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Better System Trader

English, Finance, 1 seasons, 227 episodes, 6 days 17 hours 25 minutes
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If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation and practical advice on improving your trading results, Better System Trader delivers every fortnight. 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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226: The Trading Panel – Episode 3

Welcome to a new trading series called "The Trading Panel", where I collaborate with Jason Perz from Against All Odds Research and a panel of traders to discuss the markets and all things trading. Participants on this weeks panel are:  Andrew Swanscott Jason Perz Richard Brennan Kevin Green Pavel Kycek 0:00 – Show Introduction and Panelist Greetings 0:49 – Panelists’ Backgrounds and Trading Philosophies 6:17 – Analyzing Economic Indicators and Their Impact on Markets 13:19 – Debunking Market Myths with Price Action Signals 24:21 – Transitioning to Systematic Trading for Longevity 36:34 – The Role of Macro Factors in Shaping Trading Strategies 49:05 – The Future of Trading: AI, Cryptos, and Beyond 1:02:27 – Wrapping Up: Key Takeaways and Contact Information Disclaimer: Trading in the financial markets involves a substantial risk of loss. All content produced by Better System Trader is for in
02/03/20241 hour 14 minutes 31 seconds
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225: Algorithmic Crypto Trading

Unlock the secrets of algorithmic crypto trading with Pavel Kycek in this entertaining and insightful episode. Whether you're a crypto newbie or a seasoned trader looking to refine your trading strategies, Pavel's insights into the volatile world of cryptocurrency and expertise in algorithmic trading will guide you through the complexities of systematic trading, risk management, and much more.    Here are some of the topics you’ll discover in this discussion:   How to identify what style of trading works best in crypto, The “Idea first” approach to building trading strategies that work, Indicators in crypto trading and how simple your trading strategies should really be, <li dir="ltr" aria-le
28/02/20241 hour 5 minutes 58 seconds
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224 - "The Trading Panel" Episode 2

Welcome to a new trading series called "The Trading Panel", where I collaborate with Jason Perz from Against All Odds Research and a panel of traders to discuss the markets and all things trading. Participants on this weeks panel are:  Andrew Swanscott Jason Perz Kashyap Sriram Pavel Kycek Kevin Green Timestamps [0
24/02/202458 minutes 41 seconds
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223 - "The Trading Panel" Episode 1

Welcome to a new trading series called "The Trading Panel", where I collaborate with Jason Perz from Against All Odds Research and a panel of traders to discuss the markets and all things trading. Participants on this weeks panel are:  Andrew Swanscott Jason Perz Kashyap Sriram Markets & Mayhem Mike Melissinos Pavel Kycek Timestamps<span class="yt-core-attributed-str
17/02/20241 hour 6 minutes 17 seconds
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222: Surviving Uncertain Markets

Get ready to unlock the secrets of trading in uncertain markets with Richard Brennan and your host Andrew in this power-packed episode! Whether you're a novice or a seasoned trader, this episode is filled with invaluable insights that will help you navigate the volatile waters of the market with confidence.   Key Points You'll Learn:   Core principles for long-term trading success, Understanding market dynamics, The barbell approach to trend following, The benefits of using simple models in trading, How to identify and mitigate fragility in trading str
15/02/20241 hour 26 minutes 19 seconds
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221: Bad trades, shorting disasters and just get out!

Discover the good, the bad and the ugly of systematic trading as our guest Cesar Alvarez from Alvarez Quant Trading shares some key moments in his trading career all traders can learn from!    Key Points You'll Learn:   The impact of bad trades and what to do when you’re in a trade you shouldn’t be in (the answer may not be what you think!), Why the market can actually be a distraction to your trading and how watching the market LESS could be the key to improving your results, Shorting disasters and how to avoid that one disaster trade that could wipe out your account, A common perception about systematic trading that just
31/01/202448 minutes 32 seconds
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220: 3 Biggest Lessons From Tennis Pro to Trading Pro

Jump right into this exciting episode where Scott, a former tennis coach turned expert trader, shares his journey and tricks of the trade. With his witty anecdotes and deep insights, Scott's story isn't just about trading; it's a tale of transformation and finding success in unexpected places.   Key Learning Points:   Transitioning Careers: Hear how Scott switched from tennis coaching to trading and the lessons he learned. Trading Strategies: Discover Scott's approach to different trading strategies and what works best. Risk Management: Learn about the importance of balancing trade size and managing risks. Cultural Influence: Find
16/01/202450 minutes 37 seconds
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219: 3 Biggest Lessons from Chart Trader to Algo Hedge Fund Manager

In this episode, our guest is breakout trading specialist and Hedge Fund manager Tomas “Mr Breakouts” Nesnidal.    In our discussion Tomas shares the 3 biggest lessons from his start in discretionary chart trading up to breakout trading mastery, plus some interesting stories along the way (like the trading tips he learnt from a CIA agent!)    Packed with practical tips, eye-opening insights and interesting stories, this is a must-listen for anyone looking to up their trading game. Tomas's story is one you don't want to miss.   Key Points:   Transition from Discretionary to Algorithmic Trading The Role of Lifestyle in Trading Choices <p dir="ltr" r
03/01/202454 minutes 22 seconds
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218: Trading Triumphs - Jerry Parker #3: The Dangers of Optimization

Want better performance from your trading strategies?   In part 3 of my chat with legendary trend-following Turtle Trader Jerry Parker we discuss optimization, how to really extract better performance from your trading, and common traps to avoid.   Key discussion points:   Minimizing Optimization for Maximum Effect: How over-complicating your approach can backfire, why less is often more when it comes to trading strategies and what you should do instead. The Power of Simplicity: Learn why fewer rules often lead to better trading outcomes. The Role of Back Testing: Discover the benefits and limitations of this crucial and often mis-used trading tool. <l
21/12/202322 minutes 26 seconds
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217: Trading Triumphs - Jerry Parker #2: Excessive Risk

This is part 2 of my chat with legendary trend-following Turtle Trader Jerry Parker.  In this episode, Jerry unravels the complexities of trading size, risk management, and the mental fortitude required in the world of trading. From personal anecdotes to professional insights, this episode is a treasure trove for traders at any level.   Key Points You'll Learn: Trading Within Limits: Understand the importance of trading size that aligns with your comfort level. Adhering to Systems: Discover why sticking to systematic rules is crucial for long-term success. Mental Resilience: Learn about the psychological challenges in trading and strategies to cope with stress. <p dir="ltr" role=
19/12/202318 minutes 11 seconds
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216: Trading Triumphs - Jerry Parker #1: Fear of Executing Trades

In this episode, legendary trend-following Turtle Trader Jerry Parker shares his journey from the initial struggles to mastering the art of trend following. Whether you're a newbie or a veteran in trading, this discussion offers valuable insights and real-life lessons that can transform your approach to the markets. Key Points You'll Learn: Overcoming the fear of entry and the importance of executing trades. The role of systematic rules in trading success. Learning and growing from trading mistakes. Adapting strategies according to market trends. Developing the right trader mindset for long-term suc
18/12/202321 minutes 31 seconds
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215: Trading Triumphs: Kevin Davey's Journey To Success Part 3

Ever wondered what it takes to design profitable trading strategies that can even win trading competitions? In Part 3 of my chat with trading champion Kevin Davey, Kevin shares his approach to winning a trading competition, and how this relates to all traders, including strategy design, overcoming setbacks, and success and luck in the trading.    Here’s just a taste of the nuggets of wisdom Kevin shares in our chat:   Championship Strategies: Dive into the tactics Kevin used to win the Robbins World Cup Trading Championship.   Crafting Robust Trading Systems: Uncover the art and science behind developing trading systems that deliver results.   <p di
05/12/202322 minutes 34 seconds
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214: Trading Triumphs: Kevin Davey's Journey To Success Part 2

Step into the gripping world of trading with Kevin Davey, a seasoned trader with a tale that'll keep you on the edge of your seat!  In part 2 of my chat with Kevin, he shares his journey from relentless losses (and margin calls) to transforming his trading approach. Kevin's story is a rollercoaster of emotions and lessons. Key Points You'll Discover: The Perils of Scale Trading: Kevin's early strategy and how it led to a tough learning curve. Emotional and Financial Impact: The psychological toll of repeated losses and the importance of mental resilience in trading. Transition to Algorithmic Trading: How Kevin shifted gears to a more data-driven, algorithmic approach. <p dir="ltr" role=
05/12/202319 minutes 45 seconds
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213: Trading Triumphs: Kevin Davey's Journey To Success Part 1

Dive into the world of trading with Kevin Davey, a champion trader who turned his part-time passion into a full-time career. In this enlightening discussion, Kevin spills the beans on his journey and strategies that helped him climb the ladder of success in the trading arena. Key points you’ll discover: Transitioning from Part-time to Full-time: Kevin shares his personal journey, revealing how he smoothly transitioned from part-time trading to becoming a full-time professional. Strategies for Success: Uncover the effective trading strategies that Kevin employed to stay ahead of the game. Overcoming Challenges: Learn about the hurdles Kevin faced in his trading career and how he overcame them. <p dir="lt
04/12/202327 minutes 21 seconds
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212: Trading Triumphs - Brent Penfold's Journey to Success

Dive into the pivotal moments that shaped a trading veteran! Brent Penfold shares the twists and turns of his journey, from a chance encounter that launched his career to the mentorship that saved him from his own trading pitfalls. Get ready for a candid look at the successes, stumbles, and strategies that define a true market maestro.   Key Points Listeners Will Learn: - How unexpected opportunities can kickstart a trading career. - The importance of mentorship in navigating the trading landscape. - Transitioning from discretionary to systematic trading. - The value of backtesting and choosing the right tools for your strategy. - Why transparency and accountability are crucial in trading.   Fun Fact: Brent still sometimes counts waves due to his early imprinting with Elliott Wave theory, despite now being a
22/11/20231 hour 10 minutes
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211: Trading Triumphs: The Journey to Success with Adrian Reid

Buckle up because we've got a special treat for your trading journey! Adrian Reid, a seasoned trader with a wealth of experience, joins us on Better System Trader, in this special "Trading Triumphs: The Journey to Success" series, to get real about what it truly takes to succeed in the market.  In this discussion, we dig deep into 3 defining moments of Adrian's trading journey, to uncover what really helped him achieve success. We're unpacking the trials, triumphs, and timeless wisdom of trading. This isn't just an episode; it's a masterclass in perseverance and profit. Here are 5 keys you'll unlock in this episode (plus many more!):  The Marathon Mindset: Learn why trading is a long-haul game and how keeping a level head through the wins can define your success. Diversification is Your Safety Net: Discover Adrian's strategy for using gains to spread your risk and open new doors in the trading world.  The Power of Patience: Adrian
17/11/20231 hour 18 minutes 10 seconds
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How do successful traders make better decisions?

How can traders make better decisions to improve their trading results?   In this episode, Matt Zimberg from Optimus Futures joins me to discuss decision making, what traders do wrong and how to be a more successful trader (and person) by making better trading decisions.   Here are some of the topics we discuss: The importance of decision-making in trading, Common mistakes traders make, How traders underestimate “the game of trading”, Filtering out bad trading information and training your brain to make good decisions, The importance of learning about things outside the market, T
09/12/20221 hour 7 minutes 10 seconds
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Using "Big Picture" Analysis to Guide Trading Decisions - Brent Penfold

Are you looking for unique ways to use “Big Picture” analysis to guide your trading decisions? In this episode, Brent Penfold from indextrader.com.au joins me to share some interesting (and effective) techniques he uses to determine the big picture to guide trading and investing decisions, including:   Why the big picture is so important in trading, How technical analysis can fool traders, What are fractals and why they matter, Validating market reactions to specific levels, The Market Ladder that projects support and resistance levels, Using fractals to see the big picture and the simplest fractal pattern there is, Pivot points over multiple timeframes and market expectations around pivots,</
26/11/20221 hour 7 minutes 14 seconds
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Indicators vs Price Action - Which is King?

Which is better for trading strategies - Indicators or Price Action? In this episode, Scott Welsh from scottwelshstrategies.com joins me to answer this eternal question. Here are some of the topics we discuss: Strange things that have impacted the markets this year, The value of reviewing simple strategies, Expectations traders have of trading strategies, Choosing the right trading style for a market, How to determine which markets trend the most, Old trading strategies that continue to do very we
14/11/202256 minutes 24 seconds
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207: Preparing for a new trading year

3 amazing guests join us to discuss trading insights of the past year and how to prepare for a HUGE trading year ahead, including: Getting better as a strategy builder, Challenges building short index strategies, Switching between old and new strategies, Timeframes for short-term trading strategies, Scaling out in volatile sideways markets, When the next bear market will begin and the transition from Bull to Bear, Trend following over the last few months, "V" price movements in the markets, Stop & Reverse and small stops in crazy markets, Plus doing more of what works, old strategies that do well, algorithmic short selling and much more.
24/12/20211 hour 33 minutes 39 seconds
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206: “Systematic Crypto” – Adrian Reid

Adrian Reid from Enlightened Stock Trading joins us to discuss systematic crypto trading, including: Why traders should consider the crypto markets right now, The mistakes most traders make with crypto, Choosing the best exchanges, data and software for crypto trading, Why buy and old is a bad approach to crypto and what you should do instead, The types of strategies that work in the crypto markets right now, The 3 types of risk in the crypto space (and how to reduce them), How to overcome limitations in crypto data, plus Regime filters, optimization, stop losses, backtesting, robustness, auto trading, price behaviour and much more.
25/11/202158 minutes 53 seconds
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205: “Simple strategies, stable results.” – David Stendahl

David Stendahl from SignalTradingGroup joins us to discuss techniques traders can use to achieve more stable results, including: Why it's good to understand a systems logic and will simple systems continue to work, How to apply adaptive logic to simple systems, Mistakes traders make using seasonals, How "seasonal depth" can identify when a market is likely to make a big move, Using environmental overlays to adjust position sizing, Using VIX to switch strategies on/off, Plus, we discuss which is better: diversification of systems or markets?
11/11/20211 hour 30 seconds
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204: “How to leverage market biases to improve strategy performance” – Lawrence Chan

Lawrence Chan from DayTradingBias joins us to discuss market bias and how to leverage structural bias to increase strategy performance, including: "Atomic strategies" and knowing when to NOT trade, The most toxic period to backtest a strategy, Why market behaviours are becoming so predictable, How some trading platforms are taking traders down the wrong path, Exploring biases caused by recurring events, Why traders should think in concepts first, Plus, leverage and volatility breakouts, chart patterns, simple tools, knowing the behaviours of market participants, human psyche, market internals and much more.
28/10/202156 minutes 3 seconds
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203: “Going against the crowd - a contrarian approach to trading profits.” – Jason Shapiro

Jason Shapiro from Crowded Market Report discusses a contrarian approach to trading profits, including: Why contrarian trading makes sense, How to identify crowded trades and why price is not a good contrarian signal, What the markets really are and why traders don’t understand it, Risk management for contrarian trades, Why traders shouldn't care about being right or wrong, Plus, COT report, hedgers and speculators, fading the “experts”, trading through news events and much more.
21/10/202150 minutes 39 seconds
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202: “Buying pullbacks, avoiding bear markets” – Larry Tentarelli

Larry Tentarelli from Blue Chip Daily joins us to discuss techniques to buying pullbacks and avoiding bear markets, including: Determining the trend with price action and why price action is better than indicators, Using volatility and range expansion as warning signs, Impact of the index on individual stocks, Managing trades when markets are breaking down, Reliability of moving average crosses, Clues that indicate a pullback may be turning into a bear market, Using market internals to identify potential turning points, Plus, systematic rules vs discretionary trading, trading in a bear market, controlling the urge to overtrade, scaling-out of positions, sector rotation and selection, what to watch for in the markets right now, and much more.  
07/10/202151 minutes 9 seconds
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201: “Getting serious about part-time trading” – Kris Longmore

Kris Longmore from RobotWealth joins us to discuss 4 key areas part-time traders need to take seriously to be successful, including: Why it’s important to understanding market participants and why they're trading, 3 common things traders do that almost guarantee they will blow up, Setting realistic expectations for retail traders, The "edge pyramid" and where retail traders should target, The “backtest cycle of doom”, why backtesting is not research, and a better approach to finding a trading edge, plus Risk premia harvesting, turn of the month edges, universe selection, VIX trading edges, FX seasonality, portfolio Zen, risk allocation, crypto trading, machine learning and much more!
23/09/20211 hour 6 minutes 34 seconds
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200: “Using market noise to improve strategies” – Martyn Tinsley

