Mystery Trader Revealed...And His Name Is 'Hope'

Tyler Durden's picture

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper has uncovered the FX trader who dropped over $300k in a Scouse club. It is a 23-year old 'self-taught' barrow-boy named (somewhat ironically in our view) Alex Hope. Self-described as "talented (three years in and a six-figure salary, hhmm), charismatic (its amazing how much 'charisma' a GBP125k bottle of bubbly will buy), and thoroughly likeable (ditto) man. Alex Hope exudes knowledge..." and is willing to share it with you according to his website. How did he become this B.S.D. of the FX markets? "I took two months off my job at Wembley, got really obsessed with reading charts and got the guts to start trading properly." This self-made rosy-cheeked young man with a penchant for mind-numbingly-arrogant-looking photos on his website may have just become the poster boy for all that is 'great' about the free market - or perhaps a skim through his blog and media exposure will reassure us all that anything is possible as we note he does have some good taste (not just in Champagne) in RTing our posts on Twitter.


We can only HOPE that the next time he decides to go down the rub-a-dub-dub for a Leo Sayer, maybe he'll take some of us Septic Tanks with him on the the days of the ship-it-in-large-on-the-left John, done-a-yard by-breakfast spot FX trader are clearly back with us.


And here is his Bio, enjoy:

London born and bred, Alex Hope, 22, is a self-taught trader who specialises in the Foreign Exchange Market. Despite his tender years, Alex is a name to watch out for in the city; an expert in the UK economy, he works the currency markets, regularly trading millions.


Alex teaches people how to make money from trading the biggest financial market in the world, the Foreign Exchange. With a trading volume of $4 trillion a day, in his eyes it is undoubtedly the best and most exciting market to be involved in. Another specialist area for this young entrepreneur is Commodities – Gold, Silver, Copper and Platinum; all materials that have great volume and movement on a daily basis and can earn a healthy profit.


Alex knows and loves the FX market. Throughout his youth, his passions were football and…currencies! At the age of 11, Alex had a deep-rooted interest in the different currencies and relished trips across Europe where he could explore this interest first hand.


After school, he spent just over 2 years in the sporting industry as a Football Coach for Charlton Athletic Community Scheme before moving into the hospitality sector. Although he was making a modest salary of £21k, he could not deny his interest in the financial field and set about teaching himself everything he could and should know about the economy. Whilst still living at home and holding down a full time job, Alex started to trade, opening his first account with just £500; in one day he’d more than doubled his money and turned the £500 into £1100 by trading gold.


As his confidence and knowledge grew, Alex knew this was the world for him and at 20 years old he headed for the city and soon found employment at The Forex Academy in early 2010 as a FX & Commodity Trader. In July this year, he stepped into the spotlight when his career was profiled in The Daily Telegraph, subsequently Alex went onto to work at leading Trading and Commodities company, Zone Invest Group. For a career that started out trading on the local market stalls for pocket money, to a modest £21k salary in the hospitality industry, Alex has since followed his dream in the trading world and his basic salary has entered the six figure bracket!


An entrepruenerial spirit through and through, whilst working full time and in his spare time, Alex also offers private teaching for students interested in learning the tricks of the trade (both one-to-one and small groups), helping others to profit from the liquid market. Many of the individuals travel worldwide to meet with him and glean from his experience.


A talented, charismatic and thoroughly likeable man, Alex Hope exudes knowledge and you can’t help but respect and admire this self-taught and self-made young trader. Watch out trading markets, Alex Hope is kicking up a storm!


We can only assume that his current place of employ, Zone Invest, will soon be doubling his base as the offers come flooding in as momo funds rotate from AAPL to HOPE...

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LasVegasDave's picture

give the man some props

he talks the talk and walks it.

you 99%ers are such a bunch of petty, jealous cunts.

Its not like he is creating derivatives or asking for a govt. bailout

LetThemEatRand's picture

You just confirmed your own complete douchbaggery.  You, too believe you can be one of the oligarchs.  You will never be.  Douche.  But keep dreaming.  It's a small club.  You're not invited and it drives you crazy.

Hugo Chavez's picture

One in a hundred people are one percent.

It is a big crowd and quite a few will congregate on zero hedge.

Most of one percenters on zero hedge are self made and have no interest in allying with the oligarchs. We dont need them. They just get in our way.

Likstane's picture

Shut up hugo and rand.  If L V Dave is who I think he is, then he is definately a 1%er+.  Hell yeah, LVD, you go man!  When you split those 5's for 75k apiece at Binions last week and hammered home a quick 1.5, I wet my pants!  Hugo and Rand need to get out of the nickel dice pit and watch a real hound dog in action. 

redpill's picture

Don't be an idiot, the threshold for a "one percenter" is somewhere between $300k-$400k gross income annually, you aren't going to be dropping that much at a bar in one night.  We aren't talking about the 1%, we are talking about the flash in the pan portion of the .01% that make a lot of money in a short period of time and spend it just as quickly.  Something tells me this kid will be broke in a decade.

SAT 800's picture

To quote George Carlin, "Fuck Hope".

ACP's picture

3 years just happens to be when the illegal manipulation went into overdrive.

