When I first met Marcello at TBEX, I was a little taken aback by the smooth-talking travel blogging stock trader, but he quickly became one of my favourite people. He blogs at Wandering Trader, and I’d definitely recommend watching his videos – he’s bloody hilarious. Marcello, 28, was born in Venzuela, is half-Spanish and half-Italian, and he grew up in Italy, Venezuela and the US.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would have the superpower to always be able to eat what I want and not get fat. That way I’d always be slender and sexy.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I guess, for life in general, fight for what you believe in. My uncle told me that. I’ve got a lot of things in life because I didn’t stop when a lot of people did. For example, day trading and travel blogging.
And for business – this isn’t something somebody told me, I read it in a book –customers don’t know what they want. You have to create and give them what they want.
For example, when I was in high school, I was in a thing called OJT (On Job Training) and taking college classes. I wanted to stop taking a couple of my regular periods so I went and asked the college warden. He said no but I’d go to his office every day with a different way to do it, and eventually he said yes.
What’s the love of your life?
Freedom and everything it stands for.
When was your happiest moment?
The day I realized I had my freedom. It was about 6 or 7 years ago when I realized I could travel anywhere and buy anything – no restrictions, just freedom.
What’s your greatest fear?
That I wont have my freedom anymore. The economic climate is really bad at the moment and I’m concerned that if it gets worse, we won’t be able to travel anymore.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Everyone says one person can’t make a difference, but I’d like to think I can. Whether that be though teaching someone to day trade and be free, or inspiring someone to travel. Even if it’s just one person, I’d like to make a difference.
Where’s your favourite place you’ve ever travelled?
I don’t think people should have a favourite place. Nowhere is perfect so I’d pick a combination of places.
I’d choose the tourist sights of Buenos Aires, the people of Colombia, the women of Brazil, the diversity of Suriname, the curiosity of Somalia, the charm of Europe, and the history of Ethiopia.