Martyn Tinsley from TradeLikeAMachine joins us to discuss market noise, and how to leverage noise to improve trading strategies, including: Why it's important to understand market noise, The impact of market noise on trading strategies, Using noise to filter assets and timeframes, Example of impact of market noise on Mean Reversion strategies, The best strategies to trade in noisy markets, The difference between noise and volatility, Harmonic price patterns, instantaneous noise filtering, trading currency pairs, signal lag in noise indicators, repeatable patterns vs indicators and much more!
15/09/20211 hour 38 seconds
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199: “Trading statistical edges in crypto” – Brian Blandin

Brian Blandin from Markets Science joins us to discuss how to find and trade statistical edges in the crypto markets, including: The things traders need to be aware of before trading crypto, Common factors and repeatable patterns that move the crypto markets, Software, programming language and exchange selection, How to screen cryptocurrencies to find those worth trading, Safety of funds at unregulated brokers, Crypto market correlation to stocks and index futures, Moving from discretionary to systematic crypto trading, volatility, slippage, liquidity and much more!  
07/09/202159 minutes 37 seconds
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198: “3 ways to improve trading models” – Curtis White

Curtis White from Beyond Backtesting joins us to discuss 3 ways traders can build better trading models, including: The problem with trading models and why traders struggle to incorporate predictive factors into models, What drives the markets and using market cognition for better trading ideas, Identifying and trading different markets and datasets, Using statistical creativity in the strategy validation process, Problems with Walk Forward Optimization and the 'proven winner' solution, Testing with different bar types, the negative impacts of being too risk averse, and much more!
24/08/202147 minutes 25 seconds
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197: “How to use volatility to outperform the market” – Kyle Schultz

Kyle Schultz from Algorithmic Futures joins us to discuss how to leverage volatility in your trading strategies to improve risk/reward and outperform the market, including: Why volatility is a key component in trading strategies, 3 main ways to apply volatility in trading strategies,\ Types of volatility filters and when to use them in the strategy development process, Using VIX term structure as a regime filter, Adapting strategies to different volatility regimes, Mean reversion vs momentum in different volatility regimes, And much more!
10/08/202154 minutes 33 seconds
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196: “How to avoid curve fitting using independent testing” – Jeff Swanson

Jeff Swanson from EasyLanguageMastery discusses how to avoid curve fitting your trading strategies using the "independent testing" technique, including: The things traders do that cause curvefitting, Is curvefitting a trading strategy really that bad? Independent testing and why you should use it when developing trading strategies, How to do independent testing of filters and using optimization to judge filter consistency, Testing combinations of filters and why you should look to remove Plus, types of filters to test, where to get trading ideas, how long to test a trading idea, when to switch strategies off, combining filters, tweaking a strategy and much more!
03/08/202155 minutes 23 seconds
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195: “Low-effort Trading Strategies” – Cesar Alvarez

Algorithmic trader Cesar Alvarez from Alvarez Quant Trading joins us to discuss low effort trading strategies, including: An explanation of rotational trading and the benefits/challenges of using rotational strategies, Why rotational trading is a fantastic way to diversify time (and also get to “trade lazy”), How often to rebalance and the impacts of the day you choose to rebalance, Ranking methods and some of the most effective ways to find the best candidates, How to reduce the churn in rotational trading with one small but powerful exit tweak, Plus, universe selection, risk management, rebalancing, short trades, mean reversion, stock splits, audience questions and much more!
27/07/202154 minutes 16 seconds
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194: “How to improve trend following performance” – David Lundgren

Trend following trader David Lundgren joins us to discuss how to improve trend following performance, including: The problem with momentum (and why momentum “doesn’t work”), Why momentum isn't working today, Mixing momentum with trend following for better performance, The 4 conditions that must happen for a trend to occur, Modeling regime drivers and digging deeper to understand true market health, What to do when trading strategies are struggling, And much more.
20/07/20211 hour 5 minutes 53 seconds
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193: “Innovation as a trading edge” – Dr Brett Steenbarger

Trader, author and performance coach Dr Brett Steenbarger discusses how traders can get an edge by applying innovation to their trading, including: The 2 levels of improvements traders can make, Why traders resist innovation and how to address hesitation to change, How to innovate by looking at what we do well, Why NOT trading can be an innovation for traders, Impacts of lifestyle and mindset on innovation, Why you should “limit your search” when looking for edges, The 2 qualities most shared amongst successful traders Plus, odds and backtesting market patterns, skill vs luck, testing in relevant market regimes, what successful traders focus on and much more!
14/07/202152 minutes 6 seconds
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192: “Predicting profitability using machine learning” – Ernie Chan

Quant trader Ernie Chan from PredictNow.ai joins us to discuss how to predict the profitability of trades using machine learning, including: Unconditional probability and the problem with win% in backtest reports, Why “conditional probability” is much more useful for a trader and how to apply conditional probabilities to capital allocation, Why you should use Machine Learning for risk management and capital allocation only (and not for building trading strategies), Why feature selection and feature importance ranking are so valuable, Plus, the best ML techniques for prediction, how simple should trading strategies be, insights from cluster-based feature selection, do these techniques really work, ML as a crystal ball and much more!
15/06/202154 minutes
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191: Combining Algos using State-Based Market Design – Richard Metzger

Richard Metzger from Quantsys.net joins us to discuss how to combine algos using state-based market design techniques for more consistent trading performance, including: Why it's important to be sceptical of your algos, The main causes of poor algo performance and how state-based market design can address these issues, How to define market states into "buckets" and why you should keep them simple, Combining state-based algos to create a system, plus Adjusting inputs for market states, combining strategies in Tradestation, market states vs regime filters, and much more!
09/06/20211 hour 25 seconds
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190: Performing like a world champion even under stress and uncertainty – Mandi Pour Rafsendjani

Mandi Pour Rafsendjani from High Performance Trading joins us to discuss tips and techniques to perform like a world champion, even under times of stress and uncertainty, including: The 2 types of fears that lead to stress in trading, Self-image and accelerating trading performance, The 3 different areas to look at when dealing with stress, "Protective Pessimism" and positive vs negative thinking, The "3M's" to check when a strategy stops working, The "Queens Gambit" strategy to performance improvement, plus How to recover from larger drawdowns, overtrading, Wim Hof and yoga, self-talk, mindset and why the market is like an “all you can eat” buffet you can keep going back to – yum!
02/06/20211 hour 8 minutes 47 seconds
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189: Managing multiple trading strategies – David Bean

David Bean from Capstone Trading Systems joins us to share tips and techniques to manage multiple trading strategies, including: When to start trading a strategy live (the answer may not be what you think!), Why you should learn to love “ugly equity curves”, Watching the markets for trading ideas, Identifying patterns and cycles in portfolio drawdown, Why you should consider correlation based on methodology instead of typical correlation measurements, plus Patterns vs optimization, single idea strategies, market truths, retesting failed patterns, low frequency trading strategies and much more.  
26/05/20211 hour 6 minutes 19 seconds
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188: “Why trading can be so challenging (and what to do about it)” – Adam Grimes

Adam Grimes from Talon Advisors discusses why trading can be so challenging and what to do about it, including: Why it can be so hard to learn from the markets, The dangers of doing stupid things in the markets that generate a good outcome, Random price movements and finding more predictable moments, Why having success outside of the markets doesn’t guarantee you’ll be a good trader, Trading psychology and interacting with randomness, Adapting to uncertainty and mispricing risk, Deliberate practise, Algo vs discretionary trading, when to stop trading a system, new events, out of sample date, how far to backtest and forward test before going live and much more.
12/05/20211 hour 15 minutes 6 seconds
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187: “How to spot a trading scam” – Kevin Davey

Algorithmic trader Kevin Davey discusses the sneaky tactics trading scammers use to trick people and how you can spot a fraud and protect yourself, including: How to check if testimonials are real, Some simple ways to tell if a trader really is trading live as they claim, How to spot fake trading strategies, Trading gurus who report unrealistic returns and flaunt fake wealth, Websites you can use to check if trading educators are scammers, Why teach if you can trade, Fake trendlines and cherry-picked examples for books, Plus, Paypal refunds, money back guarantees, audited trading records, realistic rates of return, reputable trading educators, the old hedge fund trader/caravan park scam, and much more.  
05/05/20211 hour 11 minutes 51 seconds
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186: “Breaking the rules for higher returns” – Scott Welsh

World Cup Trading Championship runner-up Scott Welsh joins us to discuss how "breaking the rules" and doing the opposite of "traditional" trading approaches can lead to higher returns, including: "Burning the ships" and how limiting beliefs are hurting traders, Why traders should "start from the end" and work backwards, Why it's good to see losing in your trading, The 80/20 rule and why "getting the star" beats diversification, How to achieve real-life trading that’s better than the backtest, Selection bias - is it really so bad? Why you should say “screw you” to people who tell you that you can’t do it, Plus, doing the opposite to conventional trading wisdom, breaking the rules with indicators, strategies that never break, trading platforms, beating buy and hold, small profit targets, and much more.
28/04/20211 hour 3 minutes 2 seconds
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185: How to avoid creating trading strategies that degrade quickly - Timothy Masters

Numerical Computing specialist and author Timothy Masters joins us (in his only ever interview) to discuss trading strategy development and validation techniques, including: Why trading strategies fall apart in live trading, How luck impacts trading strategy results and the impact of selecting the 'best' trading system, Why trades in an out of sample dataset are NOT representative of future trades, 3 ways to use Monte Carlo Permutation tests in trading strategy development to avoid overfitting, evaluate strategy robustness and assess the quality of your strategy development process, The danger of using out of sample trades to compute the probability of drawdowns, Entropy and information of indicators and why it's important to strategy development, How stationarity really impacts trading strategies and what strategy developers can do about it, Using Walk Forward to deter
12/04/20211 hour 16 minutes 17 seconds
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184: Increasing returns using "Performance Qualifiers" – Tomas Nesnidal

Breakout trading specialist and Hedge Fund manager Tomas Nesnidal joins us to discuss how to increase the returns of trading strategies using "Performance Qualifiers" while also managing risk, including: What is Dynamic Position Sizing (DPS) and how can it improve risk-adjusted returns, How Dynamic Position Sizing is different to classical position sizing (and why DPS is better), Why it’s important for traders to connect position size with what’s going on in the markets, instead of just their equity curve, The 5 groups of Performance Qualifiers and how to use them to identify the probabilities of future trades, Why using filters to improve trading strategies can be dangerous (and DPS is a much better option instead), Plus, Dynamic Position Sizing and risk management, Optimal-f and older position sizing techniques, Dynamic Position Sizing for stocks,
30/03/202158 minutes 8 seconds
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183: Overcoming Broken Strategies – Marsten Parker

Unknown market wizard Marsten Parker joins us to share how he overcame broken strategies and adapted his trading to deliver a 20-year track record most traders would envy, including: Being featured in the “Unknown Market Wizards” book by Jack Schwager, The impacts of a 45% drawdown and how Marsten got back into trading, How to use a system stop to protect your trading account from large losses, Why it’s important to understand why a strategy works, Mean Reversion short strategies, why they’re dangerous and how to mitigate some of the risk, How to detect and protect yourself from a strategy that’s broken, Uncertainty in the market and the future performance of strategies, Equity curve trading, market speed, diversified strategies, tracking old strategies, indicators, market regimes and much more.
24/03/20211 hour 2 minutes 8 seconds
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182: How to identify high probability markets - David Steets

David Steets from Systematic Individual Investor joins us to discuss how to map market probabilities and identify high probability markets using "edge stacking" techniques, including: The importance of mapping market probabilities, How to identify if something really contains an edge, Blending return probabilities across buckets to create a probability map, Classifying markets over multiple timeframes, How to confirm which edges are currently relevant, Using both technical and fundamental in models, The reliability of edges over time, Managing conflicting information and edges, Bear market signals, integrating discretion, weighting edges, VIX term structure, “anti-edges” and much more.
09/03/20211 hour 24 seconds
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181: Short-term Swing Trading Techniques – Ivanhoff

On this BST live show, Ivan from Ivanhoff Capital joins us to discuss “Short-term swing trading techniques”. Here are some of the topics you’ll discover in this episode: The 2 most important factors in swing trading, Why short-term trading is better than longer-term trading, Measuring market environment and detecting changes, How to find the hot sectors in the market, Shorting stocks and adapting to market corrections and downtrends, Swing trading in choppy markets, Stacking the odds in your favour, High conviction setups, breakouts vs dips, protecting profits, trailing stops, time stops, swing trading psychology and much more.
03/03/202142 minutes 21 seconds
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180: 3 ways traders kill trading strategies (and how to avoid them) – Rob Carver

On this BST live show, Rob Carver from systematicmoney.org joins us to discuss “3 ways traders kill trading strategies”. Here are just some of the topics you’ll discover in this episode: What can go wrong with strategies in live trading, The impact of model complexity on prediction error, (and are simple models really better than more complicated ones - the answer may surprise you!), The dangers of overstated backtest performance, The impact of historic costs on backtest results, The 3 types of overfitting, including 1 that most traders don’t even realise they’re doing, and how to reduce their impact on your trading models, Strategy robustness and letting data define complexity, The overfitting "levels of sin", Correcting for the "multiple testing problem", Fitting metrics, sample size, data quality, prediction error and m
24/02/20211 hour 13 minutes 1 second
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179: Effective techniques to identify trends – Doc Ahrens

On this episode of BST Live, Doc Ahrens from Trendline Dynamics joins us to discuss “Effective techniques to identify trends”, including: The Macro-trend Analyzer indicator and 3 ways to use moving averages for macro trend analysis, Why it's important to have simple trading solutions and what failures in aerospace can teach us about trading strategies,  Studies that conclude technical indicators don't work, Using visual confirmation to understand indicator reaction to market scenarios, The 3 types of support and resistance,  How to draw trendlines properly, why it's impossible to “understand the market”, the importance of persistence in trading and loads more.
16/02/20211 hour 1 minute 54 seconds
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178: How to build Mean Reversion trading strategies – Stefan Friedrichowski

So, the verdict is in… Afrotechmods says: “I think this is the most informative guest you have ever had! Thank you both.” What am I talking about? On this episode of BST Live, Stefan Friedrichowski from JFD Bank joined us to discuss “how to build Mean Reversion trading strategies”, and it was an absolute cracker! Even if you’re not a mean reversion trader, you have to see this one.  Here’s a small sample of the tips and insights you’ll discover: The "alarm signal" that got Stefan interested in Mean Reversion trading, How to determine if a market is good for Mean Reversion or not, <span style="font-weigh
10/02/20211 hour 30 minutes 57 seconds
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177: Superior returns from superior risk management – Laurent Bernut

Ever wondered how to turn $10k into $100k (or more) in just 2 years (or less)? Many traders have, especially early in their careers… But how do professional traders achieve superior returns while also protecting capital.  On this week’s episode of BST Live, Laurent Bernut from Alpha Secure Capital joined us to discuss “Superior returns from superior risk management”, and a new approach to risk management where you can put risk appetite on autopilot, protect capital and achieve superior returns. Here are just some of the tips you’ll discover: How to turn 10k into 1 million (or more) in just 2 years..., How unrealistic trading expectations set you up for failure, What is "superior" risk management
03/02/20211 hour 26 minutes 34 seconds
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176: Dealing with market uncertainty and lessons of 2020 - Michael Grech

With 2020 coming to a close, we’ve got a great opportunity to stop for a breather (phew!), look at some of the craziness that has happened this year, and identify how we can use those insights to improve our trading even more in the future. On this episode of BST Live Mike Grech from Quantopolis.com joins us to discuss 2020 and how we can better deal with market uncertainty. Here are just some of the tips you’ll discover: Why 2020 has produced 5 years of market action in 1 year, How this year has produced outsized returns for some trading styles and what could happen next, Understanding your strategy, how it reacts to markets and when to stop trading it, The future impacts of 2020 on bac
16/12/202057 minutes 8 seconds
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175: 3 under-utilized techniques to build dramatically better trading strategies – Brian Miller

