Movers & Shakers Interview with Bharath Jayaram

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

Bharath Jayaram, 27. I’m a stock market trader, investor, speaker, and mentor.

What exactly does your company do?

Having graduated from NTU with a major in Computer Science, I entered the corporate world doing an IT job-based in SGX. Not being satisfied with the job, I turned to trade in the US markets after my work. After much experimentation and practicing my craft, I was able to consistently make more money than my salary in 18 months which empowered me to let go of my IT job.

I developed my own proprietary indicators and strategies which is what gives me an edge in the markets. The biggest reason why people lose money in the stock markets is that they do not have an edge. My personal struggle to gain the essential trading knowledge to get started in the markets inspired me to set up “TradeShifu”. The aim has been to educate individuals with the necessary information that one would need to effectively trade in the US markets. There are various levels of training courses available for people at different levels of experience. Apart from coaching and mentoring, we also consult for individuals or corporations who are looking at diving into the stock markets.

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge I faced was explaining to my family that I had quit my full-time stable IT job to pursue a career in trading the stock market. Having grown up in a traditional Indian family, and my dad who worked the same job for 39 years before retiring, this seemed to be a drastic change. Not only that, but my dad had also lost a considerable part of his savings early on in his career by trying his hand in the stock markets. But over the last two years of TradeShifu’s growth, the results I have been able to generate has put their mind to ease a little.

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

I wish someone could have told me about the realities of a job and that the salary should be the last thing that you want to look at before choosing one. I also felt that university was a huge let down in terms of what life skills it equipped you with when you graduated and yet had no idea what money was, how you manage them let alone figuring out how to do your resume and interview.

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

My biggest influence has definitely been Robert Kiyosaki. I am so glad that I read the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” right when I started working. There was so much I could relate to in the book and once I re-read that another 2 times, my whole perspective on life had changed. And thus, I began my quest towards living a life by design and not default. Had I not read that book, I would probably be working my IT job right now.

I also greatly admire and look up to Tony Robbins, Jack Ma, and Colonel Sanders. It is not for what they have achieved, it is for how much they failed before they went on to become what they are right now and keeps me grounded and inspired.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

There are many people who greatly impacted me in my life. I am particularly grateful for my brother Kaushik Jayaram who has been very supportive of my adventurous journey. And my high school biology teacher, Malathy Narayan who has taught me great values like discipline, persistence, hard work and most importantly humility.

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

The happiness that I see in my students/clients would be the greatest success in my life. The joy and satisfaction when clients tell you that they have profited from my system are very rewarding. Over the last few months, I have also had a few of my students tell me that they are quitting their full-time jobs as they have had great success by implementing my systems in the stock market. That is truly what a mentor loves to hear and when I hear that some of my students are doing better than me, it just makes my soul calm knowing that I have been able to make a positive influence in the life of others.

How can people contact you?