One lazy Sunday afternoon, five buddies met for a few beers at the old Bowring Institute in Bangalore.
“How are you managing your shorts in Nifty?” asked one, and the group spent the next two hours discussing trading.
“We should do this more often,” said another, at the end.
In 2012, Traders’ Carnival was born and over one hundred traders got together to share their trading experiences. It ended up as a two-day affair, at the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield, Bangalore. This passionate group would be huddled discussing the markets till 2am, and be ready for a 7am start. Enough beer, now some coffee, please!
There were ten experts, who shared their strategies with the group. Of the original participants, over half continue to trade professionally. We thought, let’s do it every year, and do it in different cities. And that’s how Traders’ Carnival came to be.
In 2013, some 120 traders from all over the country met at the Marriott in Pune. TC, as it was popularly abbreviated, became a three-day residential program.
In 2014, we headed for the beach. Goa! 145 traders at the picturesque Radisson Blue in Cavellosim. 3 days of brainstorming, networking, and learning. Of course, the beer continued.
In 2015, TC had its biggest and widest audience. More than 200 participants from Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities met at the luxurious ITC Maratha in Mumbai. A huge learning and networking experience for all it was!
We asked everyone where should we hold the next edition of TC? The group voted for Bangkok!
For 2016, Bangkok it was! Great locales, quite a few international speakers (btw, even Indian speakers are international speakers at Bangkok, right? :)) And even a private networking cruise (see the video here when AnujSinghal, Stocks Editor of CNBC India interviewed the Traders Carnival Core Team on the ship.