Stephen Bliss flips burgers during the day at his Redcar roadside cafe but manages a £9million stock market fund by night
“I didn’t want to start throwing real money at it and end up losing it all. About two years in, I got the hang of it and started feeling confident. I put some real money in, about £3,000 and lost about half of it. They say never trade with money you can’t afford to lose but losing that was a bit of a blow. After that, I went back to a virtual account and saved up more cash. It was a big learning curve.”
Stephen has mate a nearly 1,000 per cent return on his investments in the last year
He added: “I’ve got about 6,600 people investing their money in me. I don’t let it affect me now. But when I first reached $1m I thought ‘wow’. I’m bombarded with people’s queries, it’s every minute; responding takes up a lot of time, but we were asked to go to London and a Q&A live stream which helps.
I enjoy making money for other people. A guy messaged me saying he invested £60,000, I got it up to £200,000 and
he messaged me to say he’s just gone on a trip around Malaysia with his mates on a Harley Davidson and wanted to thank me.”
The commission Stephen has earned from the site amounts to six figures this year.
“I really enjoy learning about it, the returns are far greater than what you get from putting money in a bank account. Every year has been positive, I’ve returned 935 per cent this year which is significant, but I don’t expect to do that every year. Now I want to step back from the catering business and focus on the trading full-time.”