Tencil Talks: Luke Tomas Morris

Luke Tomos Morris is the founder of LTM capital. 

LTM Capital is a private investment fund based in London pursuing a diverse range of investments across global markets.

Founded in 2020 their goal is to deliver consistent returns to investors, whilst maintaining commitment to our organisation’s investment principles, which is to run clients’ money in the same way as they would look after their own. Investing in a way that ensures consistent growth rather than a sole pursuit for money.

Today we caught up with him on his career success to date. 

How did your university degree prepare you for your current role? 

LTM: My university degree in Accounting and Economics gave me the basics needed to understand how economic policy can influence the world we live in and the importance of supply and demand on a micro and macroeconomic scale. Accounting, on the other hand, gave me the understanding needed to read Balance Sheets, Profit&Loss accounts, and understanding of different accounting ratios and their importance when evaluating a company financials. 

Do you think there is enough material out there to educate young people on your role? 

LTM: For sure, you’d have to dig deep to find some things out for yourself but it is there. A lot of what I do comes best from practical experience but the literature is definitely out there. The issue for most people is either they don’t dig deep enough into the material or they’re too intimidated to start. 

What advice would you offer young people looking to work for LTM CAPITAL?

LTM: Be patient, be mentally strong, be obsessed, and love what you’re doing to a point that you’d be willing to do it for free. Also, to be a problem solver, not a problem generally helps too. Self-awareness is really important in what we do too because there are no places to hide in our work environment so having those attributes rather than a specific qualification is more important to us. 

What’s the best thing(s) about your job? 

LTM: I value both these things equally so I have to say the mobility and hours. I can trade/ invest when it suits best both my partner Aaran and I. The mobility is equally as good as I spend a lot of time in Sweden and as long as I am within an EU member state I can execute trades/ investments. I’m probably playing it down a bit too much because we do spend 10h days trading and sometimes hours can finish at 1am start at between 5am to 6am depending on market volatility but again, we have the choice of when to work and that in itself is great.  

What’s your proudest accomplishment so far? 

LTM: Easily getting our first client, to get someone to essentially hand you their money with good faith without already having an established name is difficult so to get the first client made it easier to attract any future clients we have now.  

What would it take for a good career? 

LTM: One thing I learnt after university was there are two types of people, those who want to get their bachelors degrees and masters to then work for big four companies, banks, insurance firms etc and there are those who’d rather take the risk doing something independently but not having the luxury of a good title and great company name to reassure that they’ve achieved something. My advice would differ depending on which of the two types of people I was speaking to. On the whole, go to a good university, do an internship that is key nowadays and get your 2:1 degree or above is enough to set you on a good career path anywhere. For the others, the university is important because it gives you skills and knowledge that goes beyond that of the lecture theatre but it isn’t everything if you’re extremely passionate about what you do and understand the ins and outs of it (commercial awareness) and feel you’re good enough to do that thing by yourself, then do that but you cannot do it half-heartedly. Some of the most successful people I know who work high up in Twitter, Google etc actually started in uni then dropped out then worked independently and then got hired later for their ability and skill rather than their qualifications but this isn’t the majority.

What is your favourite lunchtime spot and why? 

LTM: As I mentioned I’m in Sweden a lot and so there’s a summer house in Stockholm’s archipelago (Vindö) I like to go and I love eating lunch there and then swimming to clear my mind before starting to work again. A clear mind and consciousness are vital when trading. I will never work if I’m feeling tired or fatigued unless it’s to see market movement at 1am or 5am then I may be a bit tired then. 

Finally, we would like to thank Luke for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with us today, if you would like to hear more about opportunities that Tencil has to offer – feel free to reach out to Joel.Williams@tencil.co.uk

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