In 2017 I had a fairly dramatic change of circumstances that left me pondering what I was doing with my life. A full-on existential crisis: marriage breakdown, family breakup, bankruptcy, relocation and declining health, all led to a forced re-evaluation of my priorities and the realisation that I had been doing many things, which fundamentally didn’t serve me.
I was quite literally sick of working ridiculous hours, under ridiculous stress, for only just enough money to survive and this “breakdown” turned out to be precisely the opportunity I needed to approach everything very differently.
I had always fully applied myself to whatever I did and as a result, I was generally successful and good at things. I was a straight-A student; got an Honours Degree in Engineering. I became a semi-professional musician in my late teens, an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor in my 20s, had a family, built a boat, built a house, built various businesses, worked as a seismic navigator in the oil industry, travelled the world and latterly set up a restaurant.
Despite and throughout all of these “accomplishments” I was constantly struggling for cash and always had the feeling that I was missing something.
It finally dawned on me that out of all the skills I had acquired, I knew nothing about money other than how to earn it and spend it… and I was good at both. I had no idea how to acquire wealth. When I cast my mind back, I was taught nothing at school about investing or wealth management. I grew up in a family which eschewed wealth of any description and had an incredibly toxic attitude towards money and anyone who had any.
This was in fact, one of my greatest epiphanies: I finally realised that I had to become as good with money as I was at everything else I did. For me, (as with all the other things I was “good” at) that necessitated a detailed examination of the first principles and it was in this study of how money works, that I made some profound discoveries.
Revelations included: There is no shortage of cash or any other resources, for that matter. How central banks operate and the ages-old mechanisms by which financial systems have been engineered to control the masses, for the benefit of the wealthy. That it is possible to have money work for you rather than you working for money. The power of compounding interest to effortlessly generate even greater returns over time.
By far the greatest myth I had to shatter, was the dogged belief in my working-class mentality of scarcity. The entire notion that the only way to get ahead is to work hard, exchanging time for money. In my upbringing, this was how to gain respect and validation from family, peers and society as a whole. Doing the “right thing” “working hard” and “being clever”, to ensure personal and professional credibility.
I started to ask some serious questions about this paradigm, which I began to regard as increasingly dystopian; only really serving the already-wealthy, whilst ensuring the rest of us struggle to make ends meet, even in the aspirant and apparently comfortable middle class.
Realising that I had to make some fundamental changes, I began researching alternative means of making money and went down some very deep rabbit holes in the process. Facebook’s algorithms were all over my confused, increasingly desperate state of mind and started presenting me with sponsored ads for affiliate marketing, network marketing, Forex and crypto trading opportunities etc.
However sceptical, my curiosity was well-and-truly piqued. I found myself devoting an inordinate amount of time and energy researching all of the above. It felt as though I really had discovered another world; a version of reality in which people were using technology to access markets that I knew nothing about. I could see that people were getting themselves out of debt, turning their lives around and building prosperous lifestyles, using the internet.
Of all the areas I investigated, I found Forex (foreign exchange) currency trading particularly attractive. I discovered that the world’s total daily turnover of cash was in excess of $5 trillion and that it was possible to access this “liquidity pool” as the banks refer to it, via brokers and their online platforms, to make a profit. I also discovered that, unlike the stock market, it is essentially recession-proof. The risks were high but people who got it right and had a “system” were making a lot of money. I reckoned I could get good at this!
For me, at this stage in my journey, it was an irresistible temptation. I clicked on the adverts and found myself depositing a few hundred dollars with a few different brokers, who offered to train me to trade, using their systems. Things started off well. Under their guidance, I saw my accounts grow substantially in a matter of weeks, by placing a majority of winning trades and using stop losses to cut losing trades short. I was learning some skills and it was working.
This very successfully whetted my appetite. My personal and family circumstances were dire and I was desperate for cash, so I deposited some chunkier sums (from credit cards) with my new-found broker friends and all-of-a-sudden, the trading wasn’t going so well. Now I was getting calls from them persuading me to deposit even more money to protect the margin on the account, to avoid losing everything. I took their advice – for a while – with the promise of restoring the account to its former profitability.
