About the Author
Robbie Burns has been a journalist and writer since he graduated in journalism from Harlow College in 1981. After starting life as a reporter and editor for various local newspapers, from 1988 1992 he was editor of ITV and Channel 4 teletext services. He also wrote ITV s daily teletext soap opera, Park Avenue , for five years. He then went on to freelance for various newspapers, including the Independent and the Sun, and helped set up a financial news service for CNN. In 1997, he became editor of BSkyB s teletext services and set up their shares and finance service. While there he also set up various entertainment phone lines, including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer phone line that made him nearly £250,000. He left full-time work in 2001 to trade as well as run a café in London, which he later sold doubling his money on the initial purchase. While at BSkyB, Robbie broadcast a diary of his share trades, which became hugely popular.
He transferred the diary to his website, www.nakedtrader.co.uk, which became one of the most-read financial websites in the UK. Between 2002 and 2005 he wrote a column for the Sunday Times, My DIY Pension , featuring share buys and sells made for his pension fund which he runs himself in a SIPP. He managed to double the money in his pension fund from £40,000 to £80,000 in under three years, as chronicled in these articles. By mid-2014 he had turned it into £350,000. Robbie now writes a weekly column for ADVFN and runs seminars using live markets to show how he trades. Robbie has made a tax-free gain of well over £2.5 million from trading shares since 2001, becoming one of the UK s few ISA millionaires and achieving a profit every year, even during market downturns. His public trades alone detailed on his website have made more than £1.5m.