“Randomness has the greatest negative impact on single entry trading strategies.” – Brian Miller (Optimized Trading). In this new episode of BST Live, Brian Miller from Optimized Trading joins us to discuss “3 under-utilized techniques to build dramatically better trading strategies”.  Brian shared some unique ideas for building (and improving) trading strategies. Here are just some of the tips you’ll discover: Basic market classifications most traders use (that miss the complete picture), Designing models for specific market classifications Managing trades as market classifications change, H
09/12/20201 hour 8 minutes 7 seconds
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174 : How to find statistical edges to improve your trading – Scott Andrews

“There are literally hundreds of statistically valid patterns in every market.” – Scott Andrews (Investiquant). So, where are they hiding out, how can we find them and how can we determine the patterns are actually valid and not just random noise in the market? In this new episode of BST Live, Scott Andrews from Investiquant joins us to discuss how to find statistical edges to improve your trading. Here are just some of the tips you’ll discover: How to find potential edges and which markets are best, Why it’s more important to spend time watching and studying the market than actually trading it, The "3 C's rule" to separate genuine signals
25/11/20201 hour 1 minute 24 seconds
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173: Trend Trading Tactics – Brent Penfold

Is the trend REALLY your friend? And if so, why do so many trend traders fail? Global futures trader Brent Penfold joins us to discuss trend trading tactics, including: • Why trend trading is so difficult for traders, • Why traders should be careful using indicators, • How to overcome challenging periods in trend trading, • The surprising robustness of really old strategies, • Why bright people struggle in the markets, • Drawdown, risk, position-sizing, volatility cycles, data mining, and much more.
18/11/20201 hour 14 minutes 30 seconds
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172: The Magic of Momentum Trading – Alan Clement

Quant Trader Alan Clement from Helix Trader discusses momentum trading & strategies, including: Why momentum trading is so popular and how it works, What makes a good trend indicator and the 4 best indicators to identify trends,  Why the moving average is not a good trend indicator, How to rank stocks by momentum and how many momentum stocks to hold in a portfolio, The danger of stops and using momentum for exits instead, How dual momentum protects during Bear markets and market crashes, <li style="f
11/11/20201 hour 14 seconds
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171: How to survive market sell-offs – Perry Kaufman

With the US elections just days away, traders are thinking about how the markets may react to whatever news the elections may bring. Will we see a big selloff, wild swings in price, and huge spikes in volatility? Or do the markets typically deliver something else around election time? In this episode of BST Live, Perry Kaufman from Kaufman Signals joins us to discuss how to survive market selloffs, including: Historical returns around election days since 1924, The 2 types of prices shocks and the best approach to handling them,  The link between stock price and percentage change and why you sh
03/11/202056 minutes 52 seconds
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170: How to detect when a trading strategy is failing – Kevin Davey

Ever had a strategy that looked like it was broken and wondered if you should stop trading it or not? Strategy failure (or periods of poor performance) are just a part of trading, but how you deal with it can have a HA-YUGE impact on your overall results… so how do you detect when a strategy is failing? How do you work out if you should stop trading it or just give it some more time? In this episode of BST Live, trading champion Kevin Davey joins us to discuss how to detect when a strategy is failing, including: • Why looking at a single equity curve is not giving you the full picture, • How to determine the potential ranges of future strategy performance, • Using Statistical Process Control to monitor trading strategies and which metrics are best, • How Probability Cones can give traders a more informed view of strategy performance (and when a strategy could be broken), • What do to when a strategy over
28/10/20201 hour 15 minutes 56 seconds
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169: Will AI replace the human trader – Bob Pardo

Are our roles as traders coming to an end soon? Is AI and ML (that’s Machine Learning, not Money Laundering or Meat Loaf…) going to take over the trading world? Trading veteran Bob Pardo from Pardo Capital joins us to discuss these topics plus much more, including: How AI is missing common inputs used by human traders, Modeling the expertise of human traders using Expert Systems, The dangers of using computers to blindly create strategies, Retail edges vs Institutional edges and how private traders can compete, <span style=
21/10/20201 hour 3 minutes 53 seconds
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168: How to optimize strategies for robustness (properly) – John Ehlers

DSP and Cycles expert John Ehlers, joins us to discuss all things optimization, including: Why optimization is a statistical process and how to assess the results properly (including what to look for at “the 50% line”), How much data you should REALLY use for reoptimization and why many traders use way too much data (and the impact it has on trading strategies), The 3 best fitness functions to use in reoptimization and the dangers of a popular metric that can lead to over trading, What the speed of optimization results can potentially tell you about strategy robustness, The only 2 thi
13/10/202046 minutes 14 seconds
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167: Improve trading performance by being a flexible trader – Steve Ward

High-performance trading coach Steve Ward from TradeAtYourBest.com discusses: How to find the best opportunities during challenging times, Why shifting perspective is such a critical skill for high-performance, How to overcome internal resistance to become more adaptable, “Learning vs Earning” and how to improve your chances of longevity in trading, How to integrate being flexible with the “follow the system” approach of algo/systematic trading to be better prepared for whatever the market may hold, Key actions traders should be doing right now to prepare for an unknown future in the markets, Plus, many more practical tips to improve trading performance. And if you want even more practical tips on high-performance trading, you should check this one out: For the first time ever, Steve is running the 6-week "Trade At Your Best Trading Psychology Course" to teach private traders (he usually only wor
07/10/202047 minutes 39 seconds
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166: Consistent Equity Growth using Diversification – Nick Radge

Nick Radge from TheChartist.com.au discusses how to achieve consistent equity growth using multiple layers of diversification. For more details about The Empowered Trader monthly newsletter, visit http://theempoweredtrader.com
28/09/20201 hour 6 minutes 20 seconds
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165: Effective Market Regime Techniques - Cesar Alvarez

Cesar Alvarez from AlvarezQuantTrading.com discusses effective Market Regime techniques to improve strategy performance and reduce risk by only trading in the best market conditions.
21/09/202055 minutes 55 seconds
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What's next for BST?

Details about what's next for BST and the special event being hosted this weekend.
16/09/20208 minutes 41 seconds
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Important Announcement

As I'm sure you've realised, I've taken a break from podcasting for the last year or so. I've been focusing on some other trading projects so I haven't released any new episodes for quite a while, but over that time I've received a lot of messages from traders hungry for more podcast episodes. Has Better System Trader finished? Is it coming back? I have some interesting news to share - take a listen.
12/09/20202 minutes 43 seconds
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164: Performance Accelerators - Steve Ward

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 co
23/06/201949 minutes 18 seconds
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163: The Laws of Trading - Agustin Lebron

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 Agu
01/06/201935 minutes 34 seconds
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162: Building effective entries and exits - Kevin Davey

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 i
19/05/201942 minutes 7 seconds
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161: Improving performance with strategies that manage strategies - David Bean

  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
12/04/201937 minutes 43 seconds
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160: How to achieve long-term trading success - Linda Raschke

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 aro
27/01/201940 minutes 24 seconds
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159: Maximising the potential of portfolios - Adam Butler

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: How some traders and investors apply rules to portfolio construction based on a flawed premise, How the ‘Portfolio
25/11/201843 minutes 19 seconds
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158: Bull, Bear or Correction? Reading the signs - Troy Bombardia

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: Why Technicals alone can’t give an accurate reflection of the long-term market view and what you need to incorporate instead, Why lots of traders that use fundamental analysis are doing it wrong and which fundamentals really drive stock market declines, The difference between a bear market and a “big decline” and the conditions to watch out for in each, Why leading e
28/10/201840 minutes 31 seconds
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157: Assumptions, Probabilities and Diversification with Michael Grech

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: Trading based on assumptions and building portfolios of diversified strategies, Why every trader should have some kind of volatility strategy in their portfolio and how to balance risk vs reward in volatility strategies, Mike's latest book on quantitative investing, How concepts from the book "Thinking Fast and Slow" have applications to traders. Plus, Mike is going to let us in on a project he’s currently working on that uses a combination of simple systems and Artificial Intelligence to mimic a human trader and also to calculate market probabilities. We cover a lot in this episode so check out my chat with Michael Grech.
30/09/201841 minutes 49 seconds
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156 - Where is technology taking us? - Dr Tom Starke

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 ar
17/09/201842 minutes 51 seconds
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155: Stories from the trading floor - Damon Pavlatos

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 disco
02/09/20181 hour 9 minutes 18 seconds
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154: From Billion dollar trades to private trader - with Petra Zacek

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: Why it’s important to think outside the box and express your trade idea in different ways, Making the switch from institutional to private trading and the impact her institutional experience has had on her trading today, How the institutional world research ideas, including what private traders are up against and h
19/08/201842 minutes 55 seconds
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153: High performance trading - with Mandi Pour Rafsendjani

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: The key aspects that set high performing traders apart from everyone else, How traders can identify what’s really holding back their performance, Why it’s important to have a ‘reset
05/08/201852 minutes 45 seconds
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152: "Backtesting trading strategies does not work" - John Ehlers

"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: The startling differences between intraday and daily timeframes and the critical factors you need to watch out for, Why it’s more difficult
22/07/201840 minutes 36 seconds
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151: Buy the fear, sell the greed - Larry Connors

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. How? 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: How human emotions drive the market, and why it’s so important to look beyond price charts and indicators to understand what's moving the market, How we can leverage extremes in specif
07/07/201835 minutes 30 seconds
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150: Looking at markets from different angles - Rikard Nilsson

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: The 'Predictive Average' indicator – how it can be used to indicate potential market behaviours over the following days/weeks and months, Validating strategies across different instruments, Excluding certain parts of the day based on data, Adaptive 'Backtrack Technology' and how to filter trading signals and position sizing dynamically based on past market behaviour, Plus loads more, so let’s jump over now to my chat with Rikard.
24/06/201838 minutes 20 seconds
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149: Trading in Probabilities - Scott Hodson

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: How to apply probabilities to trading strategies and why looking at cross-sectional probabilities across multiple dimensions of data can potentially enhance trading results, How a Probability Almanac can help track the performance of a trading strategy over certain time periods, Why it can sometimes pay to have a fundamental knowledge of the stocks you’re bu
10/06/201835 minutes 43 seconds
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148: Plugging holes in strategies and portfolios - Ryan Moffett

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 ma
27/05/201847 minutes 29 seconds
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147: Building trading strategies with confidence with Adrian Reid

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
12/05/201855 minutes 40 seconds
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146: Using indicators to predict stock movements with John MacLeod

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 backgro
29/04/201843 minutes 19 seconds
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145: Protecting capital through proper risk management with Aaron Brown

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 prot
15/04/201854 minutes 50 seconds
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144: Building dynamic trading strategies with Trader Janie

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 top 3 components of trading strategies and how adding adaptability to these components can improve a trading strategy,</li
01/04/201837 minutes 51 seconds
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143: The 'DNA approach' to trading with Bruce Vanstone

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 oth
18/03/201848 minutes 3 seconds
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142: Mastering the Fundamentals with Martin Lembak

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. No. 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 wh
04/03/201835 minutes 40 seconds
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141: Models are like unicorns - with Kevin Saunders

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: Why traders must disentangle themselves from the requirement that a model must work and produce money – and the alternative approach that uses charts more predictable than the underlying market, Why b
18/02/201850 minutes 49 seconds
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140: Forecasting a Volatility Tsunami with Andrew Thrasher

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: How volatility is usually interpreted and why this common approach is unreliable and missing a key part
04/02/201831 minutes 43 seconds
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139: Generating alpha from institutional activity with Jason Bodner

Welcome to the first podcast episode for 2018, happy new year! I hope that you had a great Christmas or holiday season and all the best for 2018. In this podcast episode we’re talking about the impacts that large institutions can have on the markets, especially on stocks, and how certain institutional behaviours can indicate potentially big moves in prices. Our special guest is Jason Bodner from Macro Analytics for Professionals (MAP). His previous experience working some big institutional orders has given him some valuable insights that I’m sure we can all find useful, so in our discussion today you’ll hear: How institutional activity can indicate potentially big moves and the signals to look out for, How the techniques of scouting out players on a sports team can apply to stock selection too, 3 basic factors that can quickly identify when institutions are working a big trade, plus loads of other signals to watch for as wel
07/01/201846 minutes 1 second
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138 - 2017 roundup: the year in review

Well here we are, another year gone (and so fast too!). I’m glad you could join me for this final episode for 2017, where we’ll be reviewing all of the special guests we had on the show this year, the topics and insights they've shared plus their top trading lessons. I think this is a great way to look back, to be reminded of some of the key points, and all of the amazing knowledge our guests have shared with us this year. Also, thanks for all of the emails of support and appreciation throughout the year, I’m glad that what we’re doing here has been so helpful! I hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season and all the best for 2018... It’s going to be a massive year! Happy trading, Andrew
24/12/201734 minutes
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137: Profiting from persistent market anomalies with Dimitri Speck

Our guest for this podcast episode, Dimitri Speck, first became interested in the markets as a child when he found gold while diving at the beach. And even though trading isn't usually as easy as just picking up gold off the ground, Dimitri has spent years diving deep into the markets and uncovering hidden and consistent anomalies that traders and investors of all styles can profit from. In this episode he's going to share some of these powerful insights with us, including: How understanding Intraday behaviours can help you to get better prices and additional edge on trade execution, The 4 specific hours of the day that would have given you most of the last 10 years of S&P returns (hint: it's probably not what you think), The 1 market event that has produced almost the entire S&P performance over the past 20 years in just 6% of the days, The challenges of accurately measuring these anomalies which could give you misleading result
10/12/201735 minutes 5 seconds
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136: Anticipating market action and "pain points" with John Carter

A few weeks ago we organised a family holiday for December. We booked a luxury villa in Port Douglas and we’re all really excited to get there and start enjoying the holiday. Last year the Huffington Post published an article about vacations, and shared a study in a journal claiming that just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it. I’m not sure if anticipating a holiday is more fun than actually taking it (I guess that depends on whether you have to take your kids or not...), but there is definitely value in anticipation, which ties in quite nicely with this podcast episode. Our guest today is John Carter, and John is going to share with us the value of anticipation in trading, and how anticipating market action and the “pain points” of other market participants can give us an edge in trading. Some of the topics you'll hear are: How anticipating the actions and pain points of other market partic
26/11/201733 minutes 49 seconds
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135: How "balance" can make us better traders

I can’t believe it’s only 4 weeks until Christmas! We’ve got the Christmas ads running on the TV here already... The local grocery store has the Christmas decorations up... And they’re even playing Christmas carols - can you believe that? At home my 5-year-old daughter is already priming me for what she wants from Santa this year, which by the way is pretty much everything on TV right now! 2017 has gone by really fast and we’re coming into a time of reflection and rest, time to take a break if you can, and so I wanted to take a few minutes in this weeks Trading Thought to talk about balance, both in trading and in life. Pretty early on in my trading journey I was absolutely consumed by trading. I lived and breathed it, it was all I could think about and all I wanted to do was quit my corporate job and trade for a living. By day I was working a full-time job in a bank, and at night I was staying up late to day trade the ES. I jo
24/11/20178 minutes 27 seconds
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134: Constructing a strong portfolio for higher returns and lower drawdowns

The Petronas towers in Malaysia are the tallest twin towers in the world at 452m (1483 ft) tall. Because of the ground underneath the building site, they had to put in some deep foundations, up to 114m (374 ft) deep. Without these deep foundations, the building would run into problems. In fact, during construction, at around the 72nd floor, they discovered that tower 2 was leaning 25 mm (0.98in) from vertical, so to correct that lean the next 16 floors were slanted back the other way. They even hired specialist surveyors to check the lean of the tower twice a day until the building was completed. Now obviously the foundations anchor the building and keep it from falling over, and even though they’re not visible, they’re probably the most important part of the construction. When you look at constructing a portfolio of strategies, there are a couple of key concepts, or foundations to consider as well, so that you have a solid portfo
17/11/20178 minutes 57 seconds
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133: Building Mean Reversion trading strategies with Cesar Alvarez - Part

And we're back for the final episode in this 3-part series on building Mean Reversion strategies with Cesar Alvarez from Alvarez Quant Trading. In the 1st episode we discussed the goal of Mean Reversion trading, how to select a trading universe, a number of effective techniques to measuring Mean Reversion and how to combine indicators to identify better quality trades. In the 2nd episode we discussed market classification, trade ranking, exits, order types, position sizing, risk control and much more. In this 3rd and final episode, Cesar answers all your questions, covering a wide range of topics, including: Mean Reversion in markets outside of Stocks, Controlling risk during market sell-offs, gaps and being overweight in particular sectors, Performance of Large caps vs Small caps, Ranking Mean Reversion setups, Shorting strategies, Readjusting strategy parameters and measuring robustness, Balanc
12/11/201744 minutes 58 seconds
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132: How to track poor strategy performance

A few weeks ago I got the fright of my life. I found myself in a situation where I could potentially be crushed by a car, or perhaps even a bus or truck. Find out what happens and how it applies to tracking the performance degradation of trading strategies (before they kill your account).
10/11/201710 minutes 39 seconds
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131: What strategies work best in low volatility environments?

