SINGAPORE - Share trading and chancing your arm in risky foreign currency markets sound like a recipe for stress, but it has not worked out that way for remisier William Chua Teck Chuan.
Mr Chua says switching from a job as a relationship manager at a local bank to broking has been a passport to a calmer life.
He had long thought of becoming a remisier while also trading for himself, but took the plunge only after the birth of his second child about two years ago.
Mr Chua, 40, says the move to become a remisier and financial adviser with Phillip Capital as well as a full-time trader allows him to play a big part in his children's lives while doing something he likes.
"I used to work from Monday to Sunday and till late on some days. Now, I try to reach home by 6pm to spend time with my kids," he says. "I am less stressed and can enjoy seeing my kids grow up."
Mr Chua, who began developing an interest in investing when he was in national service, says that while others may shy away from forex trading, he relishes the thrill of it.
"It suits me as I am the sort who cannot sit still."
He also trades local shares and does his own research, based on inter-market analysis.
It involves looking at the relationship between currencies, equities, bonds and commodities to determine the strength or weakness of the financial markets or asset classes being considered and to predict future market performance.
"The financial market has changed. It now moves very fast and everything is inter-linked. You can't rely on just technicals or fundamentals," he says.
Mr Chua has the support of his wife Christine Ng, 35. The regional marketing manager with a tourism board is a risk-taker like him.