My name is Matthew J. Slabosz and I’m a 30-year-old full-time forex retail trader from Australia.
I was a musician and audio engineer before I became a trader. I thought I’d be performing in bands, producing records and running my own business in the music industry for the rest of my days.
But my life took a different and unexpected turn several years ago when a chronic pain injury disrupted my plans.
In 2015 I was forced to hang up my guitars, quit my band of 7 years, drop out of university despite my great grades and budding success in the Australian punk rock scene and leave that career path and my dreams behind.
Then somehow, after years of soul-searching – including overcoming a difficult struggle with drug addiction, a near-suicidal depression and extremely lucky timing with an investment in crypto – in 2017 I became obsessed with navigating the financial markets… and here we are.
Now, in spite of the chronic pain which still affects me to this day – I’m clean-living, full of renewed ambition, loving every minute of my work more than I ever thought possible, and making a new life for myself outside of the craft of music.
My focus is on generating long-term consistent returns with the most minimal drawdowns possible. I’m a systematic trader and I prefer operating with simple rules-based price action strategies and trading processes.
I specialize in forex trading using technical analysis, but I’m also very interested (and invested) in stocks and crypto. I run this website and operate my business by myself with the help and support of my beautiful girlfriend Jade.
I created Zen & The Art of Trading because I got bored of staring at charts all day waiting for trades, and I wanted to take my trading to the next level.
Plus I really miss being creative and going through the creative process, and creating content for the trading community fills that hole for me. I love writing and I get a kick out of recording videos and helping other traders on their journey, so it’s a healthy arrangement for me.
As for the name… I’m a passionate practitioner of Zen philosophy, and I believe that trading is an art more than a science (although it’s really a combination of both).
Three questions I ask myself before publishing my content are:
- Am I confident I know the subject I’m discussing intimately and from personal experience?
- Am I confident I got the facts straight?
- Is this content going to create value for others?
I’m passionate about being transparent, honest and humble in the face of the markets. Trading saved my life in the most literal sense, and I have the utmost respect for the craft.
That means this is not a get-rich-quick or parasitic marketing website. The content on my website is intended for committed retail traders who are extremely serious about mastering the craft of trading.
If you’re here for the easy quick-fix, you will be disappointed. And so be it. It is my belief that nothing worthwhile comes easy in this life.
That’s why I’m obsessed with trading psychology and determined to be the best I can possibly be both in trading and in life. I’m in this for the long haul. And so the theme of this website is mostly focused on trading psychology (and forex).
But I also have some lessons on how to create your own indicators in PineScript, a bunch of free TradingView indicators, a public forex trading journal, a YouTube video library and YouTube Channel as well as a number of other useful tools and resources.
Now, I’m not here to tell you that my way is the best way. Far from it – I know that there are thousands of ways to be profitable in the markets, and I still have plenty left to learn before I can call myself a master trader.
But between 2017 and now I have gone from consistently struggling trader to consistently profitable trader with the help of some great mentorship, and so I think I have an interesting and ongoing story to tell.
I plan to share it all on this blog for whoever is interested – or crazy enough to join me – in this endeavor. I want to be completely transparent throughout my trading journey and share what has worked for me (and what hasn’t).
Maybe I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made and learn from some of the insights I’ve had over the past few years, and maybe you can teach me a thing or two from your own experiences – and we can become better traders together.
I hope you enjoy your time here and that you find constant value. I’m extremely passionate about trading and I look forward to sharing my journey, insights and creations with the trading community!