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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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Jul 5, 2015

Performance coach Rande Howell discusses the most common issues limiting trader performance, the impact of emotions on trading, the importance of managing process not outcome and tips on changing our physiology to improve performance.

Topics discussed

  • The most common issues impacting trader performance
  • What causes hesitation when taking trades
  • How to calm the emotions when trading
  • An easy way to monitor changes in emotions
  • The impact of breathing on emotions and trading
  • A simple trick to disrupt fear
  • Patience and boredom in trading and how to overcome them
  • Are you an African Lion or an American Cougar when trading?
  • Personal traits that don’t align well with trading success
  • How successful traders handle drawdowns
  • The stage in a traders journey where performance coaching provides the most value
  • What successful traders need to watch out for to continue operating at their peak
  • How overconfidence and euphoria can destroy your trading
  • Tips for getting prepared for the trading session

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Jun 29, 2015

Andreas Clenow is a hedge fund manager who specialises in developing and trading quantitative strategies across all asset classes.

Before joining the hedge fund world by establishing his own hedge fund he maintained Global Head positions at Reuters and Equis International.

He is the author of two books, the first being international best seller ‘Following the Trend’ and the second ‘Stocks on the Move’ has just been released.

In this episode Andreas talks about trend following in stocks, why traditional approaches don't work and what you can do to account for this. We also talk about trading concepts, cash vs risk allocation, position rebalancing and building robust strategies.

Topics discussed

  • The origins of trend following and why a traditional trend following approach doesn't work on stocks
  • Why it’s a bad idea to think in terms of cash allocation and the solution
  • Position rebalancing, why, how and when
  • How hedge funds look at position sizing compared to retail traders
  • Why pyramiding positions doesn't make sense
  • How to get a more realistic understanding of performance results than just a backtest report can provide
  • How a random number generator can beat the mutual funds
  • How to ensure you strategies are robust and not curve-fit
  • Handling large losses or periods of drawdown
  • The role of critical thinking in trading

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Jun 21, 2015

Dr Ernest Chan talks about many aspects of quantitative trading, including how market crises impact momentum strategies and how to manage the impacts, when to use stop-losses and when they don't make sense, automating trading, managing funds in a portfolio of strategies and a simple money management approach which aims to limit drawdowns while maximising returns.

Topics discussed

  • Where to find trading ideas
  • The first aspect of a market to identify before building a strategy for it
  • Momentum crashes and the performance of momentum strategies after a financial crisis
  • How to manage the times when momentum strategies aren’t working
  • When stop losses should be used and when they don’t make sense
  • How to limit drawdowns while maximising growth
  • Factors to consider when automating your trading
  • How independent traders can avoid competing with the big trading firms
  • When you need to worry about market microstructure and when it doesn’t matter
  • Managing funds for a multi-strategy portfolio
  • The hardest part of trading

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Jun 14, 2015

Ralph Vince talks about position sizing, how to choose a position sizing model that suits you, optimalf, the curve and how it can be used for maximum growth and other applications. The risk of multiple strategies in a portfolio and how to manage it, dynamic position sizing, martingale strategies and how Ralphs views on money management has changed in the past 25 years.

Topics discussed

  • The single biggest factor in trading which is also probably the most overlooked
  • The most important factor when determine position sizing
  • How horizon impacts position sizing
  • How Optimalf is only one point on the curve and other critical points you also need to consider
  • Traversing the curve and how it applies to your trading criterion
  • How to manage a portfolio of multiple strategies
  • The risk of multiple strategies and how to manage it
  • Trading the equity curve
  • Dynamic position sizing
  • When Martingale strategies make sense
  • How Ralphs views on money-management have changed in the past 25 years

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Jun 7, 2015

Perry Kaufman discusses market noise, the impact it has on trading styles and how it can be used to determine which strategies suit a particular market. We also talk about price shocks and how to mitigate their effects, how to use volatility in your favour, volatility parity for position sizing, the information ratio for strategy performance and some strategy ideas you can test yourself.

Topics discussed

  • How market noise impacts trend following and mean reversion
  • The effects of money flow during a crisis
  • The types of strategies that work best in new markets and why
  • How the efficiency ratio can be used to determine the best type of strategy for a market
  • The best markets for trend following and mean reversion
  • What strategy style to choose if you're just starting out
  • Using Volatility Parity for position sizing
  • Impacts and dangers of price shocks on backtesting and how to handle them
  • Mitigating the risk of price shocks
  • Using the Information Ratio to measure strategy performance and detect possible over-fitting
  • The effects of volatility on strategies and how to use volatility in your favour
  • Fractal Geometry
  • High Frequency Trading
  • And some strategy ideas you can test

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

May 31, 2015

Gary Antonacci discuss all things momentum; the different types of momentum and their individual applications, how they can be combined, how momentum can be refined, the benefits and challenges of momentum, why momentum works and much more.

Topics discussed

  • The different types of momentum and their use
  • How to combine them for better performance
  • How Dual Momentum protects in a bear market
  • The benefits of Dual Momentum
  • The impact of lookback periods and rebalancing
  • Using Dual Momentum with other asset classes
  • Reducing the impact of mean reversion in stocks
  • Why momentum works and is likely to continue working in the future

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

May 24, 2015

Gary Stone discusses market timing, why it works, the impact it can have on strategy performance and simple methods you can test for yourself. We also discuss the misinformation published by some fund managers and how you can outperform the majority of professional fund managers using very simple techniques. Gary also explains the importance of perspective and how it can improve your trading and we get some tips on one of the most important components to executing your trading plan correctly.

