My Story

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Are you a beginner and have just started trading and it is overwhelmed with so much information to process? Are you someone who have been trading for a while but but just can't see your goals materialize?

Maybe you are planning to leave your job and start trading for a living or you just want to daytrade successfully and generate an extra income.

Or simply put, all you want is to enjoy some freedom of time, make more money and have a better quality of life.

Regardless where you are coming from and where you want to go to, I've good news: you’ve come to the right place!

I have been where you're in and have made it my mission to help people just like you skip over the overwhelming parts of trading by using my method, strategies, tools, resources and processes so that you can trade with confidence, accelerate your learning curve, make money consistently and go after your trading and life goals, whatever they are.

It is not an easy journey, but it is rewarding. Let me share my story with you...

I'm just an ordinary person who decided to have an extraordinary life.

I’m Marcelo Alvarenga, a full time day trader, trading coach, and mentor. 

I'm also the founder of Spike Trader, a company specialized in software, tools, resources, and professional trading education for traders worldwide.

I'm a family man. I'm married to my lovely wife, Caterine, and we're blessed to have one little angel with us who changed our lives forever. We all live happily and together in Orlando, Florida.

I'm not special in any way, shape, or form, but deep inside, I always believed life was much more than what I was experiencing around me. 

I was born in Brazil, and like most people from undeveloped countries, my family had so many financial struggles and I learned very early that nothing is for granted. My first job was at 13, delivering newspapers across the city and bring some money to help my family. From a very early age, I understood that if I wanted to achieve anything in life, I was supposed to roll up my sleeves and go to work.

This work ethic was a pivotal factor in climbing the career ladder in the corporate world. Although I could consider myself highly successful from a corporate career point of view, I knew I could do more with my life. I had a job but didn't have time freedom and didn't feel happy. The feeling of trusting my family's future to an employer was suffocating me.

And that's precisely where trading comes into my story...

It didn't start as I expected...

I started trading back in 2007. In my first trade, the stock I bought went up 49% in one day, which fascinated me. Nonetheless, I had much more losing than winning trades overall. I was buying and selling stock trading forums experts. They were the only way to have a sense of community and receive some trading education at that time. 

Things went from bad to worse in 2008. I had no idea that a financial crisis was approaching the world (Who knew it, right?). After seeing vast drawdowns of 10%, 20%, and 50% in my portfolio, I decided to liquidate all my positions just before the stock market recovery in 2009 and 2010.

As you can see, my first years as a trader were not very promising. Well, at least I realized, before losing all of my money, that trading is not for amateurs. The game is hard to play if you don't have a competitive advantage.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost 

Time to invest in my trading education

Despite all losing and struggles, it was crystal clear to me that I wanted to become a full-time trader. I was still fascinated by all possibilities that trading could give me. I'd do anything to achieve my goals, no matter how long they'd take.

If I wanted to stop losing trade after trade, I had to start doing something different. In 2012, I hired professional traders as my mentors to teach me all about their strategies, mindset, trading habits, routine, and how they read the market. I bought all technical indicators, trading systems, ran countless backtests, read dozens of books, and participated in several trading workshops and seminars. 

Although I was still not at the level of consistency I was aiming for, I must say that I was so close to turning things around. After learning from people more experienced than me, I gained so much knowledge about the markets developed a strong feeling that sooner or later, everything that I was so eager to conquer would eventually happen.

It was just a matter of time...

The hard work over the years and all the mentorship from professional traders, allowed me to build an excellent trading framework. I had a robust method with different strategies for different market conditions, trading execution processes, and a mental system to guide me during the day. 

Dreams that come true 

Not long after I started trading the markets with my trading method which I call the Simple Method,  things really started improving for me. I had positive results month after month. 

Then, when I finally became a consistently profitable trader, I decided to trade full-time in 2016. I left my corporate position as Senior Director in a Telecommunication company and took another critical step in my trading journey.

It has been one of the best decisions of my whole life. I was making money from home and enjoying my new life of being my own boss. I was so much happier, healthier, and fulfilled than before. 

And then, I started having an internal debate in my head. Should I share my trading knowledge with others the same way other successful traders shared theirs with me? 

I decided to give it a shot and created a small project to teach what I knew about trading to a limited group of people. We've had about 300 traders in our community, and the outcome of my first experience teaching trading was outstanding.

I was thrilled with all feedback and my students impressed me with their performance and trading achievements. 

Profitable or at Breakeven after 12 months
Student Satisfaction

Building something to be proud of...

These excellent results motivated me to start a company, build a professional educational program, and make it available for traders worldwide. This project took almost two years to be completed and the Project Full Time Trader, or simply, Project FTT, was launched. That is where I teach my method, the Simple Method, and guide my students to become consistently profitable traders.

I realized that I could change people's lives. I have heard many stories from people who lost lots of money in trading. Not all people will succeed at trading. This is a fact. But I know I can help many avoid failure, guide those serious people to a successful path and change their lives.

It took me years to start making some money with trading, but you can figure this out faster than I did. My students are not different than you, and they are killing it.

I believe that you were made for a purpose. I’m no different than you. We all have the same potential and capabilities. We just need to push through the fears and confusion and reach the next level.

I'm ready to guide you if you’re excited to do the same. It is not an easy journey, and you must do your part. But I know you’re ready to do the work. Otherwise, you wouldn't be still here reading my story. 



  • I'm a proud father of an autistic kid who makes my day every time he calls me "daddy." He changed me forever and taught me that nothing in life can be taken for granted.
  • I love traveling. I have visited 40+ countries around the world and some of them several times. 
  • I love sports. I'm a fanatic tennis, soccer, basketball, and football fan in no particular order.
  • I love dogs. One of the worst days of my life was to say goodbye to our 11-year old Golden Retriever. Miss you, bud!
  • I love writing. I have a goal on my "Bucket List" to write a book.
  • I love teaching. I met my wife in the classroom.  I was her teacher, and few a years later, we got married (true story!) 🙂

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