Issue 5 2024

12 | Acquisition International, Issue 5 2024 London Academy of Trading: Trading for Everyone The London Academy of Trading (LAT) is an award-winning, tripleaccredited provider of financial trading education. Upon its inception over a decade ago, the academy was the first in the UK to offer accredited and regulated qualifications in trading. Here, we speak to Paddy Osborn, Managing Director and Academic Dean, to find out more about LAT in the wake of its success in winning Best Trading Courses Provider, UK, in the Global Excellence Awards 2024. Email: Company: London Academy of Trading Web Address: In 2010, LAT was established to provide as many people as possible with an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and trading. The aim was to empower them with the knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions and maintain better control over their financial future. The company prides itself on its ability to deliver effective training courses and workshops, tailored towards individuals who are interested in investing, trading, or pursuing employment opportunities in the financial markets. LAT’s broad range of trading courses includes a one-week introduction to the field, a fourweek trading skills course, an accredited 12week advanced trading course, and a summer trading school. Those who successfully complete the advanced trading course and pass the necessary assessments will be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading. This is the company’s most popular programme, providing comprehensive education in financial markets and trading. For those seeking to enhance their knowledge in a specific area, LAT also offers a variety of specialist financial courses, encompassing the topics of options trading, trading psychology, cryptocurrency trading, equity investing, wealth management, volume and order book trading, and even investing in fine art. Operating in a field populated by unscrupulous providers, LAT stands out for its honesty and transparency. “We don’t promise people that they will become millionaires overnight,” explains Paddy. “There are many companies out there making all sorts of false promises about unachievable performance to entice students to join them, but we’ve always maintained a brutally honest approach. Trading is not easy, and not only do you need to understand the four pillars of trading (fundamental analysis, technical analysis, psychology, and risk), but you also need to have the personal discipline to follow your own structured trading strategy to achieve consistent profitability.” Another factor that sets LAT apart from other financial education providers is the unparalleled flexibility it provides to all students. With a new website, trading floor, and classroom facilities, the company is equipped to deliver a high-quality teaching and trading environment whilst offering the option to study online, in person, or a combination of both. Furthermore, since most of its students work full time, LAT’s courses can be paused and resumed, allowing them to study around other commitments. Alongside this, if they begin on a short course and wish to upgrade to a longer one to continue to expand their knowledge, they can do so quickly and easily by simply paying the difference in price. Finally, the company also offers flexible payment plans, including interest free credit options that allow fees to be spread over 12 months at no extra cost. Over the years, LAT has worked on several interesting projects that have contributed towards its mission of making financial and trading education accessible to all, regardless of background. For example, over the last few summers, it has partnered with a company called InvestIN to provide 150 to 200 young students with the opportunity to learn about trading. Paddy shares, “The students come to the LAT trading floor in groups of around thirty to attend a half-day Introduction to Financial Markets and Trading. The feedback has been universally positive, and we’re pleased to confirm that we’ll be welcoming InvestIN students to the academy again in summer 2024.” Looking towards the future, LAT intends to take on many more projects. One particularly exciting opportunity involves a partnership that will allow the company to provide its courses to professional sportspeople across Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Through this, LAT hopes to equip them with the knowledge they need to manage their finances during their careers and after retirement, as well as the skills required to understand and trade in the financial markets. For its continued excellence in all areas, the London Academy of Trading (LAT) has been named Best Trading Courses Provider, UK, in the Global Excellence Awards 2024. There is no doubt that the company’s future is bright as it continues to provide individuals across the world with high-quality financial and trading education.