Francis Hunt Talks About Valhalla

Gone are the days of risky trading partnerships and shady brokers. The future of Forex casts aside dishonesty and subterfuge in favor of transparency and integrity. Thanks to Scandinavian Capital Markets, Forex traders can feel safe, protected, and supported as they become a part of the Valhalla experience.  While other brokerages might treat their clients as numbers on a spreadsheet or as a profit center to be milked dry, the team at Scandinavian Capital Markets works as one help traders achieve their goals. The Valhalla Experience enables everyone to be a winner, by providing a high-end, concierge-level trading experience.   

By way of introduction into this new era of Forex trading, Scandinavian Capital Markets invited some of the top names in Forex trading. With opportunities to spend one-on-one time with Scandinavian Capital Markets founders Arif Ahmad and Michael Buchbinder, these lucky individuals are able to see how Scandinavian Capital Markets differs from the average Forex brokerage. From dinner with the team to tours of the office, and much needed r-and-r amongst the restaurants, spas, and sights, Vahalla participants get a bird’s eye view of the inner workings, and future aspirations, of Scandinavian Capital Markets. 

Meet Forex Expert Francis Hunt 

With over 30 years of experience, Francis Hunt prides himself on teaching his trading methodology and building a supportive community of like-minded traders. In fact, Francis established TheMarketSniper.com as an educational company designed to provide retail traders & investors with a proven, rule-based, approach to trading while also helping them foster a deeper understanding of markets and price behavior function. 

Because Francis understands the need for positive reinforcement in the often lonely, and sometimes hostile, the world of Forex trading, he was uniquely qualified to understand the intent and effort behind the Valhalla Experience. Earlier this year, he sat down with us to share his insights and observations about the Valhalla Experience.

The Macro View

For Francis, trading captured his interest at a young age. After watching his father suffer a long commute from Johannesburg to Pretoria as a state employee, Francis quickly understood that he did want to follow a similar trajectory. “Even though my father gained a high level of seniority at his job I always felt I wanted to do something different,” he says. “After all, we always think we are smarter than our fathers.”

That search for something “smarter” lead Francis to the markets. He found himself fascinated with the notion of leverage and developing an understanding of the greater game at play. He investigated how systems worked from the top level and focused on how the pistons of the global economy vacillate between the flows of trade. “I like the idea of being someone who has a macro view,” he says. “And when it comes to the Forex Market, it’s helpful to approach things from a high-in-the-sky perspective so that you can see all the terrain and watch out things play out.”

Changing the Course of Forex Industry: Best of the London Thought Leadership Conference

Our mission is to provide the very best possible Forex trading experience to institutional brokers, money managers, and professional traders. For years, avarice and excess dominated the Forex industry. It was a place where the select few controlled – and deceived – the many. Now there is a better way. Self-serving dealers are now a thing of the past. It’s no longer du jour to be a shrewd dealer or crafty brokerage owner. The Forex industry is evolving by bringing together fair players, trustworthy brokers, educated traders, and experienced money managers.

On May 7th, Scandinavian Capital Market, together with Financial Feeds, Fintech, finance, and trading industry news sources, hosted a Professional Trading Thought Leadership Conference in London as part of a crucial step to supporting and triggering a fundamental change to the Forex industry. Conference participants included decision-makers and trading heads from London’s finest, high-net-worth wealth management institutions. Institutional FX firms were also there, as well as portfolio management companies, hedge funds, non-bank market makers, and wealth management companies with long-established client bases. Proprietary trading houses, prime, and similar interested also took part. In a series of videos titled “Changing the Course of Forex Industry,” we will publish short films, interviews, and talks from the London Professional Trading Thought Leadership Conference.

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Valhalla Community: Meet Forex Expert from South Africa – Stephen Nefdt

By way of introduction into this new era of Forex trading, Scandinavian Capital Markets invited some of the top names in Forex trading. With opportunities to spend one-on-one time with Scandinavian Capital Markets founders Arif Ahmad and Michael Buchbinder, these lucky individuals are able to see how Scandinavian Capital Markets differs from the average Forex brokerage. From dinner with the team to tours of the office, and much needed r-and-r amongst the restaurants, spas, and sights, Vahalla participants get a bird’s eye view of the inner workings, and future aspirations, of Scandinavian Capital Markets.

Gone are the days of risky trading partnerships and shady brokers. The future of Forex casts aside dishonesty and subterfuge in favor of transparency and integrity. Thanks to Scandinavian Capital Markets, Forex traders can feel safe, protected, and supported as they become a part of the Valhalla experience. While other brokerages might treat their clients as numbers on a spreadsheet or as a profit center to be milked dry, the team at Scandinavian Capital Markets works as one help traders achieve their goals. The Valhalla Experience enables everyone to be a winner, by providing a high-end, concierge-level trading experience.

Meet Forex Expert Stephen Nefdt

Earlier this year, we spoke with Stephen Nefdt, owner of Forex Wealth in Cape Town, South Africa, became one of the first Valhalla Experience participants. With over 15 years of experience in all aspects of Forex Trading, Education and Trading System Development, Stephen knows what it’s like to navigate the murky waters of Forex trading.

While he began his career as a mechanical engineer, he became intrigued with trading at an early age. While he trained for the Iron Man triathlon and worked at several different engineering firms, he admits, “in the background, I was always trading stocks.”

Eventually, that part-time interest turned into a full-time career. “At first I became involved in consulting for banking, but eventually I decided to start looking at an exit,” he says. “Around 2005, I became involved in Forex on a full-time basis.”

What Stephen enjoys most about Forex trading is the energy. “In some instances, trading can be very boring, if not mind-numbing,” he says. “What I like about Forex is that it is very dynamic. There’s a lot that is involved. You have the global influences and other factors that cause the Forex markets to be fluid and multifaceted.”

