Episode 145: The Guy Who Lived Out of a Van and Traded

by robbooker on April 29, 2013


In this very special episode of The Traders Podcast, you’ll hear your host Rob Booker and Bradley Fried having lunch with Ryan — a real-deal trader from the Knoxville, Tennessee, area. This very casual and natural conversation is indicative of the chats that Rob and Brad have enjoyed during their Trade-for-a-Living Tour.

Ryan shares the story of his first exposure to the magic of currency trading, and he candidly talks about the early days of his trading career, which began in October 2008. Ryan recounts some of the financial bumps and bruises that went along with a new trader’s learning curve. He discusses hedging and how he came to know that it was the right way for him to trade. Ryan also talks about how he used to live out of a van for four years — while trading! It’s all good stuff that you won’t want to miss!

Note to listeners: There’s a great deal of ambient noise during this lunchtime interview, so you’ll hear other people, helicopters, jets, cars, trucks and wind! But in the midst of the background chaos, you’ll also catch a pretty hilarious, female bystander who adds a provocative contribution to the podcast — as well as a man who sounds like he gets injured nearby. These little audio nuggets occur after Rob and Brad’s humorous riff on the historical significance of the Donchian channel.

By popular request:

Ryan’s blog: Joaquin FX Trading


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph Smith April 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Rob.. Up 2,700 pips this month… Love this business…


robbooker April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm




ryan herron April 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thank you Rob and Brad for visiting with me. Had a great time! i have learned a lot from these podcasts over the last year so thank you for every one of them. Keep up the great work and thank you as well Jason!


robbooker April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Ryan, you are amazing. I keep, keep telling people things you told me during the interview. And I do it while trying to imitate your accent. I LOVED meeting you. I am so glad we got to talk. Hope we talk again –



ryan herron April 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bwahaha! i just got off the phone with my wife telling her i sound like a dang hillbilly! especially with the first words out of my mouth about fishing. What the blank was that? Ha!


Scott (fatbeetrader) April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Great authentic interview Ryan.

I enjoyed hearing about your formula for success!

Did i hear you mention you had a blog? I’d love to check that out and follow your progress



ryan herron April 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Joaquinfx.blogspot.com . Please forgive the anti-political correctness, spelling, etc… its just my thoughts. Thank you


Steve April 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Best podcast yet – really excellent stuff! Thanks Ryan and Rob!


Tracey Fathers April 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

fellas ya all saddle up now ur here, yr talkin my language, absolutely love it… hedgding is not my thing. But it was really nice to hear about Ryan and what is working for him, it just gives me a different perspective of looking at things, shake it up, rock it and tip it over if that works. I Really appreciate the Podcast and all the efforts Rob and Jason go to… Jason you rock…. you have the sexiest voice ever


robbooker April 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

Tracey, that is the most hilarious comment we’ve ever received. We need to have you on the podcast sometime.

And thank you for listening, and keep in touch!



Tracey Fathers April 30, 2013 at 3:28 am

and PS Rob, Ur just sexy


robbooker April 30, 2013 at 10:08 am



Tom April 30, 2013 at 5:52 am

Great Podcast Rob.


robbooker April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

Tom, thank you for listening, and I am happy you liked this one. I need to get back on the road and record more of these.


Chris April 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Rob, I think this is the best episode yet that you’ve had showcasing how hardwork, ingenuity and passion plays a big role in how you can succeed in this really cut-throat market. I admire how Ryan sacrificed alot of things and focused his time and energy learning and perfecting something that he loves and that is inspirational! And he lived in a Mercedes Benz sprinter van! how cool is that?? LOL
I totally agree with what Ryan said that every single trader has to follow the strategy that works for them. And no one should ever bash or degrade another trader’s way of trading just because it does not work for them. We have our own trade secrets but we should all support each other still. That’s why I’m grateful for your work to help motivate and educate us. Thanks Rob for this great episode!

On an end note, I……. I was born at the Donchian Channel. I’m a Donchian child!


Matt LaCoco May 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

This episode just rocks. A perfect example of Failure not having a chance against persistence. Find something that works, and do the $#%! out of it!

Joseph, holy crap man! Way to go!


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