comay Mierda's picture

look at this ass clown's website and tell me we couldn't have seen this coming


Popo's picture

What exactly is an "unauthorized trading scheme"?

Is that British for "illegal"?  

WonderDawg's picture

I didn't think the British had trading laws, or that anything could be unauthorized. Laissez faire and all that.

Schmuck Raker's picture

I believe it's British for 'Caught'.

GeezerGeek's picture

May we therefore infer that there are actually "Authorized Trading Schemes" and if so how can I find one. Or may we infer that unauthorized trading schemes are those performed by persons not in the inner circle, as only those are authorized to run scams?

tonyw's picture

"Authorized Trading Schemes" = those almost guaranteed to seperate you and your money. On a long enough timeline...

AgShaman's picture

No....that's "City of London"....for "your system is better than ours"

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

What about it? Looks pretty good to me. You jealous of his self-esteem? It's not his fault he is the best. He just is. Ok?

A_S's picture

well, it does look like a narcissistic litte boy in a suit and all the other cliché wallstreet accessoires

toxic8's picture

did we need another MDB clone_?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

There is no clone. If you don't believe me, then search the usernames.

Biosci's picture

All clones say that.  It's part of the cloning process.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture



mini-Dee-Bee !

No no no, we pet our kitty, don't eat him