How I started in Stocks, Economics, and businessBruce Fenton

How I started in Stocks, Economics, and business

Stocks, securities, and investing are in my blood.

My mom was a stockbroker and financial advisor from the late 70s through to the 90s. I was basically raised on the floor of the brokerage office.

I’d come home after school to moms office and ply with the Quotron machine or pink sheets. My first stock trade was at age 9 when I bought Warner Communications. I had asked my mom if I could buy stock in Atari, Warner Communications owned Atari.

By age 14 I was working as a helper in the offices, stuffing envelopes and even making phone calls. At age 19 I got my Series 7 and I’ve been licensed in some capacity ever since.

I worked at Dean Witter, which later became Morgan Stanley. In 1994 I went independent and started my own firm, Atlantic Financial. Atlantic Financial was the first full-service investment firm to use the internet and was right in the middle of the internet boom.

We focused on financial advice and emerging markets. Over time I focused more on big picture economics and advisory. By 2006 I was handling only a very small number of large clients. I was able to work on several multi-billion dollar deals and able to work at the highest levels of global business. I lived and traveled all over the world. The Middle East was a major focus for me and our firm in those years. We lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled the Gulf region for much of the year for several years.

In 2012 I discovered Bitcoin. This project combined my interest in emerging technology, finance, and free markets. By 2013 I was working full time on Bitcoin. I became the volunteer Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and began actively speaking at and hosting events. I started the Satoshi Roundtable event series and was able to meet many of the most interesting builders in the industry.

Today I’m focused on Bitcoin as money and how securities will look in a Bitcoin world. If we can make securities work better we can make capital markets and our world work better.