It turns out these “brokers” were very professionally-presented scam operations, pretending to be FCA registered and using fake London addresses and phone numbers. I later discovered that their “trading” platforms aren’t even connected to the financial markets, so for months, I had basically been playing video games with my money having disappeared irretrievably, into their bank accounts. My bank wouldn’t entertain the idea of a chargeback.
During this period, I had also become involved in the crypto space and lost money with several outfits, some trading, some Initial Coin Offerings, which either genuinely went under, or disappeared in exit scams.
This was tough. Very, very tough. My desperate predicament, rather than being redeemed by my new-found technological enterprise, was even further compromised and I was the fool.
By now, things were getting serious and the only way I could see of salvaging the situation was to work out how to do it properly. I knew that trading was real and I was absolutely determined to work out how to do it and make money for me and my family. The boats had been burned on the beach – there was no turning back.
Despite having been a lamb to the slaughter, as a newbie in this field, I began to connect with like-minded people (yes, there are a few out there) who had identical tales to tell and who were driven by a similar determination to discover how to successfully trade and make money from both forex and crypto markets. Curiously, although perhaps not surprisingly, we were all typically motivated by intense personal circumstances and some notion of social justice. We recognised the imperative of discovering how to allow everyone access to the same systems and prosperity the wealthy have always enjoyed. It was about levelling the playing field and claiming a fair share.
So – I had to learn how to trade for myself. I went on a forex course in London and took half a dozen online forex and crypto trading courses. I opened my own accounts with properly licensed, regulated brokers, connected to the financial markets by ECN (Electronic Communications Network). I traded forex manually, using signals, then EAs (Expert Advisor software) and PAMM/copy trading. In the crypto space, I learned to trade on Bitmex and Binance exchanges, manually and then using AI-driven software, affectionately knows as Bots.
What I learned from all of this is that it was tricky; really tricky to find a system, which allowed me to be consistently profitable and didn’t just feel like gambling. I also discovered that trading can be a highly emotional experience and this can be challenging to the newbie trader.
I started looking for anyone involved in trading in my home town of Glasgow and went to a couple of local group meetings but quickly discovered that amateur traders were having all the same issues as me; no-one had cracked it or found a system. Most concerning was the fact that they all seemed to be more focussed on passionate debates surrounding the intricacies of fundamental and technical trading strategies, than actually making money! I began to despair. Again.
However, there had to be a way…
It was obvious to me that the only way to do this safely and dependably was to find experts with integrity, who really knew what they were doing in the commercial world. I didn’t need to know how the engine works; I just needed to be able to drive the car.
The next stage of my journey proved to be a lot more progressive and positive. I had become part of an online community, which had a great deal of similar shared experience and whilst not everything that we involved ourselves with became successful, we weren’t losing money. We were able to filter the opportunities and be discerning in our appraisal. We discovered who to trust, how the technology works, how to use it and we have openly collaborated in sharing our findings.
Fast forward to today and those of us who set out on this journey a few years ago and have somehow managed to keep going, are in a very strong position. We have knowledge and the immeasurable benefit of painful experience.
We are now working with completely legal, regulated, tried and tested operators. We are at the cutting edge of innovation in trading execution technology and network marketing. There is a substantial support network, including some very clever people doing some truly great things… and we are radically changing our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, for the better. This isn’t a revolution; it’s an evolution and there’s no going back.
Magic Money Tree is my way of presenting everything I have learned (and continue to learn) to those people who are ready to make a change in their lives. It challenges and disproves the vehemently-promulgated lies of economic scarcity; the necessity of austerity and societal misery. It’s about being proactive, evolving beyond the victim mindset, taking some risks and daring to embrace the very real opportunities, which demonstrably exist.
The beauty of the systems I’m now using is that you can start safe and small. For as little as $300 / £230 I can plug you into a globally-regulated company, with an international support network of like-minded pioneers. The company will trade your money and they have a phenomenal track record. They also have a trading academy and a state-of-the-art marketing system, should you wish to learn more about trading and/or build a business to diversify your income.
Feel free to contact me for an informal chat, and whenever you’re ready, click the link below!
I’m legally required to issue the following disclaimers:
***Trading on the Global Forex Market is risky, please only trade money you can afford to lose. No Trade results can be guaranteed in any type of real trading activity.***
***Participation in the Cash Forex Group Rewards Plan is not a guarantee of success. Both hard work and following structure of the Rewards Plan are required for results.***