I’ve just arrived back home from a few weeks in the States, I had a great time there but it’s also good to be home. I’m a bit jet-lagged today so let’s hope what I share today actually makes sense! A few weeks ago I had the honour of speaking at the ATAA members meeting here in Melbourne. I presented for about an hour and the topic of my presentation was ‘7 practical tips to reducing drawdown’. In this weeks Trading Thought I want to share a quick story from that and how it applies to Mean Reversion in low volatility environments. In part 1 of the Mean Reversion series, Cesar made a statement about Mean Reversion strategies not performing so well in low-volatility market regimes, and I received a number of emails asking what type of strategies DO work in low volatility environments, so... In this week’s Trading Thought I want to share a quick little sneak-pee
02/11/20176 minutes 14 seconds
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130: Building Mean Reversion trading strategies Part 2 with Cesar Alvarez

And we're back for the 2nd episode in this 3-part series on building Mean Reversion strategies with Cesar Alvarez from Alvarez Quant Trading. In the first episode we discussed the goal of Mean Reversion trading, how to select a trading universe, a number of effective techniques to measuring Mean Reversion and how to combine indicators to identify better quality trades. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, you should check it out first here. In this 2nd episode in the Mean Reversion series, Cesar will be sharing: How to classify market conditions and adjust Mean Reversion strategies to the current market, Tips to choosing trades with a higher probability of success when you have more trades than your account can take, How the maximum number of positions you trade affects the role of luck on trading results and how to produce more 'reliable' results instead, Why it can be a good idea to have different strategies that
28/10/201736 minutes 2 seconds
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129: Does it actually make sense to ALWAYS use a stop loss?

Have you ever wondered: Why the word "abbreviate" is so long? Why are wise men and wise guys opposites? Why is it called quicksand if it takes you down slowly? Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?" Why is it that when we transport something by car it's called a shipment, but when we transport something by ship it's called cargo? I'm sure there are reasons for all of these, but on the surface they don't seem to make sense. What about stop losses, do they make sense? We often hear the trading rule of 'always use a stop loss', no matter what, use it everywhere, but… Does it actually make sense to ALWAYS use a stop loss? Or are there occasions when using a stop loss DOESNT make sense? And if so, how do you handle that? How do you manage your risk? In this week’s trading thought, we’re going to review a chat with Dr Ernie Chan about stop losses, and we discuss these ex
26/10/20178 minutes 52 seconds
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128: Where to find 'phenomenal' trade setups

As you probably know, we’re currently focusing on Mean Reversion trading strategies. In episode 127, Cesar Alvarez shared a number of techniques to measuring Mean Reversion and identifying setups. There was probably close to 10, maybe 12 different ideas Cesar shared with us, so there are lots of ways to measure Mean Reversion when looking for trade setups. Are any techniques better than others? In this weeks Trading Thought I want to add a little bit more to the insights Cesar shared with us on Mean Reversion setups by referencing another very popular Mean Reversion episode I did with PJ Sutherland, episode 62. <div class="ac-designer-
17/10/20176 minutes 27 seconds
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127: Building Mean Reversion trading strategies with Cesar Alvarez - Part 1

We’ve got something special organised for you here... This is the 1st episode in a special 2-part series on building Mean Reversion trading strategies. And to discuss Mean Reversion we have a special guest, someone who has been on the podcast a couple of times already - Cesar Alvarez from Alvarez Quant Trading. Those of you who know Cesars work would be aware that he is a Mean Reversion specialist. He has a wealth of knowledge on Mean Reversion trading that he's going to share with us over this special 2-part series, so I’m really excited to be sharing it with you. In this first episode Cesar will be sharing: The high level steps to building a mean reversion trading strategy, Why carefully selecting a trading universe is so important and the factors you need to consider, Simple but highly effective techniques to measuring mean reversion you can start testing today, How to combine indicators properly to identi
14/10/201739 minutes 3 seconds
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126: Protection in a market downturn

It seems from the emails I’ve been getting lately that more and more traders are becoming concerned about the state of the markets, especially the stock markets, which is understandable. And the concern is really around what’s going to happen when the stockmarkets start falling. What could happen to their strategies and accounts and how can they prepare for it now? How can they protect their portfolios? One form of protection that often comes up is using diversification to reduce portfolio risk. However, a common question that is raised is how to actually go about diversifying? Is there more protection in diversifying across markets, or staying in the same market and diversifying across strategies? In this short piece of audio, Perry Kaufman discusses how he looks at diversification, and it’s something you may want to consider when you’re thinking about how to protect your own trading account and portfolio in a market downturn.
13/10/20176 minutes 22 seconds
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125: Are your trading strategies sick or healthy?

In this weeks ‘Trading thought’ we’re going to discuss an issue that all traders have to face... How do you know when to stop trading a strategy? A common approach is to wait for a strategy to reach the maximum historical drawdown and then either stop trading the system or look at modifying it or optimizing it, but... There are a couple of problems with that approach: Once the strategy has hit that drawdown level, the damage is already done, you’ve already taken a series of losses to get to that level, What if you stop trading the strategy and it recovers from the drawdown, you missed out on the recovery. When we have a system that goes into drawdown, we never really know if it’s the beginning of the end for that strategy or if it will be a drawdown within expectations, so it can be tricky issue to address. Can this be managed differently? Are there warning signs to watch out for that can tell us if our strategy
06/10/20179 minutes 50 seconds
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124: Managing Trades with Linda Raschke

Trade management is a critical component of a trading strategy. It can often be the difference between a profitable trade and a loss... However many traders focus on the entry only and leave trade management as an afterthought. In episode 49 of the podcast, Linda Raschke, said "trade management is probably the most neglected area of system development". In that episode we focused on Linda's approach to modelling the markets but in this episode Linda is back to discuss trade management and exits, including: Why trade management is such a neglected aspect of trading, How to model different types of exits and the impact of market environments, How volume and breadth measures can give clues to the tone of the market, and How to use the power of relative strength to target the best markets to trade.
01/10/201743 minutes 44 seconds
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123: Will history repeat in 2017?

In this weeks Thursday Trading Thought we’re going to discuss a market pattern that was identified over 80 years ago, perhaps even longer, that could indicate what happens in the markets for the rest of 2017. Now, I can imagine some traders are probably thinking, “who cares about some old, dusty trading rule from the 1900’s, surely that has no relevance to the markets today?” Well, that’s what we’re going to discuss with our guest Brent Penfold, who is going to answer the following questions, plus more: What is this pattern and can something identified over 80 years ago really have any relevance to trading today, Does the pattern still work and what is it suggesting the markets could do for the rest of 2017, And how could this pattern be applied to trading today? Brent is even going to share 1 application of this pattern with some very interesting backtest results so you don’t want to miss that.
28/09/201719 minutes 48 seconds
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122: Competing with Machine Learning and PHDs

With the explosion of computing power, more and more resources are being deployed to analyse the markets. Edges that used to work are being eroded away or destroyed as traders from all around the world get to work analysing the same sets of price data. Add to that mix the sophisticated machine learning algorithms and the rooms full of PhDs, how do we even compete with that? If everyone is looking at the same price data, is trading based on price alone enough, and if not, then what is the solution? In this weeks Thursday trading thought Gary Hart from trendfinder trading systems is going to share his approach to this problem.  We pickup the conversation discussing changes in the markets over time.
21/09/20179 minutes 36 seconds
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121: Volatility and Systematic Options Strategies with Luca Giusti

In this episode we’re going to explore a topic we don’t cover much on this podcast and that is options trading. 2 of the mains reasons we don’t discuss options trading much, is firstly because I don’t trade options myself and have limited knowledge of how to use them, but also because there are some challenges with testing options strategies which makes it difficult to backtest them systematically. However, there are some potentially huge benefits to trading systematic options strategies in a portfolio, if you can overcome these challenges. Today's guest, Luca Giusti from QTlab, is here to discuss options with us, explaining: The benefits of trading options systematically, The challenges of testing options strategies and the solution, Why volatility is such an important aspect of trading which can’t be ignored, How to factor market volatility into trading strategies to reduce risk and increase performance.
17/09/201731 minutes 43 seconds
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120: 3 trading inspirations

In this weeks Thursday Trading Thought we’re going to inject some inspiration into the podcast. Trading is a really tough business and sometimes as traders we can get into a bit of a funk, no matter what level of trading we’re at. But we’re only human and we’re all trying to get better, so in this episode I’ve pulled together 3 of my favourite stories or motivations from the podcast. We’ve had a lot of inspirational guests on the show over the years so I could have pulled out a whole bunch of these but to keep it short for this Thursday Trading Thought I’m going to share 3 that stood out to me. Hope you enjoy them!
15/09/20177 minutes 21 seconds
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119: Fear, Hope and Greed

Fear, Hope and Greed are 3 dangers that traders of all levels need to watch out for. They can have sometimes have a dramatic impact on our trading results, and even cause traders to quit trading or to blow up their accounts. And even if you think you’ve got them covered things can change pretty quickly, and even seasoned pros that are often as cool as ice can turn into a quivering mess in the corner! OK, that was a little dramatic, but it can happen and I’m sure you get the point that at times traders of all levels can become susceptible to the dangers of Fear, Hope and Greed. So how can we manage them so that it doesn’t impact our trading? In this weeks 'Thursday Trading Thought' Brent Penfold is going to share some practical tips on how to overcome these 3 dangers, so let head on over to our chat with Brent to see what he has to share.
07/09/201711 minutes 12 seconds
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118: Game Theory with Brian Miller

So here it is, the 2nd part of our conversation with Brian Miller from Optimized Trading. In the chat today we're going to combine some new topics with an expansion on our previous conversation, including: The application of game theory in trading (it doesn't just apply to HFT), The importance of letting the R&D process guide you instead of trying to squeeze it into a preconceived idea, How to balance simplicity with complexity for more robust trading solutions, The impacts of price data evolution on trading model longevity and how to address them, Plus a few questions from listeners.
04/09/201738 minutes 40 seconds
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117: How to make better trading decisions

A common misconception with systematic and algorithmic trading is that it removes the impacts of human psychology on trading. But that’s really not the case. In fact, even when we’ve got trading platforms automatically executing trades for us, the mental aspects of trading can still have an impact on execution, model development, position sizing and other areas... Sometimes without us even knowing. And not only can they have a negative effect on our trading results, but can also take a toll on our health, well-being, relationships and other areas of our personal lives. But by being able to identify issues and putting plans in place to address them, we can make better trading decisions. So how do we do that? In today’s Trading Thought we’re going to hear Laurent Bernut explain a technique that he uses, plus he also shares a 'jedi mind trick' that can quickly reset some of the mental states traders can get into.
01/09/201711 minutes 54 seconds
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116: Building entries without curvefitting

You may have noticed over the past few weeks of 'Thursday Trading Thoughts' that we’ve been following a theme. In episode 113 we heard about a test Kevin Davey calls the ‘Monkey test’, which can be used to measure the effectiveness of entries and exits. Then in episode 114 we reviewed a technique that Dave Bergstrom shared to measure the decay of a trading edge so that we can determine when an edge has gone, and not overstay our welcome at the party. In this weeks trading thought we’re going to discuss the process of combining edges, filters, conditions into a trading system. A common practice when building trading strategies is to combine indicators or filters to see how that particular combination impacts performance, however this practice can be overused or abused,
25/08/20179 minutes 7 seconds
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115: Intelligent strategies that maintain themselves - David Stendahl

Glad you could join us today for our chat about intelligent systems that maintain themselves. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well actually, that’s not all we’re going to discuss today, we’ve got so much more than that. Our guest for this episode is David Stendahl, from Signal Trading Group. David is a CTA with more than 20 years of experience designing and trading systems, and not only is he an international speaker and the author of 4 books but he also co-created the backtester in Tradestation many years ago. In this episode he’s got a lot to share with us, here are just some of the points we cover: How to build intelligence into trading strategies so they dynamically adjust and maintain themselves over time, The key to portfolio construction and the major factors to consider for effective diversification, Why it can be better NOT to specialise in
20/08/201741 minutes 8 seconds
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114: How to quickly identify when an edge has gone

Last week we reviewed a technique Kevin Davey shared to measure the effectiveness of entries and exits using something he calls ‘the monkey test’. This week we’re going to look at entries and exits from a slightly different angle: How can we measure a trading edge after we’ve entered a trade, Is it possible to identify when that edge has disappeared so we can consider exiting the trade rather than overstaying our welcome? In this episode we’re going to review a technique that Dave Bergstrom uses to measure the decay of a trading edge. We pick up the conversation talking about validating trading strategies for robustness, take a listen!
18/08/20177 minutes 10 seconds
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113: How good are your entries and exits... really?

Today, we’re going to have a quick chat about the effectiveness of entries, and a simple technique you can use to determine how good an entry or exit really is. I’ve been working on some breakout strategies lately and I’ve noticed in some of them that the entry really isn’t that important at all… That is, I can be pretty loose with the entry values and get similar results… So there are other components to the strategy that are actually driving the performance. Now, this got me thinking about measuring the effectiveness of entries and exits, so today I want to share a technique that Kevin Davey calls the “monkey test”. And no, you don’t need actual monkeys for this! Let’s hear how Kevin uses the monkey test to check how good his entries and exits really are.
11/08/20173 minutes 32 seconds
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112: Intraday Trading with Stefano Serafini

Glad you could join us today where we get to chat with Stefano Serafini – the current leader of the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®* I met Stefano in New York at a trading masterclass a few years back and he’s been doing some great things with his trading. As I mentioned, he’s the current leader of the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®* Sometimes in these trading competitions you see traders rocket to the top of the leaderboard really quickly, but they usually disappear just as quick. Anyone who’s been watching the competition this year would have noticed that Stefano has been pretty consistent so far, so we’re going to discuss his trading approach, especially around intraday trading strategies and portfolio construction. In our chat you will learn: How to use filtering on higher timeframes to produce higher quality intraday trades, How ‘time windows’ can improve trading results and what to look for, <
06/08/201735 minutes 7 seconds
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111: Managing Monte Carlo

As systematic and algorithmic traders, we have a number of tools and processes we can use to test and validate trading strategies. For example, in-sample/out-of-sample testing, walk forward analysis, cluster analysis and a bunch more. (And don’t forget all the fancy named techniques that have been lumped in with Machine Learning that are sometimes just rebadged techniques that have been around for ages already!) Anyway, one of the tools that we have at our disposal is Monte Carlo analysis. When you’re using a tool it can be good to understand how it works... What are it’s strengths? What are it’s weakness? Today I’m going to share with you a little bit of audio from Dave Walton of Statistrade, explaining the benefits of Money Carlo analysis, and also a few of the weakness or false assumptions around Monte Carlo analysis that we really need to be aware of if we want to manage Monte Carlo effectively. Let’s take a listen to what
04/08/20176 minutes 53 seconds
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110: George Costanza tip for Traders

T Today I want to share with you one of my favourite Seinfeld episodes ever. It’s the episode where George Costanza realises that all of the decisions and actions he’s taken throughout his life have been the wrong ones. So he decides to do everything the opposite. He’s in the diner with Jerry and Elaine and he sees an attractive woman sitting up at the counter who seems to be interested in what he’s doing, glancing over at him. Instead of sitting back and doing nothing about it he does the opposite... He approaches the lady, announces that he’s a short, bald, unemployed man who still lives with his parents, and... She immediately goes out with him! Later on, he gets an interview for a job with the New York Yankees and during the interview he gets an opportunity to meet the owner. Instead of sucking up to the owner, he does the opposite and tells him how much the team sucks, how he’s done a poor job managing it, making st
28/07/20174 minutes
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109: Adaptive Trading Systems with Brian Miller

