​6 Female Traders Who Made It To The Top

July 30, 2018 09:57

A successful trader knows how to control their emotions, and although they may experience both the thrill of a win, and the ache of a loss, they refrain from spontaneous, emotional reactions to the market, and remain calm in every situation, both when winning and when losing.

The trait that all women tend to possess by nature is to protect. That's why female traders might then potentially have a long-term orientation, and may possibly take on lower risk trades. According to Time, the research that was conducted by behavioural economists Terrence Odean and Brad Barber showed that men tend to trade more on average in comparison with female traders. Their top-line discoveries show that men on average traded 45% more frequently than women, and that hyperactive trading reduced their net returns by 2.65 percentage points a year, compared to the 1.72 percentage point result for women.

A recent study from early in 2018, found that 1 out of 7 online traders are female (a figure that has increased since 2017's results, which found that 1 in 10 were female). Statistics such as these show that female traders are becoming more and more prevalent. There are many female traders at the top of their game in the trading & investments world right now, so compiling a comprehensive list of the top 6 female traders in the world is no easy task! But with that being said, here is a list of what is arguably the 'cream of the crop'!


Best female traders 2018

6. Tracy Britt Cool

Tracy initially began her career growing vegetables and flowers in her parent's company, which she was not fond of. As she committed herself to the task at hand, her attitude and tenacity certainly paid dividends. She studied at Harvard, and was employed at Berkshire Hathaway, where Mr Buffet is the CEO, and where he noticed her potential. Tracy Britt Cool isn't an attention-seeker. She doesn't need the spotlight or bombastic rhetoric on small screens and pressers. She is quite serious and dedicated to her job.

5. Abigail Johnson


Abigail Johnson is the daughter of Edward C. Johnson III, Chairman of Fidelity Investments, and also the granddaughter of the company's founder. She became President and CEO of the company in February 2014, where analysts had speculated that she had been groomed for the role. Being part of the family no doubt helped Johnson get to her position today. The company has a long 71 year history, with nearly $2.25 trillion of its assets under management, and $3.5 in assets under administration. That being said, Fidelity has a lot at stake to simply place upon a family member in charge on that sole reason. Johnson has an MBA from Harvard, and has worked up the chain, starting out in customer service, then moving onto an analyst position, before progressing to an equity portfolio manager position within Fidelity for at least a decade, before finally becoming an executive.


4. Jennifer Fan

Jennifer graduated from business school with degrees in finance, statistics, and operation research at the tender age of 19; whilst most "kids" her age were just beginning college. She was employed first at Morgan Stanley, and later became a partner and portfolio manager at Arrowhawk Capital Management over a 10 year horizon. She has now launched herself a $650 million hedge fund that she is skillfully running now. Jennifer is a hedge fund manager specializing in finding relative value in energy and agriculture markets. In 2014 she started to work at the New York based Millennium after closing Arbalet Capital in 2013. Millennium is a global investment management firm, with about $20 billion under their management.

3. Linda Raschke

Linda Raschke began trading professionally from the early 1980s, working as a market maker in stock options. She worked at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange and then the Philadelphia Stock Exchange for a total of 6 years before working for herself as a day trader.

She now is the president of LBRGroup Incorporated, as a commodity trading advisor, and with LBR Asset Management as a commodity pool operator, with both companies bearing her personal initials. Raschke lectured on trading for a number of prestigious organizations, including the Managed Futures Association and Bloomberg, whilst also authoring a book on high probability trading strategies, which has been largely publicised. Linda is very experienced in trading and definitely a veteran in Wolfe Wave technical research. If you want to read more about how she trades you might want to consider the following book - "Street Smarts: High Probability Short-Term Trading Strategies". Additionally, Forex Factory forums also mention Wolfe Waves. Be sure to check them out and test them with Admiral Markets' demo account, and see if you can achieve the same success!


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2. Raghee Horner

"There is no "one way" in trading. I know what I know, I use what I use, and I trust what I trust." - Raghee Horner.

Raghee Horner is a valued contributor to John Carter's Simpler Trading. Her focus is on Forex, Currency ETFs, and Futures. Her job and enthusiasm, along with a combination of technical skills and analyses make her an excellent trader. She started trading in high school, first by drawing the charts by hand, and then calculating all the indicators by herself. Raghee is the creator of the famous 34 EMA wave method. A few applications of this method can be found in various studies at Forex Factory. She is one of the best female day traders out there.

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1. Kathy Lien

After graduating from the New York University Stern School of Business at the tender age of 18, Kathy began working at Wall Street. She spent 13 years in the financial markets, mainly focusing on G20 currencies. Beginning at JPMorgan Chase, she worked on the Interbank FX trading desk, making moves in the foreign exchange market, then later in the cross markets in the proprietary trading group, where she traded a bevy of instruments ranging from FX spot, options, interest rate derivatives, bonds, equities, and futures.

Later in 2003, Kathy joined FXCM, where she helped set up DailyFX.com, a globally known foreign exchange research portal. She managed a team of analysts as a female pro trader and Chief Strategist, providing research and commentary on foreign exchange markets. In 2008, Kathy moved to Global Futures & Forex Ltd, providing research and analyses to clients, and managing a global foreign exchange analysis team as the Director of Currency Research. Kathy is often cited on a host of media platforms including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, Associated Press, AAP, UK Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, and many other leading news publications. Kathy is now the Managing Director of FX Strategy for BK Asset Management, and the Co-Founder of BKForex.com.

Kathy has also published an international best-selling book "Day Trading and Swing Trading in the Currency Market", along with a second publication "The Little Book of Currency Trading and Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People Beat Wall Street at its Own Game". Kathy's experience in developing trading strategies using cross market analyses, along with her years of market research in predicting economic data surprises, are the main components of her analytical techniques. She is also a valued contributor to the famous Fxstreet.com website. Follow her on Twitter @kathylienfx.

The situation is very simple. Either you are going to be a trader, or you are not. There is no middle ground here. No matter how badly you trade, the only "fatal" trading mistake you can make is blowing out your account and exhausting your equity completely. Anything short of that, you can recover from and become a profitable trader. In this article you have learnt that trading is not strictly reserved for men. We have also learnt that famous female traders possess a rock solid discipline, and are naturally more risk averse then their male counterparts. Having a trading discipline will definitely help you recover even after some serious losses. Make a plan and never forget:

You need to exercise the discipline… even if you already have it.

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