Budding Stock Market Guru is 14 Years Old

Originally published on CityNews.ca, January 27, 2011.

He's not old enough to get a driver's licence, buy cigarettes or vote, but Julian Marchese has emerged a budding stock-market guru after eight years of feeding his passion for the numbers.

The 14-year-old from Mississauga trades stocks online, gives advice on YouTube, co-hosts a radio show about trading, and has a subscription to Forbes magazine.

But his introduction to the markets came at the age of six, when he read the investment self-help staple, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Two years later, when he saw the movie Trading Places, he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

"Since then, really, I was hooked," Julian said. "I wanted to be one of those traders."

To that end, he has taken stock-trading courses and is the youngest to graduate from the Online Trading Academy.

"I don’t see him as a prodigy. I just see him as my son," Julian’s father, Marcello Marchsese, said on Thursday.

"I think what (Julian's mother) Jacqueline and I have taught him is if you really want something you have to go after it.”

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