The markets are in a constant state of adaptation. Conditions change. Strategies fall in and out of sync with the market, causing periods of good and poor performance. So what can we do to improve consistency by making our systems adapt better to changes in market conditions? Our guest for this episode, Brian Miller, is from Optimized Trading, and in our chat he shares with us: Why implementing adaptability into strategy design is so important and some techniques you can use to create adaptive systems today, Why market classification needs to be considered and the types of approaches you can use to classify the market, How to pursue a multi-model structure that adjusts dynamically to changing market conditions, Plus much more. Note: This is the 1st part of 2 recordings, look out for the 2nd part coming soon!
23/07/201731 minutes 26 seconds
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108: What Market Breadth can reveal about current market conditions

Over the last few months you may have noticed an increase in the number of articles being published on the internet using Market Breadth to predict which way the stock markets could go next. In fact, I saw one just recently that said the US stock market is set for a parabolic move. Now, as systematic traders I'm sure most of us are not really interested in predicting those types of things... However Market Breadth measures can provide us with additional insights into the underlying conditions in the market that aren’t so obvious looking at a price chart. So today I want to share with you some Market Breadth knowledge from Greg Morris, who oversaw the management of over 5.5 billion dollars. Take a few minutes now to hear from Greg about Market Breadth and what it can reveal about the underlying conditions in the markets.
21/07/20179 minutes 18 seconds
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107: Indicators that adapt to changing market conditions

"I think most traders use canned indicators like a stochastic or RSI or MACD, with a fixed length without thinking much about them." - John Ehlers They take the default length, or one that performed well in a backtest, or even one that has been recommended by someone else, and they start trading with it. They may have a good run for a while... And then it falls apart for no explainable reason... The basic problem is that market conditions change, but indicators are fixed and don't adjust to changes in market activity. So how can we make our indicators more adaptive to market conditions? Take a listen as John Ehlers explains a technique we can use to build indicators that adapt to market conditions and also shares a simple trick to check if our indicators are in-tune with the markets or not.
13/07/20177 minutes 22 seconds
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106: Can meditation give traders an edge with Adam Grimes

I have to admit… I’m a bit of a sceptic. However, I’ve had so many people recommend meditation to me in the past. Successful people. People I have a lot of respect for. In fact, some of the previous podcast guests, some big names, have shared with me how powerful meditation has been for them, both personally and for their trading. But it’s not just traders, many successful business people swear by it too. So, what’s all the fuss about? I’m always on the lookout for anything extra that can give us an edge in the markets, so could meditation be something us traders can harness to our benefit? Or is it all just some weird mumbo jumbo sham? Well it’s time to find out, so in this episode I speak to Adam Grimes about meditation and trading, including: What is meditation, and does it actually work? What are the benefits and drawbacks of meditation and can it help traders become better? How to get
09/07/201735 minutes 17 seconds
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105: A Dangerous Optimization Assumption

Today I want to share an optimization insight from Perry Kaufman. I was reading an article on a trading website and the author was making some assumptions based on the optimization results which may not have been entirely accurate. I think alot of traders can get caught up making this same assumption... I know I definitely have... And it's good to be reminded of these types of things so we don't make the same mistakes. Listen to Perry explaining what this assumption is, the danger in making it and how to overcome it.
07/07/20178 minutes 10 seconds
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104: Pulling the trigger in paradise

A few years back I was on a holiday with friends at Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. We were cruising around the island in a golf buggy when a friend suggests we go to the shooting range. I'd never even touched a gun before but while we were there I decided to shoot a .44 Magnum... 'the most powerful handgun in the world' according to Dirty Harry! Take a listen to hear what happens next and how it applies to trading.
30/06/20176 minutes 43 seconds
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103: A New Responsive Indicator with John Ehlers

Indicators often form a large part of trading systems, however there are a number of issues caused by indicators that can result in under-performing trading strategies, like: they're reactive, instead of predictive, they have alot of lag, which means they're slow to respond to the markets, and they can often give you a signal too late so you’ve already missed some of the move or even a large part of the move! Today we talk to John Ehlers who is going to share with us a brand new indicator he's developed that overcomes alot of these issues. This new indicator: Minimises lag, Is very responsive to the market, and Gives a fast indication of turning points. Plus at the end of the chat we share how you can get a FREE copy of this new indicator to try it out for yourself.
25/06/201727 minutes 3 seconds
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102: Is simple or complex better?

I'm currently in Sydney for a week doing some work, and I'm staying in one of the hotels near circular quay, overlooking Sydney Harbour. I won't share name of the hotel because it's a well-known name, and it's actually a really nice hotel... However I had an experience with them when I was checking in that I wanted to share because I think it has some nice parallels to trading strategies. Take a listen!
22/06/20174 minutes 53 seconds
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101: Trading price patterns with Brent Penfold

Most trading strategies are built to find repeatable patterns in the market and then attempt to exploit any future occurrences of the pattern to make a profit. There are lots of different ways to find patterns, and in this episode Brent Penfold talks about patterns in price action. Brent is a full time trader, author, educator and licensed Futures Advisor, and in our chat you will learn: Why it can be better to focus primarily on price instead of a collection of indicators, How to identify patterns in price action, The dangers of trading stocks and why Futures are a superior trading instrument for active traders, How a ‘universal dataset’ can lessen the risk of datamining, How to blend individual systems into a portfolio to produce smooth equity curves. PLUS, we announce the lucky winner of the Better System Trader ‘Super-package’ giveaway, worth almost $20,000!
18/06/201735 minutes 8 seconds
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100: Ask Jack Schwager

Jack Schwager returns to answer all your trading questions. Jack is a well known expert in the industry, working for some of wall streets leading firms and is also one of the founders of FundSeeder. Plus, he's the author of the best-selling series of 'Market Wizards' books, which I'm sure most traders on this earth have read! In this 2nd part of our chat with Jack, he answers all of the trading questions you submitted (well most of them anyway, unfortunately we didn't have all day to talk!) Plus, to celebrate the milestone 100th episode, we've got a huge giveaway worth almost $20,000 -  and one lucky trader is going to win it. Listen for more details and information on how to enter.
11/06/20171 hour 5 minutes 28 seconds
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099: Where to focus for top trading performance

When I was learning to snowboard, I still remember the first time I got off the lift chair, strapped myself in the board and looked down the mountain. It was really overwhelming and I wondered how I was actually going to get down there without any injuries! My instructor was very comforting telling us ‘Not to focus on the bottom of the mountain’, because even though that’s the destination, to get there we were actually going to zig-zag down the mountain. So we needed to focus on the next turn and how we were going to execute that. We were told to look where we wanted to go, so if you want to go left then look left, your shoulder/hips will turn, your body weight will shift on the board and that will steer the board. And as you’re moving across the mountain you obviously want to look for hazards, look for where you want to turn and focus on shifting your body weight to steer the board around the corner It was all about the process. By f
09/06/20179 minutes 38 seconds
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098: When is a strategy ready for live trading?

It can be really interesting and exciting to research the markets and test different ideas but at some stage we need to decide if the strategy is ready for live trading. Some traders can get stuck endlessly researching… Trying to find that perfect system… Which comes at a cost. How do we avoid getting bogged down in research? How do we know when a trading strategy is actually ready for trading? Let’s listen to Kris Longmore from Robot Wealth explain his approach to determining when a trading strategy is ready for live trading.
02/06/20175 minutes 16 seconds
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097: Optimization Myths with Jack Schwager

Jack Schwager needs no introduction. He's a well known expert in the industry, working for some of wall streets leading firms. Plus he's the author of the best-selling series of 'Market Wizards' books, which I'm sure most traders on this planet have read! In this chat with Jack we discuss Optimization Myths, referencing some interesting results of a study that analyses the effectiveness of optimization... The results may not be what you expect... And could have a huge impact on the way we test and trade strategies. There are plenty of other nuggets of info too, including: The relationship between the best performing past and future parameter sets, Why optimization adds very little to the power of a trading strategy and where to focus instead, and How to properly assess trading results to determine if it’s your strategy or the market that’s actually any good.
28/05/201726 minutes 40 seconds
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096: Could you be throwing away good trading strategies?

Did you know there are some situations that can cause traders to throw away perfectly viable trading strategies, without even realizing it? Imagine that! Putting all that hard work and effort into building a trading strategy but due to some arbitrary decision we’re making during the strategy creation process, we throw the strategy away... When it could have been a good trading strategy... So, what could be causing this? And, what’s the solution? Let’s hear Dave Walton from Statistrade explain what this danger actually is so we know what to look out for, and then briefly discuss one of the solutions to this 'hidden' problem.
25/05/20177 minutes 7 seconds
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095: What makes a successful trader?

Have you ever wondered what exactly is it that makes a trader successful? Is it based on personality? A specific approach to the markets? Pure luck? Dr Brett Steenbarger is a trader and performance coach, and gets heavily involved in the recruitment process for trading firms. He gets to interview traders, see how they work and analyse their performance so he’s in a really great position to make these types of observations. Take a listen to Brett sharing the 3 main components he's observed in successful traders.
18/05/20176 minutes 8 seconds
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094: Cornering the market with Kurt Sakaeda

How many traders do you know that have successfully cornered a market? If you're not familiar with the term 'corner the market', it means to get enough control of a commodity, stock or other asset so that you can manipulate the price. There are a number of documented cases in history where people have tried... ... and it usually doesn't work out too well for them! This weeks podcast guest Kurt Sakaeda has cornered a market, however it was more of an amusing accident that an intentional act. And this is just one of the entertaining stories Kurt shares with us in our chat today. Those familiar with the World Cup Trading championships would recognize Kurts name because he's won it a few times, with his first win in 2000 so he's been trading for a while. In our chat with Kurt we discuss a mixture of trading topics, including: How to include seasonality in trading models and why you don’t need to worry about curve-fitting seas
14/05/201743 minutes 28 seconds
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093: Trading in an emergency

Last week I had to make an emergency trip to the hospital. It highlighted a gap in my trading 'operation' (pardon the pun) so I wanted to share that with you so that you can learn from my mistakes. How will your trading handle an emergency?
12/05/20174 minutes 55 seconds
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092: Trading for a Living with Nick Radge

Have you ever dreamed of leaving your day job to trade for a living? Or living a life of freedom - travelling the world or hanging around at home, doing whatever you like during the day while you live off your trading profits? When I first started getting into trading I had this grand vision in my mind of leaving my corporate job, travelling the world, living a life of luxury all supported by my trading profits. It's a common goal for alot of traders, but getting to that stage can be difficult, and knowing when you're ready to make the leap can be challenging. I regularly receive emails from people asking questions like: How do I know I’m ready to trade for a living, How do I become a full-time trader, How much money do I need, What other factors do I need to consider before taking this step. The guest for this episode, Nick Radge from The Chartist, has an extensive trading history and also mentors oth
04/05/201734 minutes 24 seconds
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091: Leveraging Exits with Laurent Bernut

“ When you have a bad entry, you can always work your way around it, but when you have a bad exit, this is final… This is when the P&L gets printed.” – Laurent Bernut Exits have such a dramatic impact on overall strategy performance, so having a full and proper understanding of the best way to leverage exits is absolutely essential. In this episode, Laurent Bernut from Alpha Secure Capital combines his witty sense of humor with his knowledge of exits, to entertain and to also share: How to classify exits and set them to achieve much clearer, neater, and better trading strategies, A simple technique to determine if you’ve overstayed your welcome in a trade, stay too long and you could suffer! How to use "the game of two-thirds" to determine the length of a time-exit, Plus much more, including the correct way to think about stop-losses, how to deal with free-loaders in a portfolio and the ultimate entry technique
30/04/201734 minutes 38 seconds
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090: How to find trading ideas every single day

I recently received an email asking me where all the trading ideas are. I think every episode provides at least 1 idea of value, but one that stands out in my mind was the chat with Rob Hanna in episode 7. In that episode he share loads of trading ideas. But he also goes one step further and explains the technique he uses to find new trading ideas... Every. Single. Day. Using this technique we can find lots of ideas to test too. Take a listen to this short audio snippet from Rob explaining how he never runs out of trading ideas to test.
28/04/20177 minutes 35 seconds
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089: Automated trading – ‘Set and forget’ or ‘Forget and regret’?

One of the appeals of automated trading is that it can be automated. You can 'set it and forget it' if you want. However there can be some dangers with doing so. About a year and a half ago I went through a period of being a little bit slack with monitoring my automated strategies and there was one occasion where my 'set it and forget' approach turned into a case of 'forget it and regret it'... ... A stop loss order for one of my strategies had been rejected ... I failed to check my trading platform for a few days because I was travelling and tired ... That particular lesson cost me 2-3 times the original stop loss size. So that was a stupid thing to do. But I learnt my lesson and now I check my trading platform alot more. A regular checkup to make sure everything is running smoothly is incredibly important because technology issues can (and will) happen at any time. But there's another process I've implemented wh
21/04/20179 minutes 50 seconds
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088: Protect and Grow Capital during Corrections with Ivanhoff

Market corrections can be a stressful and challenging time for some traders, but it can also be a time of incredible opportunity. How can we not only protect our trading accounts but also grow our capital even further during market corrections? Our guest for this episode, @Ivanhoff, is author of the book ‘Crash: How to Protect and Grow Capital During Corrections’ and in this episode he's going to share with us: Some of the warning signs a correction could be starting and how to protect your capital during market corrections, The opportunities available in market corrections and how to take advantage of these to grow capital, How the characteristics of corrections are changing over time and the impacts
16/04/201750 minutes 22 seconds
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087: What's your risk of ruin?

Earlier this week I was on a flight from LAX back to Melbourne. As we were sitting on the plane waiting for our departure I overheard a flight attendant say to a fellow passenger that one of the other planes had been struck by lightning causing delays to other flights. At the time I didn’t know if a lightning strike on a plane was a bad thing, it sure sounds like something you don’t want to experience, however it got me thinking about the risks of flying. Now admittedly, it’s probably not the best thing to be thinking about just before the plane takes off for a 16 hour flight across the Pacific ocean at night but luckily my thoughts quickly switched to trading and the risks we face as traders. One of the concepts which immediately came to my mind was ‘risk of ruin’, which we first discussed way back in episode 2. In that podcast interview, futures trader Brent Penfold says: "In my humble opinion, I think the risk of ruin is number one or
14/04/20178 minutes 10 seconds
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086: Why consider future market conditions?

