What makes us different?
Why do we do what we do?
We have a passion for trading, and a passion for passing on our knowledge in an exciting, interesting, interactive way; whether through our succinct online courses or our face-to-face courses complete with multiple state-of-the art trading simulations. We love to discover, motivate and mentor future traders.
Who are we?
Well everyone who works for TwoTwoFive has at one time or another been a trader at BP, so we have plenty of experience trading physical commodities, paper, options; you name it, we’ve traded it! Our trading experience sets us apart from the crowd, with plenty of real-life anecdotes, plus the occasional well-placed joke (there’s a cracker about a refinery!) setting the scene for a structured, yet informal, high quality training session; or a colourful fun interactive online course.
We have to talk…
We’ve always wanted to make all our courses as interactive as possible, but at times there is no getting away from someone having to explain trading concepts. We try really hard to keep the speaking and words to a minimum, whilst ensuring you all fully understand the principles. Lectures are generally a maximum of 45 mins, this being the max amount of time an adult can concentrate, before switching off! Our online modules are punctuated with pictures, exercises and videos.
You get to play….
Everyone on our face-to-face course loves playing the trading simulations – they are always the most popular part of our courses, allowing you to put into practice what you’ve learnt during the lectures. They can last anything between 20 mins and 3 hours and are played individually or in teams. You will become totally immersed in the simulation, experiencing the physiological highs and lows of a commodities trader; The thrill of making money…, that tense, nervous, knot-in-the-stomach feeling when you’re holding a loss-making position…, should I sell now for a loss?…, or am I right and the market is about to turn in my favour?! All these emotions are very real when you play a TwoTwoFive trading simulation.
It can be stressful….
It has been said that war consists of long stretches of boredom punctuated by brief periods of terror – much the same can be said of trading.
Pressure and the physiological impact of trading is part of the reason some people love it so much. As traders place trades, testosterone is released into the body, adrenalin surges into the blood and the stress steroid cortisol trickles out of the adrenal gland. As this cortisol reaches the brain, the pleasure chemical dopamine is released. Cortisol and dopamine together are hugely addictive for the brain and provide that “buzz” that comes with putting on positions. However (and there is always a ‘but’!) prolonged exposure to cortisol can have a hugely detrimental effect on your health.
On our advanced and assessed courses we strive to educate our course delegates in awareness, monitoring and stress management to ensure longevity and good physical health. We are trained HRV (Heart Rate Variability) practitioners – HRV is the best non-invasive measure of the Autonomic Nervous System, the main controller of health and performance functions.
So what’s in it for you….
On our online courses you get succinct and interactive modules which get straight to the point, explaining trading concepts in a language that you can understand.
If you attend one of our face to face courses you get interactive, high quality education plus the chance to play trading simulations so you can put into practice what you’ve learnt. You are coached by highly motivated and engaging TwoTwoFive staff and get invaluable interaction with your fellow delegates; other industry participants.
Finally, we have our assessed courses. Not only will you get the same high-quality education but also a full and very comprehensive report on your trading abilities.
This high-quality commercial skills evaluation taken over 3 to 5 days (client dependant) enables us to produce a written report and analysis of your strengths and weaknesses observed and compared to the 1,000+ delegates we have previously assessed within the commodity trading industry.
Delegates also complete an online PRISM questionnaire; your responses generate a map of your brain, detailing your preferred behaviours. It is a powerful tool for career development and planning. We use the brain map along with our trading assessment observations to explain your performance and development potential during the course.