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The 1:10 Q&A with Miad Kasravi

By Martin Cloake

14:30, 7 December 2021

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Trader Miad Kasravi tells us about his approach to trading. Photo: Shutterstock

One person, 10 questions about trading

Miad KasraviMiad Kasravi @zfxtrading


Name: Miad Kasravi

Age: 34

Location: Scotland

Job: Trader

Links: @zfxtrading

1. What or who got you into trading?

Greed - wanting to make a lot of money very quickly.

2. When was that?

April 2012, around April Fools Day – the irony is not lost on me.

3. What market do you trade most and why?

Forex because I understand it better. Crypto because it moves better

4. How do you decide to enter or exit a trade?

I utilise a combination of positioning, sentiment, and macro data to develop a relative profile indicating which currency is most likely to outperform the others.


43,631.90 Price
+3.820% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 106.00


0.63 Price
-0.730% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0753%
Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.01168

Oil - Crude

73.23 Price
-0.390% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0224%
Short position overnight fee 0.0005%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.030


15,840.80 Price
+0.120% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0263%
Short position overnight fee 0.0041%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 1.8

5. Which trading influencers do you follow?

None in particular.

6. What was your most successful trade?

The most successful trade, not in monetary terms but superb execution, was when the North Korean foreign minister gave a speech at the UN indicating they would go to war with the US. I quickly bought gold and made a few thousand dollars in minutes.

7. What was your worst trade?

Closing bitcoin too early.

8. What is the biggest lesson you've learned from trading?

To generate money, I need to be aggressive when I’m feeling the most confident.

9. What do you think are some of the biggest myths about trading?

Trading is a hoax, or no one can earn money trading. I make money by trading.

10. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone just starting?

Find that one setup that provides tremendous rewards, even if it only appears once a year, and lean into it.

Read more: The 1:10 Q&A with David Jones

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2020.10 USD
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The difference between trading assets and CFDs
The main difference between CFD trading and trading assets, such as commodities and stocks, is that you don’t own the underlying asset when you trade on a CFD.
You can still benefit if the market moves in your favour, or make a loss if it moves against you. However, with traditional trading you enter a contract to exchange the legal ownership of the individual shares or the commodities for money, and you own this until you sell it again.
CFDs are leveraged products, which means that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of the CFD trade in order to open a position. But with traditional trading, you buy the assets for the full amount. In the UK, there is no stamp duty on CFD trading, but there is when you buy stocks, for example.
CFDs attract overnight costs to hold the trades (unless you use 1-1 leverage), which makes them more suited to short-term trading opportunities. Stocks and commodities are more normally bought and held for longer. You might also pay a broker commission or fees when buying and selling assets direct and you’d need somewhere to store them safely.
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