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

May 17, 2015

Rob Hanna tells us how he comes up with so many trading ideas, the type of market behaviours to look out for and his favourite piece of information in a backtest report (clue: it’s not a number). He also discusses how a confluence of ideas can improve trading results, how to look at market behaviour from different angles, some simple market timing techniques, adjusting strategies based on market conditions plus loads of ideas we can test ourselves.

Topics discussed

  • Where to find trading ideas
  • The types of market behaviour to look for and what to ignore
  • The most important piece of information in a backtest – it’s not a number!
  • How to handle an edge that is performing poorly
  • How a confluence of ideas can improve trading results
  • Looking at market behaviour from different angles
  • Simple market timing techniques
  • Where to find the biggest edges
  • Adjusting strategies based on market conditions
  • How Fed meeting days impact the market and how it can be traded
  • PLUS loads of ideas to test!

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

May 10, 2015

In our chat with Dr Howard Bandy we talk about major changes occurring in the fields of trading system development, trade management and technical analysis. We also discuss why trading is becoming increasingly difficult, what causes trading systems to experience periods of poor performance, how to identify and manage a trading system when it is out of sync with the market and the 2 most important skills in system development.

Topics discussed

  • The major changes occurring in the fields of trading system development, trade management and technical analysis
  • Why trading is becoming increasingly hard
  • How to compete with the professionals
  • What causes trading systems to experience periods of poor performance
  • How to identify and manage a trading system when it is out of sync with the market
  • The shift towards machine learning and pattern recognition
  • The importance of data mining in the system development process
  • The 2 most important skills in system development

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

May 3, 2015

Kevin Davey talks about how we went about winning the trading competition, the type of systems you want for the future, some very important aspects of system development that will cost you money if you ignore them, what you need to do before you start trading a strategy and what skills you need to be a good system developer. He offers some really valuable insights and provides an excellent process to system development so you do not want to miss it. Topics discussed:

 

  • Why goals and objectives are so important in trading
  • How to use "the monkey test" to validate entries and exits
  • Which type of systems adapt better to future conditions
  • Why walk forward testing is so important and when you shouldn't use it
  • How often should you re-optimise your systems
  • Why ignoring Monte Carlo testing can cost you money
  • Why you shouldn't start trading a strategy immediately after you've finished testing it
  • How to eliminate bad systems before risking your money on them
  • Adding or removing systems from your portfolio
  • Why you need to determine when you will stop trading a system BEFORE you start trading it
  • What skills are required to be a good system developer

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Apr 26, 2015

In our chat with Nick we discuss system design, the best type of systems to trade, how observations can lead to better strategies, the best way to handle a bear market, measuring system performance, survivorship bias and the difference between successful traders and everyone else. Topics discussed:

  • The trading style most people should try first
  • Systematic ways to determine a trend
  • Why simple systems are the best
  • Why broker consensus is a poor indicator
  • The best type of stocks for trend following strategies
  • What you need to know about a system to be able to handle the drawdown
  • How observations can lead to better strategies
  • Why buy and hold offers average returns and the best approach to handling a bear market
  • How trading can take less than 5 minutes per day
  • Measuring the performance of a system
  • The difference between very successful traders and everyone else
  • The types of survivorship bias that could be ruining your backtest results
  • The warning signs of over-optimisation
  • Coping with drawdown and personal doubts
  • 2 basic strategies you can start testing today!

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Apr 19, 2015

In our chat with Cesar Alvarez we talk about trading ideas, key concepts and pitfalls of backtesting, the impact of stops on returns, market timing, over-optimisation, drawdown and using multiple strategies in a portfolio. Topics discussed:

  • Where to find trading ideas
  • Why you should test all of your ideas, even if you think they won't work
  • Pitfalls of backtesting you need to look out for
  • How to identify coding errors in backtesting
  • Some clues that indicate you may have over-optimised a strategy
  • Issues with splitting data into in-sample and out-of-sample portions
  • The impact of stops on returns
  • Handling a 50% overnight drop in a stock price
  • Finding your personal drawdown tolerance
  • How market timing can impact a strategy
  • Why you need multiple strategies in a portfolio

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Apr 19, 2015

In this episode with Brent Penfold we cover fundamental topics that impacts traders of all levels, from beginner to advanced. We talk about some of the psychological issues traders face, the principles all traders need to accept to be successful, that elusive Holy Grail of trading and an extremely important mathematical concept that can identify if you’re going to blow up your account, so don’t miss that. The guest also provides actionable tips and tricks to overcome these issues along with a simple method to determine if a strategy is broken, which could save you lots of money and stress. Topics discussed:

  • How to trades 24 markets actively and be finished by 9:30am
  • The simple reason why most traders fail
  • The principles all traders need to accept to be successful
  • The one mathematical measure that can tell if you'll blow up your account - don't miss this!
  • The Holy Grail
  • The most important aspect of trading
  • How to remove hope from your trading
  • How to combat greed
  • The impact fear can have on your trading and a hot tip to overcome it
  • A simple method to determine if your strategy is broken, this tip could save you loads of money!

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Apr 11, 2015

Welcome to Better System Trader, the podcast where expert traders share tips, tricks and actionable insights to improve trading results. In this episode I introduce Better System Trader, what its all about, what to expect, and a little background on myself.

 

Disclaimer:
Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. All content produced by Better System Trader is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute trading or investment advice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

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