This podcast episode made me think back to the very first computer I bought in my high school days.
We’re talking about the mid-1980, when computers were still relatively new.
Actually, my first computer was a commodore 64 (how good were they!), which my parents bought me, but the first computer I actually bought myself was a pretty serious computer at the time. It cost about 3 or 4 thousand dollars, which back then was quite a bit of money. And this computer only had a fraction of the power that we have in our mobile phones these days, but back then it was one of the fastest you could get.
Anyway, this computer had a special switch on the front of the case, it was called the 'Turbo' switch. I’m not exactly sure how it worked, but when some programs were running slow, I could flick the turbo switch on and it would accelerate the performance of the computer.
And I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could have a ‘Turbo’ switch for trading, where we could just flick the switch and instantly boost our performance?
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Well, I don’t think such a switch exists unfortunately, but there are definitely things we can do to accelerate our performance, and that’s exactly what we’re discussing today with our special guest and leading performance coach Steve Ward.
Steve has over 25 years of teaching, coaching and training experience.
He works with traders, fund managers and banking professionals across the globe, helping them to improve their decision making, risk taking and ability to achieve and sustain high performance.
Steve’s work is focused on delivering evidence-based practical strategies and tactics, and in this podcast episode we discuss a number of performance accelerators in trading.
Here’s some of the things you’ll discover:
In this podcast episode we’re going to be talking about something incredibly fundamental to traders.
It’s something we have to do all the time as traders, and it can have such a huge impact on our trading performance. In fact, it doesn’t just impact trading, it can impact ALL aspects of our lives.
So, what is it? Any ideas?
It’s decision making.
Now I don’t need to explain the importance of decision making, it’s pretty obvious… I’m sure we’ve all made good and bad decisions over time and had to live with the consequences, but as traders, what can we do to improve our decision making?
Well, in this podcast episode we’re joined by special guest Agustin Lebron.
Agustin began his career as a trader and researcher at one of the worlds largest market-making firms - Jane Street Capital. Over the years he has traded many different kinds of securities and has created, developed and implemented successful trading strategies.
In my chat with Agustin you'll discover:
Glad you could join us today for a discussion on what is probably one of the most popular topics in trading, and that is entries and exits.
Traders love talking about entries, but the truth is, when you dig deeper and test them out, you might just discover lots of entry and exits techniques either don’t actually work very well at all or don’t work as well as expected.
So, how do traders know what makes a good entry or exit?
How do we go about building effective entries and exits for our trading strategies?
Well, in this podcast episode we dig deeper into entries and exits with special guest Kevin Davey.
Kevin has just released a book on entries and exits, so we’re going to dig into that a little and discuss a number of other aspects of entries and exits too, including:
Let’s get started with my chat with Kevin on entries and exits.
Our special guest for this episode has done some really interesting work into strategies that manage trading strategies based on their current performance.
This can have a huge impact on performance results, but what does it actually mean, how does it work and how can we do it?
Well, David Bean from Capstone Trading Systems is joining us to explain exactly that, plus he’s going to share a whole lot more, including:
So, enough of the delays, lets jump right into my chat with David Bean.
I just want to start by saying happy new year! I know it was a few weeks back, but I hope you’ve had a good start to the year and I wish you all the best for 2019.
Now I’m really excited to be sharing this episode with you for a number of reasons.
I think it’s very timely considering this is the time of the year where we make new years resolutions. We reflect on where we are and what we want achieve. Perhaps we’ve set some goals and started achieving some of those, or maybe even broken some of them already.
In this episode we’re going to be talking about what it takes to be the best, or perhaps I should say YOUR best.
We’re going to be talking about high performance trading, what it takes to have a successful trading career over the long term.
And joining us for this chat is one of the best, Linda Raschke.
As I’m sure you know, Linda has experienced a very high level of trading success throughout her career. There aren’t too many traders around who can say they’ve had the level of performance, success and longevity that Linda has had, so she’s really an excellent person to discuss this with us today.
She’s going to share some stories with us, and some valuable trading wisdom which I’m sure you’ll find valuable, so let’s jump straight into my chat with Linda, hope you enjoy it!
With so much focus often on the actual trading strategies or investments, portfolio construction can sometimes become an afterthought… or not even considered.
However, as we’re going to hear about today, portfolio construction and optimization has the potential for huge increases in wealth...
But there are a number of aspects we need to carefully consider if we want to maximise the potential of portfolios.