Forex In Transition

With over a decade and a half in the trenches, Stephen is very rarely surprised with the ups and downs of Forex trading. Yet even though he’s seen it all, he is still astonished by the get-rich-quick attitude he sees. “Many people seem to think Forex trading is like accessing an ATM machine,” he says. “They don’t understand that you must put in the hard work to get results. There is no silver bullet that’s going to make them a millionaire overnight.”

For Stephen, prospering within the world of Forex requires discipline, wisdom, and practicality. “It frustrates me quite a bit,” he admits, “because, in Forex, you will never be bulletproof. You need to put in the work.”

Part of that work means putting in the effort to connect. And it was that opportunity of one-on-one time that sold Stephen on the Valhalla experience. “A lot of people seem to believe that in the digital age – with Skype and Facetime – you don’t have to see the person you’re working with face-to-face,” he says. “What I liked about my initial interactions with Arif and Michael was that right from the word go it was all about being genuine. It was about that 1-to-1 connection.”

Stephen in Stockholm

Once he got over his initial skepticism, Stephen embraced the Valhalla experience, particularly when it came to his interactions with the Scandinavian Capital Markets team. “This feeling of genuineness came through,” he says. “And in this day and age that is very rare.”

“I think what was really outstanding about the experience was meeting the people of SCM,” he continues. “What came across was the care: this is a company that actually cares about its people and their clients. They are genuinely trying to make a difference in the industry.”

“A lot of the Valhalla experience is embedded in the Swedish culture,” Stephen concludes. “It’s about doing business as ethically as possible. That you can have an honest business and still make money.”

Why We Created the Valhalla for the Forex Community

Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

For many seasoned forex traders, the last few decades have felt like a long, hot, slog through purgatory; burned by untrustworthy brokerages and watching helplessly as profit slips through their fingers. Those who survived are, in many ways, the wounded warriors of forex: down, but not beaten. Weary and battle-worn, but not defeated.

Because, as General Custer advises all those who’ve met with defeat: It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.

From the Ruins, An Idea Emerges

In 2011, after establishing the Wealth Management Company, Arif Alexander felt the first tremors of change. Once he’d partnered with Michael Buchbinder, the two forged ahead to build a company based on the shared values of integrity and trust, putting client needs at the top of their list of priorities.

It wasn’t an easy decision. After working for years in the traditional forex industries, both Arif and Michael knew all the obstacles, boobytraps, and landmines they would have to traverse if they wanted to create a clear path to success for their clients. But they could not ignore the whispers that soon turned into cries for change: traders detailing all the ways they’d been cheated, mislead, and bilked. They were losing money – lots of money – and didn’t know whom they could trust.

They couldn’t track, or even define, the success or failure of their efforts. Even worse, they suspected there was nobody they could turn to.

Because of their own firsthand knowledge of the industry, Arif and Michael knew the forex playbook well. And that hard-fought wisdom – combined with brutal, boots-on-the-ground, experience – is what inspired them to build for a new type of forex brokerage.

This was a cathartic moment – a grand epiphany.

They wondered, “How can we rehabilitate the forex industry and help traders succeed?”

Delving deeper, they began to question the brokerage-trader relationship at its core. We all know forex is a heady, enticing game – full of quick deals and high hopes, and more than a little bit of chicanery. Arif and Michael wondered how, in this increasingly dishonest and insubstantial forex work, where traders are beholden to confusing fee schedules and fly-by-night companies that evaporate (deposits and all) overnight, they might reintroduce trust and integrity?

The Glories of Valhalla

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic hall located in Asgard and ruled over by the god Odin. Half of those who die in combat are chosen by Odin to travel to Valhalla upon death. These lucky soldiers, led by valkyries, join legendary Germanic heroes and kings in this shining, golden land. It is a respite for the battle-weary and a bright dawn for those who are tired of fighting and have earned the glories of a new day.

The modern Scandinavian business model builds on the idea of Valhalla because it lives on a framework of security and honesty. In Sweden’s new Valhalla, customers are returned to an unharmed state, safe and secure as their guardians man the gates. In Sweden, the sins of the past are gone, but not forgotten. Solid bulwarks have been erected, and businesses – specifically investments, finance, and banking – operate under strict rules and guidelines so that everyone is on an equal playing field.

Valhalla is the vast hall guarded by wolves. It’s the cornucopia overflowing with fruits and wine. It’s long feasting tables and five hundred doors, through which endless abundance flows, capable of satisfying any thirst.

A Forex Paradise

Scandinavian Capital Markets is building a forex Valhalla. The focus of Scandinavian Capital Market’s Valhalla experience is the person, not the profit. Other brokerages see traders as numbers on a spreadsheet’s profit center to be milked dry.

The Valhalla experience, on the other hand, is all about the human side. It starts with treating clients like partners. The entire Scandinavian Capital Markets team works as one to serve them better to help them achieve their goals. Valhalla was designed to help make traders win.

More than just icing on the cake, being located in Sweden allows Scandinavian Capital Markets to provide a high-end experience to clients. The cultural aspects of Stockholm – the food, the spas, the people – are unmatched anywhere in the world. Sweden offers respite and reinvigoration, just like those ancient visitors to Valhalla.

Scandinavian Capital Markets is committed to engaging with clients that want service and quality for sustainable business. Imagine flying business or first class to Stockholm, booking an appointment at a nurturing, Swedish spa, and ending your day with a meal at a high-end restaurant and full night of restful sleep. Imagine laying your head on the pillow and knowing your business day ahead finds you working with a team of committed partners, ready to listen and plan with you. Imagine you are once again made whole – you can trust, you can rise again.