"Basing your decisions on past data is like driving down the road, looking in the rear-view mirror". For the most part, traders don't know what’s going to happen in the future and never will. In the previous podcast episode, Gary Hart explains how considering future probabilities can be beneficial, suggesting traders “base decisions on the probable future instead of the certain past.” In this episode, we explore this idea further by reviewing a dangerous trading assumption and how traders can better position themselves for future market conditions.
07/04/20176 minutes 9 seconds
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085: Intraday Trading Strategies with Gary Hart

Our guest for the episode is Gary Hart, the founder of Trendfinder Trading Systems, a company offering mechanical intraday and swing trading strategies in futures. Gary has been trading futures for close to two decades now, becoming a member of the NFA and a registered CTA. He's had a number of trading strategies take the top spots in Futures Truth rankings so we’re going to discuss how he builds trading strategies that do that plus we also cover a lot of other aspects of trading, including: The challenges of developing day-trading strategies and how to overcome them The worst time to trade intraday strategies that can hurt performance Why price-based strategies have lost their edge and how integrating additional data can provide superior performance over purely price-based strategies How to construct a portfolio of strategies and identify ones that complement each other Plus much more, including overfitting, optimizatio
02/04/201747 minutes 31 seconds
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084: Handling noisy markets

One of the biggest challenges we face as traders is strategies that either fail or experience a reduction in performance over time. There are a number of possible causes for this, one obviously being changes in the market. In podcast Episode 10, Perry Kaufman discussed the change in the markets and how they've become noisier over time, with an increase in erratic movements up and down. This increase in market noise can have a huge impact on trading strategies and particular trading styles too and we're going to hear a little bit more about that from Perry today, including: How market noise has changed over time and what it means to different markets, How to measure the level of market noise, The impacts market noise has on particular trading styles and how to adjust strategies accordingly, and How this information can be used to our advantage to determine the type of strategy that suits a market. So lets take
31/03/20177 minutes 35 seconds
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083: How to get better at anything, faster

Last week I finished reading a book called ‘Peak – Secrets from the new science of expertise’. I wanted to share a concept from that book with you today because it contains a model that has the potential to: accelerate the learning process and dramatically increase our level of expertise in a short amount of time. What trader wouldn't want that? Most people tend to assume that if they keep working on something they will automatically get better at it, but performance scientists have shown that is not necessarily what happens. A lot of people reach a certain level of competence and plateau... Others don’t really progress much at all... And often the process can take a long time to play out, progress can be slow... So that leads to the question, is it possible to reduce the amount of time that process takes? Are there techniques that we can use to accelerate the process?</stro
23/03/201713 minutes 48 seconds
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082: Machine Learning with Kris Longmore

Machine learning has seen a huge amount of growth over recent years with the increase in available data and processing power. It's an incredibly powerful toolset for uncovering patterns and relationships in data, however, these tools can be challenging to learn, apply correctly and are also open to abuse. Our guest for the episode, Kris Longmore from Robot Wealth, specializes in Machine Learning, Algorithmic Trading and Artificial Intelligence. He is the co-founder and Head of Quantitative Research at Quantify Partners and also provides consulting and educational services through his website Robot Wealth. In this episode Kris is going to share with us some of his insights into Machine Learning and strategy validation, including: How Machine Learning can be used to analyse huge amounts of data, uncover patterns and relationships, and define a trading edge, How Machine Learning tools can be abused and the common mistakes that traders m
19/03/201742 minutes 32 seconds
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081: Trading the Mean Reversion Curve

One of the main challenges with Mean Reversion trading is when to get into a trade, which can have a huge impact on profit and drawdown levels. How far from the Mean should we wait before considering a trade? PJ Sutherland shares the approach he uses to: Lower drawdowns Reduce the role of luck in trading Produce performance results that more closely resemble backtest results.
16/03/20179 minutes 55 seconds
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080: "My Best Losing Year Ever"

"My best losing year ever" and how traders can become better by learning from drawdowns, losses and other trading challenges.
09/03/201714 minutes 40 seconds
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079: Strategy Validation with Dave Bergstrom

With the toolsets we have available to us today it’s really quite easy to create a trading strategy by just mining market data. As we've just heard in that opening bit of audio and also from previous podcast guests too, if you try enough combinations you can find something that appears to work purely by chance or by luck. The challenge however is trying to identify something that could be sustainable. Something that may persist long enough in the future for us to take advantage of, and hopefully make some money from. Our guest for this episode, Dave Bergstrom from BuildAlpha, has spent years researching, building, testing, and implementing market making and trading strategies for a high frequency trading firm, CTAs, money managers, individual clients, and even aspiring retail traders. In this episode Dave is going to share some of his insights into strategy development and validation, including: How adjusting the ratio of in-sample/out
05/03/201737 minutes 38 seconds
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078: Deadly snake face-off

My face-off with a deadly brown snake - what can traders learn?
02/03/20175 minutes 28 seconds
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077: Choosing the right exit

In the previous podcast episode with Larry Tentarelli, we opened up the opportunity to submit questions for Larry and received quite a few pages. Surprisingly, a large portion of the questions were about exits. Why are exits so hot? I actually asked Larry why he thought exits were such a hot topic and he suggested that perhaps exits are an area that people really struggle with. This got me thinking about exits more and I recalled an interesting point that Murray Ruggiero made back in episode 42. I think Murray raised a really important concept which most traders may not even consider when they’re looking at exits and specifically how to choose the best type of exit for your strategy, which we’ll get to in just a sec. Ho
23/02/20177 minutes 28 seconds
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076: Entries, Exits and Trend Following with Larry Tentarelli

As traders, we can sometimes get tempted into making things more complicated than they need to be. Entries... Exits... Position sizing... Trade management... There are a number of aspects to trading where we get to decide how simple or complicated we really want to make it. Our guest for this episode, Larry Tentarelli, has developed a simple, no nonsense approach to trading and in our chat he shares the trading insights and approaches he's developed over the past 20 years. In this episode Larry shares: Simple techniques to trading and trade management that turned Larrys trading consistently profitable How traders can overcome the challenges of finding a trading style that suits their personality The “four legs of a table” approach to trading and why it’s so important for trading success Why there is no perfect entry signal and the key aspect of trading you should focus on instead PLUS a
19/02/201747 minutes 55 seconds
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075: Green Eggs and Traders

Did you know that Dr Seuss wrote the book “Green Eggs and Ham” on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with 50 words or less? That’s right, in 1960, the founder of Random House made a $50 bet with Dr. Seuss that he would not be able to write a book using only 50 different words. Well he accepted the challenge… Creating “Green Eggs and Ham”… And that book has sold more than 200 million copies, making it one of the best-selling childrens books in history! Think that was a fluke? Dr Seuss found that setting constraints was so powerful he used it with other books as well. His book ‘The Cat in the Hat’ was limited to around 250 different words from a list of 348 words selected from a first graders vocabulary list. That book sold millions of copies too. Dr Seuss is just one example of the power of constraints, showing us that setting limits can often produce better results than “keeping our options open”. Constraints can
17/02/20175 minutes 3 seconds
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074: A deeper understanding of optimization with Andrea Unger

One of the most common uses for optimization is to find the best value or best group of values for a trading strategy, but is this approach only giving us part of the picture? Are there other uses for optimization that we can leverage to create better trading strategies? Today we’re going to have a quick chat with World Cup Trading Champion Andrea Unger,  the only trader to ever win the competition 3 years in a row. Andrea has a slightly different view on optimization which we touched upon in a previous podcast episode, back in Episode 16. Today we’re going to dig into that a little more and hear Andrea’s thoughts on optimization and how he uses it to get a deeper understanding of the markets.
10/02/201714 minutes 25 seconds
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073: Combining simple concepts to build robust strategies with Art Collins

Our guest for this episode is Art Collins. Art’s story is interesting because in his younger days he was an expert card counter in black jack, and he’s translated some of those skills into building robust trading strategies from really simple market concepts. Not only is Art a trader but he’s published a number of books and magazines articles, he’s done lecturing, both online and offline so I’m sure you’ve seen his name around the place and it’s an honor to have him here on the show today. In this episode Art shares: How to combine simple market concepts to create robust trading strategies The four rules of system development to reduce over-optimization Simple ways to improve the statistical reliability of our strategies What traders can learn from Arts experiences being an expert card counter in black jack
05/02/201736 minutes 16 seconds
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072: Become a better trader by NOT trading

Let me tell you the story of 2 lumberjacks and how we can become better traders by NOT trading.
02/02/20179 minutes 17 seconds
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071: Does that strategy belong here?

Let's have a bit of fun today. It's Australia Day, so we're going with an Aussie theme for this Thursday Trading Thought... I'm going to share an email about a lamington and what it can teach us about trading strategies. (Yes, food and trading combined - it's ingenious! Just don't listen to it before bed...)   Happy Australia Day!
26/01/20174 minutes 42 seconds
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070: Risk Management with Robert Carver

Risk Management… It's not as sexy as the latest hot indicator… Or the undiscovered penny stock poised for an explosive move… Or the trading guru who appeared out of nowhere and is now promising to share the “secrets” to making million dollar profits overnight… … But there are a whole host of risks that have the potential to destroy trading accounts in just seconds, so it’s an incredibly important topic for serious traders to consider. We have plenty of examples in history that show what happens when Risk Management goes bad, so what can we learn from these and how can we best protect ourselves from catastrophic losses? Our guest for this episode, Robert Carver, is an independent systematic trader, freelance writer and research consultant. He spent years working for one of the world’s largest systematic hedge funds and is the author of “Systematic Trading: A unique new way to make investment and trading decisions.” In this episo
22/01/20171 hour 3 minutes 30 seconds
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069: What's all the fuss about?

Today we have a quick chat about technology and in particular Blockchain. Yes, Blockchain has been around for a few years now but we’re really seeing more and more of it in the news lately, and there has been a lot of hype about the potential applications of this technology. Some people have even said the Blockchain will have a greater impact on our lives than ANY other technology that exists today. How big is that? Much of the hype around Blockchain has been focused on the financial industry, or the potential for Blockchain to fundamentally change the financial services industry. Which got me thinking.. ... How could this impact us in the future, both as traders and as fine, upstanding members of society? :-) Anyway, my own personal knowledge of Blockchain was pretty limited - even though I’d heard of it a number of times I didn’t really have an idea of what it was. But I do remember that <a href= "http://bett
19/01/20177 minutes 53 seconds
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068: Is it time to move on?

How do we know when it's time to quit working on a trading strategy and move on to something else? Here's a lesson from the TV show Gold Rush.
12/01/20175 minutes 32 seconds
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067 - Quantitative Momentum with Jack Vogel

The guest for this episode is Jack Vogel from Alpha Architect, a quantitative asset management and consulting firm. Jack has published a number of papers on SSRN and also co-authored a couple of books including “Quantitative Momentum: a practitioners guide to building a momentum-based stock selection system”. In our chat with Jack you will hear: Momentum - what is it, what causes it and the different types you need to be aware of How to best apply momentum techniques to a portfolio Why measuring the quality of a trend is so important and how to do it
08/01/201740 minutes 49 seconds
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066: What can traders learn from Sully?

What can traders learn from airline pilot Captain Sullenberger and his response and actions landing a plane in the Hudson River?
05/01/201710 minutes
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065: The Top 10 Trading Lessons of 2016

So here it is: The Top 10 Trading Lessons for 2016! I have to admit, creating this list was really fun. Not only because I got to look back and remember all of the great episodes we released and the knowledge that these fantastic guests shared with us, but also because I had the chance to think about the impact these episodes hopefully had on your trading too. This Top 10 List was chosen based on a few factors, including download stats, feedback from listeners and some of my own personal favorites. So although this list is not solely based on analytics, each episode was chosen with the intention to offer powerful trading insights as you move into the new year. So if you missed any of these episodes, make sure you listen to them before we ring in the new year! Also make sure to download the FREE BONUS audio package — This audio contains the biggest trading lessons from each of the guests in this Top 10 list and I compiled them to make sure we all learn fro
24/12/20166 minutes 40 seconds
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064: Cryptocurrencies and Machine Learning with Bert Mouler

As markets become more mature and more efficient, it can be become increasingly difficult to find sustainable edges. Many traders are looking at the same data and using the same techniques, so what are our options here? 2 of the obvious options we have are: Try to find a unique approach to the markets or at least something that isn't so popular, Explore alternative markets where inefficiencies are more prevalent. In this episode, our guest Bert Mouler is going to discuss both options and share his solutions. Bert has been an independent trader for close to a decade and is the President and CIO of Profluent Capital, which uses advanced AI and machine learning technology to produce uncorrelated alpha for their clients. In our chat today, you will learn: Cryptocurrency markets – what to trade, the huge inefficiencies that exist and finding edges in the bitcoin markets The advantages and disadvantages
11/12/201644 minutes 38 seconds
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063: Market Regimes with Alan Clement

Most trading strategies have an optimal type of market condition where they work at their absolute best, so having an understanding of market conditions and being able to detect and adapt to them can really have a huge impact on trading performance. But how can we measure market regimes properly? What techniques can we use to find that delicate balance between stability and reactivity so that it improves performance rather than reduces it? Our guest for this episode, Alan Clement, has completed considerable research into market regimes and is going to share his knowledge with us today! Alan is a Certified Financial Technician, full time independent trader, quantitative trading systems designer and private investment consultant. In our chat today, you will learn: Market regimes – what they are and how they can impact the performance of your trading strategies The different types of Market Regimes and key aspects to consider whe
27/11/201649 minutes 16 seconds
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062: Mean Reversion strategies with PJ Sutherland

The performance profile of Mean Reversion is extremely desirable to a lot of traders. Mean reversion trading strategies can produce high win rates and a smooth equity curve, however there are risks, which can result in giving back a large portion of profits, or of your trading account, some times in a very short period of time. So what can you do to build mean reversion strategies that produce consistent profits while managing risk effectively? Todays guest, PJ Sutherland, is here to share the knowledge he has gained from years of research and trading mean reversion strategies, and as you’re going to hear, he has some really interesting insights to share with us. PJ has extensive experience in the development and deployment of quantified trading systems and has been active in the market for the past decade. He is the founder and director of Alpha Investment Advisors, providing research to hedge funds and prop trading firms, and the founder of the w
13/11/201653 minutes 53 seconds
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061: Foundations of Trading with Dr Howard Bandy

There are a number of different aspects to trading that we really need to get a handle on to increase our odds of success. Some aspects we often put a lot of thought and analysis into, and others we may not consider so carefully or at all, which could be impacting our trading results without us even realizing. Todays guest, Dr Howard Bandy, is here to discuss the foundations of trading, and some of these aspects we really need to consider, whether we’re just starting out or a more experienced trader. Howard has over 50 years experience in the research and application of modelling and simulation of financial systems. He has previously worked as a senior research analyst for a CTA firm, is a consultant to trading companies and individuals, as well as being an international speaker and publishing a number of books on quantitative trading systems. In our chat today, you will learn: How to systematically choose the right markets to fit you risk pr
30/10/201644 minutes 17 seconds
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060: Strategy Optimization with Robert Pardo

Why is it that some traders can create trading strategies that perform well in real-time trading while other strategies fall apart? How do some traders keep their trading strategies fresh and adaptive to market conditions while other strategies just stop working altogether? Robert Pardo, president of Pardo Capital, author of the book ‘The Evaluation and Optimization of Trading Strategies’ and creator of the ‘Walk Forward Analysis’ approach, is here to chat about creating and optimizing strategies that are robust and continue to work in the future. In our chat today, you will learn: Common mistakes traders make that can cause strategies to fail in real-time trading The dangers of traditional optimization techniques and how they can be reduced and even overcome How to determine if a strategy really is robust, while keeping it fresh and adapting to market conditions
16/10/201654 minutes 42 seconds
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059: Reducing Drawdowns with Scott Phillips

Who wants a steadily rising equity curve with little or no drawdown? I'm sure most traders do, but unfortunately it doesn’t usually end up that way. Drawdown is a big part of trading and can be one of the the biggest challenges traders face, so what techniques can we use to potentially help reduce drawdowns? Our guest for this episode, Scott Phillips, is going to share techniques he uses to manage drawdowns in his own trading. In our chat you will learn: How to quickly test a trading idea to determine if it’s worth more investigation Why it’s so important to understand market types, the impacts it could be having on your trading results and how you can leverage this knowledge to create strategies with enhanced performance How to improve your trading results through better trade management and multiple exits.
02/10/201650 minutes 49 seconds
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058: Adapting to market conditions with John Ehlers

Building robust trading strategies that can detect and adapt to market conditions can be a real challenge, and failure to do so can often result in poor trading performance and drawdowns. How can we build more robust trading strategies that adapt to market conditions as they change? Our guest for this episode, John Ehlers, who has a guest on episode 48, joins us to share some common problems traders face when building trading strategies along with tips on how to overcome them. In our chat you will learn: Tips and techniques to detecting and adapting to market conditions Common problems traders face with indicators and how to fix them The 4 requirements to building a robust trading strategy How the conventional wisdom of using indicators causes late signals and how to use them to anticipate instead A simple technique to determine if your indicators are working properly for the market conditions</li
18/09/201642 minutes 52 seconds
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057: Trading on Sentiment with Richard Peterson

Trading algorithmically based on sentiment data is a relatively new field compared to more established approaches. With the explosion of social media and computing power, the analysis of sentiment data has also increased, with some hedge funds committing considerable resources to researching the applications of sentiment data in trading. However, there is also some skepticism of the value of analyzing social media for trading, so what is sentiment trading all about? Can sentiment actually be used in trading models and how? Our guest for this episode, Richard Peterson, has been analyzing sentiment for over 20 years. He started what was probably the world’s first fund specializing in sentiment trading, and now runs a company called MarketPsych, specializing in the collection and analysis of sentiment data. In our chat you will learn: Why sentiment is so important and how it can give traders an edge The challenges of using sentiment data in tr
04/09/201641 minutes 46 seconds
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056: Allocating capital for higher returns with Michael Melissinos

Whether you’re a retail trader with a small account or a fund manager with millions or billions under management, something that we all need to consider carefully as traders is how or where we’re going to use the money in our trading accounts. 'Capital allocation' sounds boring but it can have such a huge impact on our trading results. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be overlooked for other aspects of trading like entries and exits, leaving traders with an inefficient use of their capital and can result in lower returns and poor performance. Can we use our trading capital more efficiently to achieve higher returns? And if we can, then how? Todays guest, Michael Melissinos, started out as a junior analyst at Bear Stearns and is now running his own systematic trend-following fund Melissinos Trading. Mike is a competitive guy, always looking for ways to improve his trading performance and in today’s episode he's going to share with us some p
21/08/201657 minutes 3 seconds
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055: Adam Grimes discusses market behavior, discretionary vs quant approaches and the application of Keltner channels in trading.