Joining us today as our special guest is Adam Butler, CIO from quantitative asset management company Resolve Asset Management.
Adam has published some interesting research on portfolio construction and optimization, and he’s even provided a portfolio optimization framework that can guide investors and traders towards the appropriate optimization method.
In my discussion with Adam today, you’re going to discover:
With recent market stock market actions, talk again is turning to whether this is just another correction.
Will the bull market resume or are we in the beginning stages of a bear market?
In this episode we have a timely look at the market with Troy Bombardia from investment research firm Fundamental Capital and the website BullMarkets.co.
Troy has been working in his family’s hedge fund for 10 years now, and applies a unique mix of Fundamentals, Technicals, and Statistics to his trading models.
In my discussion with Troy today, you’re going to discover:
Joining us today as special guest is Michael Grech from Quantopolis.
Mike is a quantitative trader with a background in signal processing and computer modelling, and in our chat you'll discover a number of interesting topics, including:
We cover a lot in this episode so check out my chat with Michael Grech.
A common dream sold to traders, especially when they’re starting out, is the dream of sitting back on the beach sipping cocktails while our trading systems go to work and make us money.
While certain aspects of that dream are possible, for example automated trading, traders still need to do a lot of work to get to that point.
We’ve got to research the markets, find trading edges, do testing and robustness checks, monitor strategies and systems, tweak and adjust where required...
It’s really not as simple as the dream sounds.
But with recent advances in technology, including AI, machine learning and quantum computing, are we close to having fully autonomous trading systems?
That is, can systems really learn trading rules themselves, find profitable edges and trade them, while we do sit back on the beach, boat or couch sipping cocktails and counting our money?
In this podcast episode we're going to explore how recent advances in technology are impacting the trading space now and where it could be taking us in the future.
And to do that we have special guest Dr Tom Starke from AAAQuants.
Tom specialises in AI and machine learning solutions and he has some interesting insights to share with us, so let’s get started now and jump over now to my chat with Dr Tom Starke.
In this episode we’re going to be talking about the pits.
The trading pits may be closed (or most of them are anyway) but there is a lot of history there. There are lots of stories and events that occurred in the pits over the years that we can still learn from today.
On this podcast episode we have special guest Damon Pavlatos who has been extensively involved in the commodity and financial futures industry since 1978.
He has held Exchange Memberships on the CME, CBOT and Mid America Exchange.
Not only did he trade on the floor for himself but he also executed for some of the biggest players around, including Paul Tudor Jones, Louis Bacon, Monroe Trout, Toby Crabel and others.
In Damons 40+ years of experience he’s seen a lot, and he’s experienced a lot too. So, in our chat today he’s going to share some interesting stories from the floor, and some valuable lessons for traders of all levels of experience too.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Damon are:
We cover a lot in this episode so let’s jump over now to my chat with Damon.
Ever wonder how the ‘other side’ trades?
I suppose it depends what ‘trading world’ you live in but in this episode we’re exploring 2 different worlds - the institutional world AND the private trading world.
And joining us to do that is special guest Petra Zacek.
Petra started out in the institutional world and in this episode she shares some interesting stories and lessons about her time there.
But now that she’s a private trader she’s also going to share some insights into trading her own account and the transition from institutional to private trading.
Some of the things you’ll hear in our chat today are:
So let’s jump over to my chat now with Petra.
Quite often the focus for traders are the technical aspects of trading - indicators, back-testing procedures, robustness checks, statistics, trading platforms, infrastructure etc.
All of these aspects can have an impact on trading performance.
However, there are other aspects of trading too that often go unrecognised, ignored, and can have a huge impact on our performance no matter how good our strategies are.
What are they?
Joining us today to discuss high performance trading is Mandi Pour Rafsendjani.
Mandi is a trader, speaker and peak performance trading coach who works with independent traders, prop trading firms and hedge funds to improve their trading performance.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Mandi are:
So let’s jump over now to my chat with Mandi on high performance trading.
"Backtesting trading strategies does not work!”
Got your attention?
Maybe you agree with this statement.
Perhaps you strongly disagree and you’re currently heading out to the backyard to grab your pitchfork.
Or maybe you’re shaking your head thinking ‘what the heck swanny, have you finally lost it man?’.
Well, the good news is I haven’t lost it (yet). We're going to dive deeper into this statement in the podcast episode today.
But first, I'd like to introduce our guest - John Ehlers.
John is a friend of the show. He’s been a guest multiple times, discussing topics such as cycles, indicators and digital signal processing. In our chat today we’re going to tackle robustness and also intraday trading.
