There are a lot of traders and educators that I could consider for this title, and to be honest, picking it wasn't easy. There are many excellent traders that I speak to on an almost daily basis, and as such – they certainly could have been considered. Going to the education sector, there are several that I really like a lot.
For the Forex trader, there are literally thousands of people out there that you can follow for education and advice, as well as allow to trade an account for you. The Internet has caused an explosion of the possible candidates for this title over the last few years, and I had to think long and hard about this.
The person that kept coming to mind had to be someone who understood the markets, as well as traded them. Most Forex traders aren't well known, and as such – I felt like I was being pulled in the direction of an educator. But with an educator, you need someone who can not only explain the markets, but also make the education engaging so that the student remembers what they are being taught. After all, what good is education if it isn't something that sticks with you? Once I started to think in this way, a clear winner stepped forward. On top of that, he has started to trade managed accounts.
Without a doubt, the "?hero" of mine is Rob Booker. Rob has been teaching traders for years now, and has always been known for his colorful teaching style and sense of humor. He also knows the markets, and knows them well. While Rob would be the first to admit to you that understanding technical analysis is something that a lot of people can claim, he has the ability to make Forex fun, and that helps with retention.
Mr. Booker has been sought out by various conferences and does monthly webinars for instruction that you can attend for free. He is not only a professional, but well-known to be generous as well. Every time I have ever emailed him, I got a prompt response, even when he was on the road.
Rob's book "?Adventures Of A Currency Trader" is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read on the topic of FX trading, as it has many lessons in it that aren't laid out in a textbook-like manner. It approaches the currency markets form a psychological manner and in a story form. Without a doubt an easy read and I have always recommended it to my trading friends. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would sum it up like this: It is to the Forex world what "?Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" is to the stock world, an absolute classic. I myself have read the book 8 or 9 times.
If you are just starting out, or have been trading for a while, Rob is someone you want to know. In fact, he has a great website with a plethora of information on his website.
When you stop by, make sure to drop him a note – he's always ready to talk to a fellow trader.