I’m a quant trader, with annual income above 300k. The funny thing is
I make absolute zero contribution to the society.
I make mathematic model to trade stock, coin, etc. buy low, sell high. Just that. I do not make any products, provide any service, or run any business, zero. I simply play cards with the market, and happens to be on the winning side.
I rarely even work, just once in a while update my trading model and let the computer run. The rest of my time is spent writing motivational bullsh*t on Facebook.
Yet, people usually look at me as a successful person with great admire. They often come to me for investment advices.
And I laughed real hard (internally of course). Why such a useless person like me is being valued so much? I think it is because of people’s greed. Everyone wants to get rich without having to work hard, “let the money work while you rest”, right? So, people keep pouring their hard-earned money into the market, and I just simply need to take it from them.
I live a comfortable life now, but quite meaningless. Should I quit and do something more useful to the society? Please don’t tell me to start an investment course, I don’t want to draw more people into this “comfortable but useless” lifestyle. Somebody has to work.
Here are what netizens think:
- By trading you paid commission and by that you enable the platform you are using to profit, then enable them to feed the employees of that platform. By doing your job, you indirectly fed hundreds or thousands of employees. Moreover, by declaring income tax, you also contribute to nation building. By purchasing items for basic food and drink consumption and other needs or wants, you pay GST, you also contribute to nation building. Technically, as long as you do your part, you are already contributing to Singapore, you can always do more and volunteer to donate money, or do volunteering work.
- “please don’t tell me to start and investment course” – of course not seeing as u know jack about trading, investment or ML, think you just spend your time at MBS’ baccarat table better lah, betting on probability like the gambler you made yourself to be up there lol
- Your spending contributes to the economy and creates jobs. Isn’t what the people always say?