In the year 2007, Alan was inspired to do trading after he came across the book Turtle Traders by Richard Dennis who managed to grow his trading fund from $1,000 into 100 million. Many people thought that Richard Dennis has some special talent to do trading that was inborn. However, Richard Dennis explained that he has developed an unique trading system and he was very disciplined to follow through the system. But nobody believed him and even his partner and wife don’t believed. Finally one day, he finally decided to conduct an experiment by randomly selecting 23 traders to teach them how to trade and he call his system “Turtle Trading”. And after a few years, these 23 traders become very successful in their own ways and managed to made a collective of 1.75 million USD. Using this experiment, Richard Dennis was trying to prove that “Traders are made and not born”. Richard Dennis believes that nobody is cut out to be anything. We need to cut ourselves out to be whatever we want to be.
Alan was very inspired by the book and he started his trading journey. From 2007 till today, Alan attended various courses as he believes in constant learning and improvement.
In 2016, Alan had the opportunity to join Fortune Asia Long short fund and he is thankful to have received training and mentorship from 3 extremely successful traders who has helped to shape his trading skills and mindset. They are Professor Christopher Ting from SMU who teaches Quantitative Finance for Trading in SMU, Alexandra Liew, Chief Trader(made more than 8 million using technical analysis) and Jeff Cheong (made more than 20 million using value investing techniques), CEO of Singapore Listed company Sinjia Land Ltd.
In 2017, Alan decide to set up his own trading team and Fortitude was founded. Fortitude currently has a team of traders who are trading successfully now and making consistent returns.
In 2020, fortitude fund decides to start Emperous Trading Academy to provide financial education to the public.