Some of the things you’ll hear on the show today are:
So lets jump over to my chat now with John Ehlers.
As Warren Buffet once said: "the stock market is a manic depressive.”
The market can be full of euphoria and greed one moment, and switch to fear and panic the next.
This can often be a time of danger and high-risk for some traders, but for other traders it’s a time of immense opportunity.
In this podcast episode we’re joined by special guest Larry Connors.
Larry has over 30 years in the financial markets industry and has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, & many others.
He has been providing high-quality, data-driven trading research for over 15 years, and I’m sure that many BST listeners have a stack of his books on their bookshelf. I definitely do!
In my chat with Larry you'll discover:
In this podcast episode we’re going to be talking about strategy design and different ways to look at the markets, and joining us as our special guests is Rikard Nilsson from Autostock.
Rikard trades all different styles and markets, and has even built his own trading platform with some interesting features he’s going to share with us.
Plus he’s going to share some interesting ideas on how he looks at the markets, some of which you may not have heard of before, including:
A huge part of algorithmic trading is all about stacking the odds in our favour.
Finding statistical edges, identifying times when probabilities indicate that market conditions are either favourable for a trade or perhaps unfavourable for a trade.
And although probabilities aren’t certainties, they can still be an important guides for traders, so joining us as special guest for this episode is Scott Hodson from Probable Trades.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Scott are:
In this episode we’re going to be talking about holey strategies and portfolios.
Now, when I say "holey" I’m not talking about religion, divine intervention, holy grails or anything like that, although we could probably apply todays topics to those type of strategies that need divine intervention (and who hasn’t had a strategy like that at some point?).
No, when I say "holey" I mean something with a hole in it, like a bucket that has a hole in the bottom.
When you put water or some other liquid into that bucket, obviously it starts leaking, reducing the performance of that bucket and today we’ll be discussing holes in trading strategies and portfolios that could be reducing trading performance.
Joining us as special guest for this episode is Ryan Moffett from Blackpier Capital.
Ryan has spent the last 12 years specializing in designing and trading robust strategies, working with and being mentored by traders out of the CBOE as well as hedge fund managers out of New York and California.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Ryan are:
Confidence is a powerful thing – when people have it they can do some pretty amazing things, but on the opposite side, a lack of confidence can be debilitating too, and for traders it can have some similar effects, especially when the performance of a strategy starts to suffer and a trader has money on the line.
So, what can we do about this?
How can we have more confidence in the strategies that we build and trade? Confidence that we’ve built strategies that are robust. Confidence to continue trading strategies during the periods when strategy performance may be struggling.
Our special guest for this episode is Adrian Reid from Enlightened Stock Trading, and in our chat Adrian is going to enlighten us on building trading strategies that we can have confidence in.
We’re not just going to talk about trading psychology here, but Adrian will be sharing practical aspects of system design and validation, that can give us more confidence in the strategies that we create and trade live.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Adrian are:
Predictive modelling is used in many aspects of our lives today..
in the banking and insurance industries to assess the risks and behaviours of customers…
in marketing to anticipate customer purchasing behaviours…
in meteorology to forecast the weather…
in fact there are too many applications to list here but predictive modelling has the potential to be applied pretty much anywhere, even in the markets.
Now you may be saying ‘wait, I’m not in the business of predicting, my trading is all reactive, I don’t predict, I just follow the markets’.
I’m not going to go into that argument today but before you make any decisions or judgements about this episode I invite you to take a listen because we discuss the predictability of indicators, and some of the things you’ll hear in our chat about indicators are very interesting, no matter how you use them in your own trading.
Our guest for this episode is John MacLeod. John has a background in using Predictive Modelling, working as a consultant to develop predictive models in consumer banking and mass marketing, and has applied this expertise to the stockmarkets as well.
Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with John are:
I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ve had some interesting times in the markets so far this year.
There has been an increase in uncertainty, higher volatility and even outside of the markets there have been a number of events that seem to be impacting the markets.
Some traders may be seeing the current market environment as riskier than it has been in the recent past, while other traders may be enjoying the increased opportunity, but whichever way you look at it, there is something that all traders need to consider if they want to last a long time in this business, and that is how to protect capital through proper risk management.
The guest on the show this episode is risk management expert Aaron Brown, who has worked for JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and even spent 10 years as risk manager for quant based hedge fund AQR.
