Alpesh started trading at the age of 12, with money borrowed from his aunt. He continued trading throughout school and University; finessing at Oxford University his trading strategies.
Whilst trading, he started teaching, first small groups, then audiences in the thousands around the world, from the UK to US to China to even Guatemala - made known as a global educator and trader through his training books - The Mind of a Trader and Trading Online.
Soon thereafter institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Barclays, American Express, Charles Schwab, E*Trade, TD Waterhouse, paid Alpesh to educate their customers.
Bloomberg TV offered him his own show after seeing him on a CNN interview talking with passion about education and trading; the Financial Times asked him to write a column in the paper teaching people to trade. Alpesh has written 200 columns for the Financial Times and 18 books to help people improve their trading. His books were so popular they are translated into 8 languages and one, Trading Online, even outsold Harry Potter on Amazon for a while!
Soon Alpesh won a competition in the Financial Times to predict the FTSE 100 over a 12 month period, coming within 0.5% of the final value.
Alpesh's passion for trading led him to invent trading software which from 2004-2013 outperformed Warren Buffett (351% vs 89%) and launched a daily newsletter (InvestingBetter) which focusses on FX and Indices and has an accuracy rate of 78% winning trades.
Soon Oxford University elected him a Visiting Fellow on Business and Industry and he lectured on trading.
Unsurprisingly Alpesh set up his own asset management company and hedge fund after friends and family asked him to manage their money for them. The company currently manages money for pension funds and high net individuals.
At the same time business organizations and corporations asked him to speak about business development, entrepreneurship and leadership and flew him around the world to do so. Indeed the UK PM asked him to advise on closer ties with India as part of the UK-India Roundtable.
The UK Foreign Office asked him to represent the UK in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur Roundtables and the UK Government asked him to be a Dealmaker to land overseas entrepreneurs to the UK using his extensive business and government networks globally to grow such companies.
So it made sense for him, having launched his hedge fund, to launch a private equity fund - after all dealmaking and entrepreneurship were taking up more of his time and thanks to media appearances his networks expanding exponentially.
To this day Alpesh remains in more high demand than ever, appearing weekly on the BBC, Reuters, CNBC with his views on the markets, and being flown around the world to speak to audiences from India to Thailand, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Consequently, given the huge demand for his trading education and with a business to run, Alpesh set up online education courses to meet demand.
Reviews For Alpesh's Books:
‘Gets to the heart of the matter of trading by clearly elucidating the methodologies of successful trading strategies while capturing the ineffable ethos of singular, successful traders.’ Pat Arbor, Chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade (1998) (the World’s largest derivatives exchange)
"The Online Trading CourseBook is the best guide of its kind to personal investing and will satisfy both the beginner and the professional". Nathan Moss, Chief Operating Officer, Merrill Lynch HSBC
"Online trading is a battlefield, and Alpesh Patel has the battle scars to prove it. Let this veteran trading warrior show you how to survive and thrive with his latest Internet guide." Thom Calandra, Editor-in-chief, CBS MarketWatch
"The markets have an enormous impact on our lives. "The Online Trading Coursebook" gives you an insight into making them work for you." Bharat Masrani, Vice Chairman, TD Waterhouse Group
"Insights into online trading from one of the leading authorities in the field."Craig Walling, Chief Executive, Charles Schwab Europe
"As a trader and a financial journalist himself, Alpesh Patel is uniquely qualified to give a behind-the-scene view of financial markets, and their interaction with the media. This book gives a very intelligent view of the art of investing, and debunks a lot of myths. I recommend it to anyone who is serious about investing." Bernard Oppetit, Founder, Centaurus Capital (a $2billion hedge fund)
''Alpesh’s proven track record speaks for itself. Learning from him will help ordinary people achieve results that match market professionals” Clive Cooke, CEO, City Index (part of ICAP)
'Investing Unplugged does a masterful job of blending the theoretical and the practical. Its an insight with many implications and it offers a set of useful tools to make better decisions and thereby create wealth.' Sonjoy Chatterjee, CEO ICICI Bank UK Limited
"Patel does it again - condenses and simplifies the world of investing into an easy-to-understand indispensable handbook." James Bateman, Head of Marketing, ODL Securities
“With the media playing an increasingly important role in investment decision-making, find out how one of the UK’s best known traders and broadcasters uses the wealth of information out there.” Michael Foulkes, President and Chief Executive, TD Waterhouse Europe
''Another excellent publication from Patel. His insight to the markets and trading are a must read for traders of all levels including beginners, there is something for everyone. '' Peter Cruddas, Chairman CMC Group Plc (Global Forex and Trading Specialists)