Flash in the pan, baby! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Sylvia Plath's picture

All Media B/S... wtf do you know at 22 about investing?

e_goldstein's picture

Nothing. All he had to do is BTFD.

doggings's picture

looks like Alex should have invested in better web hosting, the ZH spike appears to have taken his site down. like being on Oprah :)

I wouldnt mind betting the whole things a publicity ploy, "Advertorial"

good coverage for 125k, bet his ROI is decent.

here's the Google cache for anyone else that cant get in

philosoraptor's picture

Judging from his 'stature' in this engaging, ego-free, articulate 'interview', his skinny soccer days left him some years ago. Oh my, I could listen to that heart warming estuary accent all day long - whisper sweet nothings to me Alex......

Bunga Bunga's picture

Everyone work as hard as him! Everyone become rich!

Cursive's picture

@Bunga Bunga

Is he rich?  Looks like the definition of a $30,000 Millionaire.  Dallas is full of them.

prains's picture

dude hit an inside straight on the river and now he's an FX god, next time he pushes all in, it'll come up tits. good night dope.

Fidel Sarcastro's picture

He's only 22yrs old and TEACHES trading on Forex?  Sounds like he's running some kind of Ponzi-scheme.  He's an asshat poser.  

UGrev's picture

You don't drop that kind of coin if you're not trying to garner attention to yourself. Subtle shit like.. well, ok, not SOOO subtle.. but shit like this WILL eventually bubble up to the internet. If you ask me it was s 2 fer. 1 for the licks and kicks.. and 1 for the advertisement.. free advertisement.

Temporalist's picture

Yea advertising for his "one on one seminars" because anyone that has such fame and fortune wants to spend an hour with some schmoe instead of making "six figures" and partying with the glitterati.

Incidenatlly six figures may be $100,000...he just blew 2 1/2 years salary in one night it looks to me.

UGrev's picture

I never defined what he was "advertising". Fame makes people do stupid shit. 

long-shorty's picture

Right on. This kid could be the next Lenny Dykstra sans baseball prowess. Let's hope his clients have some good reporting on their forex accounts. On second thought, why do I care what happens to his clients?

Conrad Murray's picture

$50 to the first person to change this creep's homepage to a WB7 image.

Go Go Go

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Something smells rotten here. Hope has more of a story here than what is presented.

Cursive's picture


What?  You don't believe all of the Alger Hiss stories you read? (/sarc)

Ahmeexnal's picture

if he just turned 22, and at 11 traveled to the continent where he showed his interest in the different currencies....sounds like a fake story. at that time there was only "one currency to rule them all".

Matt's picture

The Euro just turned 10. 22 - 11 = 11.

LetThemEatRand's picture

He inherited wealth, obviously.  Douche extraordinaire.  Tea Party Dream.

TrulyBelieving's picture

NO, LTER is the douch extraordinaire. You have no idea if this guys money is inherited or not, but you just like to stir up stuff because you are nothing but a small winey socialist that hates it when anyone makes a dollar or two. The only Tea Party dream you're against is the idea of Liberty and a free market. You sick scum. I'm tired of working hard, then forking over way more than what is right because those of your ilk that think there is some social good in stealing from some and giving to others(like yourself). You misguided idiot, like the blind leading the blind.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Okay, truly idiotic.  I'll bet a buck we hear later that this douche is from money.  Care to wager your credibility?

TrulyBelieving's picture

Who cares where his money comes from? If we were to wager your credibility, fine, but I never speculated where his money came from, that be you that ignorantly assumes such things.

nevadan's picture

Alger Hiss?  You mean Horatio Alger, rags to riches story.  Not a commie sympathizer right?

Cursive's picture


Yeah.  Total brain fart there.  Horatio Alger.  And I can't get "Flowers for Algernon" out of my head either.

YC2's picture

Well, does he make that money trading or teaching people to trade?  There is an enormous difference.  Getting clients, getting kickbacks as an Introducing Broker, then having a platform to take the other side of client trades or make another rebate passing them to somene else is a lucrative business as well.

Bill D. Cat's picture

Currency is my passion , cheap pussy is my obsession .

CvlDobd's picture

This dude likes really high priced pussy.

hustler etiquette's picture

Quote to live by. "cheap pussy is my obsession." may the gods show you favor. I may get this tattooed on my forearm?

Cursive's picture

Who was it that was just nominated for douchbag of the year?

Next day he boasted on his website: “Just opened the world’s largest Ace of Spades bottle with my boy George Panatiyou at the PlayGround. Great night! Miami Next

Gheyer than ghey.


Ahmeexnal's picture

he's got "GATORADE" slapped right on his forehead!

zerotohero's picture

You have got to love the great combination that is youth and arrogance - where one has yet to attain wisdom and truly self absorbed.

SgtSchultz's picture

It's so easy even a kid can to it!

Hugh G Rection's picture

He fucked George Soros to get his seed money as a trader... he deserves any and all success.

Seasmoke's picture

for $300,000 he could never have paid for this much exposure......looks like money well spent (and hopefully he got laid by the hottest chick in the group)

WonderDawg's picture

I would think more like the hottest three. The guy's in his early twenties, after all.

TheGardener's picture

This type is not getting laid. One reason they act crazy.
The hottest chick went home with the guy who sold that bottle.

gwar5's picture

About the bottle of champagne.... Just me, but I would have spent $125 on Dom and then the other $124,875. on women over a longer period of time. I think Son of Scarface Montoya was coked out of his head at the time.