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Brian Lund

Brian Lund is a financial writer with over 25 years of trading experience. He’s made numerous appearances on CNBC and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CNN/Money, AOL's Daily Finance, Yahoo! Finance, TRADERS Magazine and others. He’s based in Southern California.

What was the moment you realized the markets were where you wanted to be?

As a kid I used to watch this cable show, a precursor to CNBC, where they discussed stocks during market hours. I would just stare at the ticker that ran continuously across the bottom of the screen, trying to decipher what was going on. That was when I knew I was hooked on the markets.

What’s a “Golden Rule” you live by? (Could be market-related or anything else)

Never believe you are as smart as you think you are. That helps me to stay grounded, humble, and most importantly, open to learning new things.    

Who’s your investing or trading idol?

I think I have to go with Carl Icahn. I know he is a controversial figure to some, but I admire how a street smart kid from Far Rockaway, Queens, turned the world of investing and M&A on its ear. He “disrupted” Wall Street before anyone even knew what that meant.

When not working you can find me…

Desperately trying to convince my kids that I am cool.

Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you.

I've played the drums for exactly as long as I've been a trader. You would be surprised at how similar the two are. Well, not really... but it would be cool if they were. Also, I've never had a cup of coffee in my life.

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