About

I am Dave Tromp. I live in a small town outside of Amsterdam with my beautiful wife and daughters.

As you can imagine, they make me wanna be a better person. I want to spend as much time with them as possible and give them all they want and need. That is why I have set out to become financially free by trading and investing.

My goal is to become free to live where ever I want to live. Be it in Istanbul where my wife is from, or be it in Amsterdam where I am from, or maybe in some other (preferably sunny) place. I am convinced this is possible to achieve if I just put my mind to it.

On this blog, I will openly share with you my trading and investing journey. I will show you my plans, my struggles, what's working and what is not working.


My path

If you wanna know where I come from and why you might wanna listen to me, read on, else just skip to the next paragraph.

My path has been very diverse. And as a result of all my experiences I know I can do anything I put my mind to. I kid you not! At high school, my path seemed all so clear. I was a straight-A student at the pre-university level, as we call it here. I had a love for both practical math, economics, science, as well as for languages. The first year of University I switched from Economics to Art History and I then dropped out and worked in sales. The next year I found my way again, being trained as an engineer, manager, and marketer for the fashion industry.

After that, I also worked on and received a Master of Arts degree. In the process, I learned to speak about 6 languages varying from the level of practical to social and through to professional proficiency. Go figure! Am I an alpha or beta thinker? In 2008 my wife and I returned back from Turkey, where I worked as an engineer for a Dutch fashion brand and it was around that time, that I had a gut feeling that my future would no longer be in the fashion business.

I realized that I had a talent for solving problems and communicating with people. I started to educate myself about trading and coding. I started building websites, hacking spreadsheets and databases and automating processes. Finally, I taught myself to code and I currently have a day job as a software developer/data scientist, while I trade and develop trading and investing strategies on the side. So:

I am a coder by day and a trader by night.

Why this blog?

Firstly, I love writing. I believe we all are writers. Writing helps to guide and clarify thoughts. By writing, I hope to help you, but in reality, I am helping myself.

Secondly, I strongly believe that anyone should know how to program or at least know how to think computationally as many aspects of our lives are influenced by this. And trading and investing have certainly been influenced heavily by computational thinking.

And thirdly, I believe in financial independence as a way to personal growth in freedom. Anyone can take control of their finances and should not let others manage their money. This is a simple concept, but not easy to do and it requires work and education.

Why learn to trade?

For me, it became clear after the financial crisis of 2008, that the savers are the losers in today's financial world. If you are lucky the interest on your savings make up for inflation. But if you are a clueless investor, you are worse of. I have seen many (soon to be) retirees see their capital shrink, while their "financial managers" just kept earning bonuses.

So I decided to take charge of my own financial future and educate myself. The same way coding is the practical activity that promotes computational thinking, trading is the practical activity that promotes financial education and makes you think in terms of risks and rewards.

What to expect?

Trading and investing education

There are many trading and investing education resources online. I intend to curate these resources and point you to the ones I find most useful. To get you started I have written a series of post on How to become a trader.

Trading and investing research

I have researched many trading and investing strategies. Some of them I have shared on this blog. I will continue to share this research occasionally. I use both spreadsheets (LibreOffice) and code (Python) to research strategies. I might also share how to research this way.

Trading and investing ideas

I trade forex and CFDs on indices and commodities using discretionary price action strategies that I have manually backtested. I share my Ideas on this blog and/or on social media, so be sure to follow me there as well.


Thank you so much for visiting my site!

Dave