With the growing integration of technology in trading, the impact of retail traders and investors has continued to spur interest across the finance sector globally. This has led to increased research in the area to better understand the sub-section.

Professor Peter Swan of the University of New South Wales Business and Finance school is one of the prolific academics to take a keen interest in the retail sub-section of trading. Through the Online Trading Academy, he has overseen the training of over 80,000 students over a period of 20 years giving him quite a unique perspective of the workings of the subsection.

The Online trading Academy focuses on equipping potential individual traders with tools similar to those utilized by professional traders in wall street. Through their platform CliK, students are given a taste of real-life trading which helps boost both confidence and skill necessary for real life tr ading in the market.

To ensure consistency in their offering, Online Trading Academy has adapted a result-oriented core strategy methodology which aims at helping retail traders make smarter trading decisions. Combined with highly knowledgeable instructors, extensive online resources and an interactive setup, the Online trading Academy formula seems to be working quite well. This is demonstrated by the over 94% satisfaction rating awarded to the institution by their learners in their post class exit surveys.

The satisfactory rates from students of the Online Trading Academy stand in sharp contrast to previous research which point to retail traders being poised to lose money. A good example of this is the research paper titled “Behavior of Individual Investors” which concludes that retail traders and investors generally lose money to their institutional counterparts. This is farther complicated by another research titled, “Other people’s money: The trading performance of Household Investors vs. Delegated Money Managers” which concludes that retail traders stand to make more than institutional lenders.

This contrast brings to light the question of educated retail traders vs uneducated retail traders as well as the place of methodology in understanding the retail traders subsection.

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