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26/12/16

I waited until after Christmas to bring some very sad news to light.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a close friend and one of our Market Stalkers traders Yana Pankratova, at only 29 years of age.

Yana and I got acquainted through a mutual friend who recommended me as a mentor. But as we started working together, we grew closer and closer as friends. We started exercising together, we spent our weekends together on top of mentoring and chatting for 10-12 hours a day each week while she worked for another prop trading company, trading the Market Stalkers way. She quickly picked up the methodology (faster than anyone ever before) and started generating 5-figure profits each month, after a three week bootcamp mentoring starter with me.

Yana was truly a remarkable young woman, driven beyond belief who frequently wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

Yana also had a penchant for skydiving, which was her second great passion. I remember we were talking over the phone as she was waiting for her plane ride to go home to Russia when she said: “Oh they have skydiving here, I’ll call you back, gonna go do a jump!” Who does that? Casually waiting in an airport lounge and then instead of a cappuccino, jump out of the plane! This perfectly describes her incredible personality and ambition.

Her biggest dream was to trade the markets. This burning desire was evident every moment I spent in her presence. When the going got tough at one point, she confided in me that if she suddenly couldn’t trade for whatever reason, her life would be over. Little did I know that she had less than a few months to live. Her words now ring in my head with a somewhat sinister undertone. I wish to take this opportunity to remind everyone to live your lives to the fullest, because we never know when the end game is coming. What each of us can take from Yana is that she knew what she wanted and she went after it, willing to do whatever it takes in order to reach her goals.

Although her life was cruelly cut short by a very aggressive form of stomach cancer, what she achieved during her time on Earth will forever leave a memory etched into my mind as long as I live.

The rest of the people in Blahtech referred to us as “the trading twins”, as we were both Eastern European, quite petite, with similar backgrounds and even similar names: Yana and Deeyana. Our similarities went right down to being competitive gymnasts as children and exploring more exotic ways to enhance our spirituality, including dabbling in Kabbalah and Tibetan monk practices. I will forever cherish the orthodox Christmas we spent together in January, just Yana, my husband and me, when I cooked a massive orthodox Christmas dinner including a huge salmon, mushroom soup and some pancakes just for the three of us, after she told me that no one else in London celebrates “our” Christmas. I’d only known her for a couple of months at that time but our bond was already obvious. She had just returned from a brief break in Russia. She bought me a special Russian vodka, a favourite of her father. The only vodka I am able to drink neat.

I hoped that she would somehow get better but sadly after only 4 short months of treatment, she took her last breath on Monday morning, 19th December 2016 almost exactly one week ago. Her demise eventually became quite obvious to me every time she sent a whatsapp voice message, each time sounding weaker and weaker. I was one of the very few people who knew of her horrible affliction. She confided in me as soon as she found out but asked me not to tell anyone, because she wanted people to remember her as a smiley, happy, crazy, beautiful chick who trades the markets and jumps out of planes in her spare time. Although at one point she was joking how she might start a blog entitled: “the cancer daytrader”. She had a great sense of humor and a very unique outlook on life. Brave and daring, she fought until the very end. The world has lost a special soul and I will miss her energy and ambition endlessly.

Rest in peace beautiful.