Ashish Goyal: the blind trader on Wall Street

How could a visually challenged guy trade on Wall Street?

Ask Ashish Goyal. He was the one diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa when he turned 9. He was the one used to swim, cycle, ride horses and shoot when “balls started disappearing from his field of vision, the lines in his text books began blurring and he was tripping over things and walking into people.” He was the one who entered college with 15 friends and left with 5.

“It’s only one sense you’ve lost. Don’t look at this as a problem and sit with it. Find a solution,” his mentor and spiritual guide Balaji Tambe told him when Goyal had asked “Why me?” So Goyal worked with the ING Vysya, a privately owned Indian multinational bank based in Bangalore that has merged with the Kotak Mahindra Bank last April 1, 2015 (the combined entity will bear the name Kotak Mahindra Bank); finished his studies at the Wharton Business School, Philadelphia; and became a trader of the JPMorgan Chase & Co.

An “eternal optimist”, as he describes himself, Goyal was honored with the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by no less than President Pratibha Patil of India last December 3, 2010. He was also a recipient of the Joseph P. Wharton Award, an annual recognition to a student who symbolizes “Wharton’s way of life”.

Since he had come to believe that “a little bit of help can make a big difference,” Goyal has raised more than $50,000 over the past three years to help the underprivileged Indian children study, and the global disability research and international peace continue its mission.

To date, Goyal is a portfolio manager with the BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd., a leading macro hedge fund. The 34-year-old tennis star wanna-be still enjoys “watching sports, staying abreast of public policy and keeping an eye on human rights violations.” Goyal is also already married to a girl, “who saw him as just a regular guy with his own set of challenges”.

“The challenges are to realize where I can add value and where I don’t. You need to find your niche.” ~Ashish Goyal

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Ankit Jain

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