Today’s guest is a trader that has been requested quite a few times actually, I’ve had a lot of requests to have this person as a guest on the show, and the guest is Adam Grimes. Adam has two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer and is currently Chief Investment Officer of Waverly Advisors. He’s previously held positions at Level Partners, MBF Asset Management and SMB Capital and is the author of ‘The Art & Science of Technical Analysis: Market Structure, Price Action & Trading Strategies’. For those of you that know Adam and his work, his approach to trading is a mix of quant and discretion, and I think even if you’re a purely systematic or quant based trader it’s interesting to hear other people’s
08/08/201647 minutes 5 seconds
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054: From trading ideas to robust strategies - lessons and highlights from episodes 21-40

When I was preparing for the previous podcast episode on system trading through the Brexit, I had to review some of the past podcast episodes so that I could include some background content for the guests, and as I was going through some of those past episodes I realized that there was so much great information in them that I had already forgotten about. I even found some concepts or ideas that didn’t really catch my interest because it wasn't appropriate to my trading at the time but it’s now more relevant to me personally, so I thought it might be time to do another review of some of the past episodes as a reminder and to perhaps gain or reinforce past insights. Last year, we did a podcast episode where we reviewed episodes 1- 20. <a title="030 – Highlights from Episodes 1-20" href= "http://bettersystemtrader.com/030-highlights-
24/07/201642 minutes 28 seconds
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053: Should system traders ever override their systems?

The results of the Brexit decision took a lot of people by surprise and the markets reacted accordingly. What was interesting about this market event is that we all knew the date and time period when the Brexit votes would start rolling in, so we had a rough idea when we might see some type of market reaction, if the market reacted at all. As systematic traders, what should we do in this type of situation: Should we continue trading as usual, following our systems? Should we override our systems to reduce exposure, or perhaps temporarily stop trading altogether? Are there any other approaches that we should consider? How do we go about deciding what to do? In this episode we’re asking 13 system traders and past guests of the podcast (actually it's 12 past guests and one future guest) about their approach to trading around the Brexit vote. I’ll be asking them what their trading plan was going into the Brexit decision
10/07/20161 hour 20 minutes 45 seconds
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052 - An 'unfair trading advantage' with Tomas Nesnidal

Traders are always looking for an edge and today's guest shares a simple approach he calls an 'unfair trading advantage', that can have a dramatic impact on trading strategy performance. The guest on this episode has been on the show before, to discuss breakout trading strategies back in Episode 43. In that episde we discussed the steps to building breakout strategies and we even released a breakout strategy toolkit, included an ebook, cheatsheet and EasyLanguage code for 2 breakout trading strategies. In this episode, our guest Tomas Nesnidal will be sharing a different trading approach, and it’s something he likes to call ‘an unfair trading advantage’. He’s going to explai
26/06/201640 minutes 33 seconds
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051: Strategy evaluation techniques, flaws and solutions with Dave Walton

Today we’re covering a topic which can really be a concern for traders of all levels, from beginner to pro, and that is the topic of strategy evaluation. Have you ever found that real-life performance does not match expected results? Or perhaps you have a strategy that is stuck in a drawdown and wondering if it’s actually broken? I’m sure we’ve all heard of data mining bias, over-optimization and curve fitting and the impacts this can have on our trading accounts. We may be even using techniques such as Out Of Sample testing, Walk Forward Analysis, Monte Carlo analysis and a number of other measures to identify or reduce the impact of these issues, but do these approaches actually work? Are there limitations or dangers with these techniques? Are there better ways? In this episode we talk to someone who evaluates trading systems for a living, plus his research into system evaluation techniques has won awards. The guest is Dave Walton.
12/06/20161 hour 5 minutes 31 seconds
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050: Linda Raschke shares the work of Nelson Freeburg, his approach to model development and what we can learn by studying his work.

Nelson Freeburg was the editor of Formula Research, a newsletter that developed systematic timing models for the stock, bond, and commodity markets. He was also a research consultant working with institutional money managers to design proprietary timing models. Nelson had been an active trader since 1980 and occasionally spoke about his work to audiences around the world. In this episode, Linda Raschke shares memories of Nelson, his approach to model development and what we can learn by studying his work. Topics discussed Timing models and the components Nelson used in his models Russell growth vs Russell value model Out of sample testing and sample size Why Nelson focused so much on reducing drawdown Nelsons biggest strengths in modelling and what we can learn from his approach Voting systems The benefits of overlaying models
29/05/201642 minutes 20 seconds
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049: Linda Raschke on trading edges, modelling the markets, identifying market behavior, trade management and day trading techniques.

Markets are constantly changing. Trading edges come and go. In an industry with such a low survival rate, where some areas are changing at an ever increasing rate, what does it actually take to not only survive, but thrive, over an extended period of time? The guest on this episode, Linda Raschke, has been trading for over 35 years. She traded for several hedge funds before starting her own, ranking 17th out of 4500 hedge funds by Barclays Hedge for 'Best 5 year performance'. She's experienced a large number of changes in the industry, some of them have been huge, but she’s managed to adapt and continues trading even today. Linda stand out from the crowd for three factors: Performance, Longevity and Consistency, so what does it actually take? What has she learnt over the years and what can we do to improve our own chances of performance, longevity and consistency? In our chat with Linda we discuss some of the changes she’s experienced over t
15/05/20161 hour 38 minutes
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048: John Ehlers discusses indicator lag, applications of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in trading, the MESA approach, Cycles and regime switching.

Trading can be tough, markets are noisy and finding signals in the market noise can be challenging. Also, applying indicators to trading strategies can introduce lag, however a lot of traders don’t even realize the lag their indicators are introducing or the impact it can have on trading. In fact, the guest in our chat today, John Ehlers said “One of the biggest enemies of traders is lag”. So, what's the solution? John Ehlers is well known in the commodity futures arena as the Creator of MESA, having pioneered the MESA method of cycle analysis in the late 1970's and becoming the founder of MESA Software. He is author of four books including Rocket Science for Traders, Cycle Analytics for Traders, Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures and MESA and Trading Market Cycles. He has also been a contributing editor of Stocks & Commodities, winning a number of awards for his work. In our chat with John
01/05/201656 minutes 20 seconds
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047: Nitesh Khandelwal on how to choose an algorithmic trading platform and trading statistical arbitrage

Backtesting and execution are such key parts of algorithmic trading so choosing the wrong platform can have a huge impact on our trading. There are loads of trading platforms available and a lot of considerations which need to be made when choosing one that suits our needs, so in this episode we’ll be discussing backtesting and execution platforms with Nitesh Khandelwal, department head at QuantInsti who also co-founded iRageCapital and iRage Global Advisory Services. After our chat on algorithmic trading platforms we’ll also cover statistical arbitrage, high frequency trading and some interesting audience questions, so listen out for those. Topics discussed The 3 key components to an algorithmic trading platform and the basic questions you need to answer before choosing a trading platform Why backtesting and execution platforms should be separate Choosing a programming language and why python has become a popular choice i
17/04/20161 hour 10 minutes 13 seconds
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046: Perry Kaufman discusses strategy development and the issues and mistakes traders make when creating robust trading strategies.

I’m sure we all want to create trading strategies that perform better and last for longer but there are a number of issues we need to look out for when developing robust trading strategies, some are well-known and some perhaps aren't. In this episode we’ll be talking with Perry Kaufman about strategy development and more specifically some of the issues that can catch us out when creating trading strategies. Perry raises some interesting points about optimization that may not be well known plus he shares loads of tips to creating more robust strategies. Perry writes extensively on markets and strategies, having published fourteen books and has just released a new book on building algorithmic trading strategies, which we'll be discussing in this episode. He has worked and consulted to a number of successful CTA, investment and prop trading groups, creating systematic trading and hedging programs. This is also his 2nd appearance on the podcast, appearing
03/04/201652 minutes 34 seconds
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045: Andrea Unger explains how the traditional approach to entries can limit our ability to read the market and how he's modified the approach to identify entry opportunities.

Andrea Unger is the only trader to ever win the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading ®* titles 3 years in a row, with returns of 672% in 2008 (futures division), 115% in 2009 (futures division) and 240% in 2010 (futures & forex division). This is his 2nd appearance on the podcast, he was also a guest on Episode 16. In this episode Andrea discusses his approach to trade entries, how the traditional approach to entries can limit our ability to read the market and how he's modified the standard approach to identify entry opportunities. Topics discussed The typical approach to entries and how Andrea uses a modified approach to identify and test his entries Why starting an entry with a setup can limit your ability to read the markets The grouping of setups and how the style of trigger you use can determine the most appropriate setup</l
20/03/201640 minutes 23 seconds
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044: Short selling expert Laurent Bernut continues our discussion on short selling, bear markets, position sizing, trading edge and trading psychology.

Back in Episode 32 we had a chat with Laurent Bernut, a systematic short seller who spent years working in the Hedge Fund world specializing in short selling strategies. He shared loads of knowledge with us in that episode but we actually had a lot more to talk about. We ran out of time back then so in this episode we’re going to continue with the chat, covering a bit more on short selling, including common problems and mistakes traders make when short selling, the 5 psychological stages of a bear market, how these stages manifest in market behavior and where we are now. We also chat about his Convex position sizing model, visualizing your trading edge and how to tilt it more in your favor PLUS he shares with us a special trick to switch our minds from a flight or fight mode back into a state of flow. We also have some great questions submitted by podcast listeners so
06/03/20161 hour 10 minutes 56 seconds
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043: Tomas Nesnidal discusses how to create profitable breakout strategies, how to add new life into old strategies and why creative thinking is such an important aspect of successful trading.

Tomas Nesnidal has been a full-time trader for over 11 years, specializing in automated algorithmic trading strategies. He has experience with a number of trading styles, including option trading, spread trading, statistical arbitrage and market internals but in this episode we’re going to discuss one of his other specialties, breakout trading. In our chat we discuss the key components of a breakout strategy and how to combine them to create profitable trading strategies. We also discuss the degradation of strategies over time, how to add new life into old strategies and why creative thinking is such an important aspect of successful trading. In this episode we discuss The benefits of trading breakout strategies and what makes a good breakout strategy How to build profitable breakout strategies using 4 key components The degradation of strategies over time and how to add new life into old strategies Using filters
21/02/20161 hour 59 seconds
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042: Murray Ruggiero discusses intermarket analysis, system premise, creating robust strategies, the future of trading PLUS loads of questions from the audience.

Murray Ruggiero is the chief systems designer and market analyst at Tuttle Wealth Management, with around 200 million dollars under management. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on the use of intermarket and trend analysis in locating and confirming developing price moves in the markets. He is also a speaker, author and has been a contributing editor to Futures magazine since 1994, producing over 180 articles. In this episode we discuss various aspects of system development, including optimization, curve-fitting and creating robust strategies. We also discuss why strategies must have a premise, the importance and applications of intermarket analysis, cycles and a bunch of great questions from the audience. In this episode we discuss Factors to success in system development Why it’s important to understand the underlying premise of a system Techniques to reduce or avoid curve-fitting and develop robust strat
07/02/20161 hour 20 minutes 22 seconds
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041: Michael Cook and Kevin Davey discuss the benefits of collaboration on trading, why collaboration is so important, how to find the right people and tips to maximising effectiveness.

For those traders looking for an edge in every aspect of trading, today's topic is something that isn't discussed too much but has had a great impact on the 2 guests of this episode. The topic is collaboration in trading and the guests are Michael Cook and Kevin Davey. Both of these guests have appeared on the podcast before, with Michael being a guest on Episode 39 and Kevin being a guest on Episode 5 and Episode 38. Both have extensive trading experience too, successfully trading their own money and others. In this episode they share the impact collaboration has had on their own trading as well as why collaboration is so important, the actual benefits to
24/01/201652 minutes 49 seconds
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040: Larry Williams discusses algorithmic forecasting, the methods and applications of forecasting, cycles and seasonality, plus some forecasts for the markets in 2016.

Larry Williams has been a guest of the podcast before, sharing insights from 50 years of trading in Episode 20. In 1987 he won the World Cup™ trading championship, turning $10,000 to over $1.1 million in 12 months. He is a published author, with a long list of best-selling books and has also created a number of market indicators including Williams %R, Ultimate Oscillator, the Williams Accumulation/Distribution Indicator, COT indices, cycle forecasts, market sentiment and value measures. In this episode we'll be discussing algorithmic forecasting, the methods and applications of forecasting, cycles and seasonality, plus some forecasts for the markets in 2016. In this episode we discuss Why algorithmic forecasting can be so interesting and so challenging Is forecasting just an academic exercise or can it actually be applied to real tra
17/01/201622 minutes 14 seconds
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039: Michael Cook discusses position sizing to maximise returns, using the market to determine stop levels and the role of discretion in systematic trading.

We've been very lucky to have a number of trading champions on the podcast before and this episode we get to talk to another champion trader, Michael Cook, who won the World Cup Trading championships in 2007 (Futures), 2011 (Stocks) and 2014 (Futures). Michael worked in the institutional world for a number of years before leaving behind the banks and hedge funds to trade for himself. In this episode we'll be discussing how to increase returns with the same risk, using the market to determine stop levels, selecting a position sizing algorithm and the role of discretion in systematic trading. In this episode we discuss How a short statement from Larry Williams influenced Michael to enter the World Cup Trading championship and what we can all learn from it How Michael won the trading championship multiple times and the unexpected benefit of winning A method to increasing returns for a given risk Why market related s
10/01/20161 hour 4 minutes
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038: World cup trading champion Kevin Davey talks about the importance of trading goals, common mistakes traders make and the best way to formulate good goals.

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is typically the time when people review their accomplishments and progress for the past year, and make fresh plans for the year to come. I thought it might be good to do a quick bonus episode with someone who knows all about setting goals and achieving them. That person is World Cup trading champion Kevin Davey, who was a guest of the show on Episode 5. Now this is a bonus episode so it’s a really short one but it’s full of great information, including the importance of goals in trading, common mistakes traders make when setting goals and the process to creating good goals. Whether you're an accomplished goal setter or just starting out I think you'll find value in what Kevin has to share with us today so I hope you enjoy this short chat on goals in trading. In this episode we discuss Why it’s importa
01/01/201616 minutes 26 seconds
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037: Quant trader Cesar Alvarez discusses stop losses, including intraday vs EOD stops, volatility vs percentage stops, trailing stops vs targets, which is best?

In this episode we’re discussing the results of a quantitative study on stop losses completed by Cesar Alvarez of Alvarez Quant Trading. Cesar was also a guest of the show way back in Episode 3. Cesar was director of research for Connors Research for almost 9 years, developing quantitative trading models for individuals, prop traders and hedge funds. In this episode he’s going to share the results of a quantitative study on stop losses, also testing out some common pieces of trading advice to see if they're actually true. Stops can have such a huge impact on trading results so I'm sure traders of all levels will find this research invaluable.   We will be discussing backtesting results and some charts. We'll be explaining them for those who are listening along but if you’d also like to see the
27/12/201542 minutes 17 seconds
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036: Michael Bryant discusses automatic strategy creation, exploiting trade dependency and techniques to trading the equity curve.

Creating robust trading strategies can be a difficult task, sometimes taking months or even years to generate something you find acceptable. Even then, once you start trading it live there is no guarantee it’ll work in the future. With strategy creation being such an involved process at times, how would you like it if you could just tell the computer the results you wanted and let it figure out the trading rules? Is it actually possible to create robust trading strategies that way? In this episode Michael Bryant from Adaptrade talks to us about automatic code generation, methods to exploit trade dependency and techniques to trade the equity curve. Michael has been trading the markets since 1994, providing trading systems for the futures markets and even managing money as a CTA. He is founder of Adaptrade, a company which provides innovative software tools for individual and professional traders.
13/12/201536 minutes 57 seconds
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035: Andrew Gibbs discusses volatility and trading the VIX plus the benefits and methods of including fundamental data in technical quant models.