In our chat today we’re going to cover some interesting and practical aspects of Risk and Risk Management, and how we can plan for and protect ourselves, which you may find incredibly timely given recent market developments. Some of the things you’ll discover in my chat with Aaron are:
One of the biggest issues we have as systematic and algorithmic traders is that the markets are dynamic and constantly changing, however its quite common to build trading strategies that are static and are designed to take advantage of an optimal set of conditions which don’t actually last very long, if at all.
This can cause periods of good and poor performance as trading strategies fall in and out of sync with the markets, so it makes logical sense to try including some adaptive elements into trading strategies to help them adjust better to the markets as they change.
Our guest for this episode is Jane Fox, aka Trader Janie.
Jane runs the website Quantitrader, and is here to share some of the techniques she uses to add dynamic abilities to her trading strategies, plus we discuss some other important topics too, including:
The discovery of DNA as well as the understanding of its function and structure may be one of the most important discoveries of the last century.
As researchers continue to unlock its secrets, the applications to the scientific, medical, agricultural and forensics fields has been enormous.
From enabling the breeding of animals and crops that are better resistant to disease, to being able to accurately identify criminals and victims, and even to detect diseases early on and create breakthrough treatments for diseases that were previously considered lethal, DNA research is having a huge effect on mankind.
But just as scientists are getting a better understanding of DNA and it’s potential applications, can traders apply the same to the markets?
One of the topics we discuss in this podcast episode is the 'DNA approach’ to trading. What is it, how can we understand it and what are the benefits?
To discuss this topic plus a number of others, we're joined by Bruce Vanstone from Vanstone Trading.
Bruce is a trader, consultant and university lecturer in Computational Finance and Big Data. He’s published a number of research papers and trading systems, and presented material at a number of non-academic conferences. He also consults to a boutique funds management business, trading personally and at a larger fund management level.
In our chat with Bruce you’ll discover:
Let’s head on over to my chat with Bruce.
The idea for this podcast episode has its roots in a trip I made to the States last year.
I was at a conference and one of the speakers was 1993 Karate World Champion Ricardo Teixeira.
Ricardo was explaining how he came about becoming World Karate Champion and he shared his #1 secret to achieving this success, any ideas what it was?
It was something that sounds incredibly boring, but it produces big results, and that is:
Mastering the fundamentals.
Ricardo explained that leading up to the World Championships, he spent months and months just practising the core fundamental moves. He wasn’t practising all those complicated, fancy looking moves you see in the Hollywood films.
He spent weeks just practising a punch...
Until he became so great at it that nobody else could beat him.
I think this “mastering the fundamentals” approach has strong applications to trading too.
Many traders, especially when starting out, think that the latest software or fanciest indicator is going to guarantee their success, but over time I think we realise that there are some core fundamentals to trading which really bring the results, and perhaps from time to time we even forget them too, so today we’re going to discuss some fundamentals with our guest Martin Lembak.
Martin is in a very interesting position because he has access to hundreds of different trading strategies, being traded live in the markets, so he’s in a very exclusive position to see what works and what doesn’t.
In our chat today you’ll here:
So, let’s get started, over to my chat with Martin.
We have a really interesting one here for you today, one that may challenge your existing thoughts on trading models.
I know this episode has certainly made me think about it from a different angle, so I hope you enjoy this.
Our guest for this episode is Kevin Saunders from Tribelet Capital.
Kevin is a specialist in electronic trading across many international exchanges, co-founding Non Correlated Capital in 2009, which later became a licensed CTA with more than USD 40 million under management.
He has won a bunch of awards for his trading and academic achievements, and he also developed a program here in Australia called the “Joey Experiment” which we’re going to talk a little bit about as well.
In our chat today you’ll discover:
Sounds interesting? Well let’s get started, and jump over now to my chat with Kevin.
In this podcast episode we’re going to be talking about something that can have a huge impact on the markets and on trading strategies. It’s something that can happen very quickly and cause a lot of damage, and that is spikes in volatility.
And our special guest to discuss volatility spikes today is Andrew Thrasher, who published a research paper called ‘Forecasting a Volatility Tsunami’, which won the Charles Dow award in 2017.
Whenever the VIX is at low levels we here all about in the mainstream media, with the implication that it’s about to rise, however a low level in the VIX alone doesn’t necessarily mean volatility is going to increase, and in our chat today Andrew is going to explain why and he’s also going to share his research and the 3 key factors that can actually improve predictions of volatility spikes.
In our chat today you’ll here: