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If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation and practical advice on improving your trading results, Better System Trader delivers every week. Each episode brings you an expert trader who shares their own story, along with the steps, both good and bad, that they’ve taken on their path to success. With a focus on actionable insights, the tips and tricks used by the experts contain loads of value, providing you with insanely practical tips and tools you can start using TODAY. Improve your trading with Better System Trader.
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Jun 23, 2019

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:

  • The key factors that can accelerate trading performance,
  • Why the ‘j-curve’ is so important for developing traders and how to shortcut the process to profitability,
  • How the best traders manage the short-term discomforts of trading to achieve long-term gains,
  • Why suppressing emotions in trading can be like trying to hold a beachball underwater, and how to improve our behavioural flexibility for higher performance,
  • How situational awareness training used by the US marines can improve our trading abilities,
  • Tips to functioning at our best in a world of hyper distractions,
  • Plus, much more.
Jun 1, 2019

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:

  • The “laws” traders need to apply to make better decisions,
  • Why you're never really happy with the trades you make and what to do about it,
  • Identifying your “personal edge” and leveraging it in the markets,
  • Why traders need to integrate “storytelling” into their processes,
  • The dangers of traders “mistaking the map for the territory”,
  • How to approach a model when it’s breaking down,
  • Plus, much more.
May 19, 2019

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:

  • What makes a good entry – logic, symmetry, indicators, patterns or something else?
  • How to test the effectiveness of an entry to determine if it’s any good,
  • An unexpected way to use entries that could radically improve your trading strategies,
  • The hidden dangers of combining and optimizing exits,
  • A simple technique to determine if you could be optimizing too much,
  • Where to find enough entries and exit ideas to keep you busy for a year,
  • Plus, much, much more.

Let’s get started with my chat with Kevin on entries and exits.

Apr 12, 2019

 

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:

  • Patterns versus indicators, where they fit in a strategy and which works better,
  • Why market regime filters may not be the best approach and an alternative solution that could be better for you,
  • How to really dig deep into understanding how a strategy and market truly works and the benefits of knowing that,
  • How to determine the best time to start trading a strategy and when to stop trading it,
  • How to plan for, manage and even profit from strategy degradation,
  • Plus much more.

So, enough of the delays, lets jump right into my chat with David Bean.

Jan 27, 2019

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!

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