Andrew Gibbs has been involved in the financial markets since 2001 and is the founder and CEO of Halifax New Zealand. Andrew has extensive experience in all forms of equity and derivative contracts, managing millions of dollars and trading a number of markets around the world. In this episode we discuss volatility and methods to trading the VIX plus the benefits and methods of including fundamental data in technical quant models. Topics discussed Instruments you can use to trade volatility and the benefits or disadvantages of each What makes the VIX attractive to trade and why it often trends over time The types of trading styles that suit the VIX The dangers of trading volatility products Seasonality in the VIX How to get started building volatility trading models Fundamental data and the types of fundamental datasets tha
29/11/201539 minutes 29 seconds
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034: Jay Kaeppel discusses seasonality, how it can be integrated into a trading model, applications of the Known Trend Index and why most traders fail.

Jay Kaeppel has over 25 years experience in the financial markets. He has worked as the Head Trader for a CTA and published a number of popular trading books on Futures, Options and Stock Market Seasonality. He also spent a number of years writing a weekly column titled “Kaeppel’s Corner” and publishes on his blog “Jay On The Markets”. He is now Portfolio Manager for Alpha Investment Management, offering strategies such as the ‘Alpha Multi-Income Strategy’ to investors. In this episode we discuss a number of seasonal tendencies, how they can be integrated into a trading model, the applications of the Known Trend Index and the reasons why most traders fail. Topics discussed The Santa Claus rally - what it is and how to trade it How to use seasonality to complement other models Seasonality tendencies around holidays Monthly seasonal tendencies and a simple monthly seasonal system that vastly outperf
22/11/201548 minutes 5 seconds
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032: Laurent Bernut discusses short selling, the importance of exits, insights into Bear markets, autotrading Forex and why complexity is a form of laziness.

Laurent Bernut was a systematic short seller with Fidelity for 8 years. His mandate was to underperform the longest bear market in modern history: Japanese equities. Prior to that, he worked in the Hedge Fund world for 5 years. He now runs an automated Forex strategy and travels the world with his family. In this episode we talk all about Short selling, creating shorting strategies, the challenges of implementation and how to manage risk. We also discuss the importance of exits, insights into Bear markets, autotrading Forex and why complexity is a form of laziness. Topics discussed The benefits of developing a strategy on the short side first and why long/short symmetry is important Challenges with executing short systems and solutions The most important aspect to worry about when short selling Finding short candidates in a Bull market and why you should ignore absolute performance Tips to creat
08/11/201559 minutes 16 seconds
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033: Fund manager Thomas Stridsman discusses strategy development, why you need to normalise metrics, tips to creating robust strategies and why he doesn't test entries and exits any more (and what to focus on instead).

Thomas Stridsman has over 20 years experience in the financial markets. He was an editor for Futures magazine and published two books on trading system development and money management. He is now a fund manager at Alfakraft, specialising in short-term trend following strategies with a focus on dynamic size allocation and risk distribution algorithms. In this episode we discuss strategy testing, why you need to normalise metrics, tips to creating robust strategies and why he doesn't test entries and exits any more (and what to focus on instead). Topics discussed The differences between short term trend following and long term trend following Why backtesting metrics should be normalised to give an accurate picture of performance Why you should look to restrict the number of consecutive winners and losers The difference between a good model and a profitable one Tips to creating robus
07/11/201532 minutes 55 seconds
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031: Greg Morris discusses the real definition of risk and how to manage it, the applications of market breadth and how the 'Weight of the evidence' concept can be used in trading.

Greg Morris was Sr. Vice President, Chief Technical Analyst, and Chairman of the Investment Committee for Stadion Money Management, overseeing the management of over $5.5 billion in assets.  He has been featured in the media a number of times, being invited to lecture about technical market analysis around the world. He is currently semi-retired, serving as a consultant and working on a few projects, including golf. In this episode we talk about the real definition of risk and how to manage it, the applications of market breadth and how the 'Weight of the evidence' concept can be used in trading. Topics discussed Why defining risk as volatility isn't accurate and what risk really is Can diversification actually be used to minimise risk? Why Rebalancing doesn't make sense The ‘Weight of the evidence’ concept and how it can be used in trading Why it’s important to test indicators over non-standard
31/10/201547 minutes 46 seconds
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030: Highlights and insights from Episodes 1- 20

A couple of weeks ago I went back through all the guests we've had on the show so far and realised how very fortunate we've been to have so many fantastic guests on the show, sharing their knowledge and experience, some of them with more than 50 years of trading experience! To be honest, I’d actually forgotten some of the topics we’d covered so far and going back through them was an excellent reminder of all the valuable information the guests had shared, so for Episode 30 I thought it might be a good idea to revisit some of the highlights from the earlier episodes so that those that haven’t heard them will go and listen to them, and those who have already listened may get some value out of hearing the highlights again. I know when I went back through them it reminded me of some things that I wanted to test or investigate further, and I really found it a valuable exercise so I hope you do too. This episode will cover some of the highlights from episodes 1 to
25/10/20151 hour 7 minutes 46 seconds
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029: Alan Clement discusses Rotational trading, alternatives to stop losses, measuring system health, dynamic position sizing and anticipating trading signals.

Alan Clement is a Certified Financial Technician, full time independent trader, quantitative trading systems designer and private investment consultant. He is also a councillor with the Australian Technical Analysts Association and contributes to the technical analysis articles for Fairfax press. In this episode we talk about Rotational trading systems, the impact of stops on results and alternatives to managing risk. Alan also shares some interesting tips into measuring system health, dynamic position sizing and anticipating trading signals. Topics discussed Rotational trading - entries, exits and managing risk Methods to measure momentum in trend following strategies The impact of stop losses in trading systems and alternatives to managing risk Tips to position sizing without a stop loss Using dynamic profit targets to reduce risk and increase retu
18/10/201554 minutes 49 seconds
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028: David Aronson shares research into indicators that identify Bull and Bear markets, including the Golden Cross/Death Cross, RSI, ADX, ROC and many others.

David Aronson is a pioneer in machine learning and nonlinear trading system development and signal boosting/filtering. He is author of “Evidence Based Technical Analysis” and his most recent book "Statistically Sound Machine Learning for Algorithmic Trading of Financial Instruments" is an in-depth look at developing predictive-model-based trading systems. He was also an adjunct professor of finance, regularly teaching MBA and financial engineering students a graduate-level course in technical analysis, data mining and predictive analytics. In this episode David shares research into the effectiveness of indicators to identify Bull and Bear markets; he’s tested a large number of indicators and combinations with some interesting results! We also discuss issues with data mining, conditions where traditional methods of measuring data mining levels can be problematic and then finish up with the future state of Technical Analysis. Topics discussed <ul
11/10/201555 minutes 11 seconds
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027: Trader and Psychologist Dr Gary Dayton discusses why traditional approaches to controlling emotions don't work, the role of emotions in trading and how mindfulness can improve trading performance.

Dr. Gary Dayton has been an active trader since 1999 and is President of a consulting firm that specializes in developing “peak” performance in traders. His approach to trading psychology is very different to the traditional approaches used by other trading coaches, introducing traders to the practise of mindfulness to not only overcome fear and other unwanted trading emotions but to develop the concentration and focus needed to trade successfully. In this episode we discuss why traditional approaches to controlling emotions don't work, the role of emotions in trading and how mindfulness can improve trading performance. He also shares some tips on how to get started practising mindfulness, the benefits it can have outside of trading and how the approach of Mental Parking can increase focus. Topics discussed Comparisons of sports and trading performance Traditional approaches to handling emotions in trading and why they don't work</l
03/10/20151 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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026: Systematic trader Robert Carver discusses trading rules, what makes a good trading rule and the advantages of using continuous rather than binary rules. He also shares insights into over-fitting and the challenges of walk-forward testing that can mak

Robert Carver is an independent systematic trader who spent more than seven years working for one of the worlds largest systematic hedge funds. In this episode we discuss trading rules, what makes a good trading rule and the advantages of using continuous rather than binary rules. He also shares insights into over-fitting and the challenges of walk-forward testing that can make it impractical. Topics discussed What makes a good trading rule The advantages of simple rules Why only some trading rules are profitable Walk-forward testing and some of the challenges that can make it impractical How much data you actually need to determine if a trading rule is better than another Why choosing the optimal values during a walk-forward test is not the best approach and some alternatives Weighting trading rules Steps to avoid over-fitting Should trading rules be adjusted for individ
27/09/201557 minutes 45 seconds
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025: Dr Brett Steenbarger, trader and trading coach, discusses creativity, static thinking and why it's important to have unique ideas for trading success. We also cover tips to increasing our creativity, why traditional trading rules need to be updated,

Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. is a trader, psychologist and trading coach who has been actively involved in the financial markets since the late 1970s. He is the author of a number of popular trading performance books and consults for hedge funds, investment banks and proprietary trading groups. Brett has an interest in using historical patterns in markets to find a trading edge publishing measures and strategies on his popular TraderFeed blog. He is also a regular contr
21/09/20151 hour 10 seconds
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024: Trader coach Dr Van Tharp discusses beliefs and their impact on trading, the qualities of successful traders, adapting trading to market types, position sizing, trading mistakes and overcoming fear, perfectionism and impatience.

In this episode Dr Van Tharp talks about beliefs and their impact on trading, the qualities of successful traders, adapting trading to market types, position sizing, trading mistakes and overcoming fear, perfectionism and impatience. Topics discussed How Van got started in the markets and the issues he faced initially The main reasons the majority of trades are unsuccessful How traders can identify the type of strategies that suits them What it means to trade your beliefs in the market How to assess whether your beliefs are useful
13/09/201552 minutes 2 seconds
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023: Portfolio manager Michael Himmel discusses Artificial Intelligence, the challenges and applications of AI in trading, criticisms of Machine Learning, event studies and the importance of selecting datasets.

Michael Himmel is a Founding Partner, Portfolio Manager and Director of AI Research for Essex Asset Management. He has been actively trading and designing systems since the 1980s, managing the No.1 Global Macro Hedge fund in the world in 1999. He now uses large doses of AI and Machine Learning in his current practice. In this week’s episode we discuss Artificial Intellig
05/09/201559 minutes 19 seconds
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022: Proprietary trader Robert Bubalovski discusses prop trading, arbitrage and pairs trading, statistical trading and what it takes to be a successful trader.

Robert Bubalovski is the Managing Director and Head Trader at TradeView investments, a privately held proprietary trading firm located in Melbourne, Australia. Since 1996 Robert has been actively involved in the financial markets and trading, in 2012 he decided to set up his own Proprietary Trading Firm to concentrate on his own trading strategies. His team of professional proprietary traders specialize in the trading of Equities, Futures, Options, FX and Money Markets across multiple exchanges around the globe and around the
30/08/201550 minutes 7 seconds
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021: Tim Rea discusses aspects of trading multiple strategies, including monitoring performance, money management, correlation, technology and trading in markets not in your timezone. We also discuss the impacts of the MFGlobal and PFG collapses a

Tim Rea is a proprietary trader, trading his own money with well over 100 automated systems across 25 different Futures contracts. He is a past winner of the World Cup trading championship, along with being a CTA and broker but gave that away to focus on trading his own money. In this weeks episode we discuss various aspects of trading multiple strategies, including monitoring performance, money management, corre
23/08/201553 minutes 56 seconds
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020: Larry Williams talks conditional trading, what drives prices, the misuse of indicators, cycles, forecasting markets PLUS 50 years of trading insights

In this weeks episode Larry Williams talks about conditional trading, understanding what drives prices, the misuse of indicators and how to apply them correctly. We also discuss cycles, forecasting markets, what to look for in market tops plus loads of listener questions where Larry shares tips and insights from 50 years of trading. Topics discussed What it means to be a conditional trader Why buy and sell signals need to be analysed in the context of market conditions Fundamental factors that drives markets Interpreting the COT reports correctly The buying differences between retail and commercial traders and how it can indicate future market d
16/08/20151 hour 7 minutes 16 seconds
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018: Scott Andrews 'The Gap Guy' talks all about Gaps, why they work, how to pick the best Gaps and avoid the worst, Gap Zones and setting stops and targets. PLUS we discuss a concept called 'Ensemble Systems' that may just change the way you view trading

Scott Andrews 'The Gap Guy' shares his expertise in gaps, why they work, what factors to take into account when trading gaps and what to avoid. We also discuss gap zones, when to fade and when to follow and calculating stops and targets. PLUS, for those that aren't into Gap trading, we cover some important concepts that can impact all styles of trading, include one concept called 'Ensemble Systems' which may just change the way you look at trading strategies. Topics discussed Why it’s important to trade a style that matches your own strengths rather than follow someone else Why gap trading works Markets where gaps work best and those
03/08/201550 minutes 18 seconds
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017: Jerry Parker from the original Turtles trading group shares 30+ years of trading experience in trend following and systematic trading.

Jerry Parker, Turtle Trader and CTA, talks about trend following, how to approach wins and losses, dealing with drawdowns, managing correlations in asset classes and how changing market dynamics have impacted trend following and the solution. He also gives us some tips on systematic trading including how he trades without relying on optimal values of the past. Topics discussed What types of characteristics Dennis and Eckardt were looking for in the Turtle traders program How the Turtles were taught to approach losses Commo
27/07/201554 minutes 40 seconds
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016: Trading champion Andrea Unger provides tips to creating robust strategies, indicators in trading, Forex trading and optimising to understand market behaviour.

World Cup Trading champion Andrea Unger discusses how to create robust strategies, the role of indicators in trading, principles to strategy creation, Forex trading strategies and optimising to understand market behaviour. Topics discussed The strategies and position sizing Andrea used to win the world cup trading championship 4 times The role of luck in trading Controlling risk when trading multiple strategies Where to find trading ideas The principles Andrea uses in the Forex and Futures markets to develop profitable strateg
20/07/20151 hour 8 minutes 12 seconds
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015: Stuart McPhee talks about the single biggest factor to trading success, common mistakes and the counter-intuitive side to trading, plus tips to improve discipline

Stuart McPhee discusses the common mistakes traders make, the single biggest factor to trading success, the counter-intuitive side to trading and tips to improving trading discipline. Topics discussed Why trading can be simple but not easy Common mistakes traders make Factors to consider when choosing a trading strategy that suits you Common Money Management mistakes The single biggest factor to trading success Common mindset issues traders experience Tips to improving discipline and
12/07/201538 minutes 32 seconds
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014: Rande Howell discusses issues limiting trader performance, the impact of emotions, managing process not outcome and tips to improve trading performance.

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 Patien
05/07/20151 hour 14 minutes 53 seconds
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013: Hedge fund manager Andreas Clenow discusses cash vs risk allocation, position rebalancing and why traditional trend following doesn't work in stocks.

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 s
29/06/201548 minutes 17 seconds
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012: Ernest Chan talks quantitative trading, momentum, stop losses, minimising drawdown and maximising returns, automated trading and competing with the big firms

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
21/06/201549 minutes 3 seconds
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011: Ralph Vince talks position sizing, the different applications of optimalf, trading horizon, diversification and his changing views over 25 years.

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 positi
14/06/20151 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds
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010: Perry Kaufman discusses applications of market noise, mitigating price shocks, volatility and using the Information Ratio to monitor strategy performance.

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 strat
07/06/20151 hour 13 minutes 39 seconds
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009: Gary Antonacci discusses the different types of momentum and how they can be used in a strategy to make profit and protect during a market downturn.

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 <li
31/05/201534 minutes 47 seconds
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008: Gary Stone discusses market timing, why it works, the impacts it can have on performance and how to do it correctly to beat the majority of fund managers.

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.
24/05/201554 minutes 43 seconds
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007: Rob Hanna discusses trading ideas, market behaviour, market timing, where to find the best edges and how a confluence of ideas can improve trading results.

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 <
17/05/20151 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
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006: Dr Howard Bandy talks about major changes in system development and trade management, handling systems that are out of sync with the markets and much more.

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 increa
10/05/201550 minutes 40 seconds
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005: Kevin Davey discusses important aspects of system development, the best systems to use, the correct backtesting process and how to be a successful trader

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 <span s
03/05/20151 hour 4 minutes 22 seconds
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004: Nick Radge discusses system design, the best type of trading systems, handling a bear market, measuring performance and the difference between successful traders and everyone else.

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 strate
26/04/20151 hour 1 minute 15 seconds
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003: Cesar Alvarez on trading ideas, backtesting, stops and market timing

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 <span st
19/04/201554 minutes 48 seconds
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002: Brent Penfold discusses trading principles, money management, risk of ruin and how to overcome greed, hope and fear in trading

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 <span style="font-size: 10
19/04/20151 hour 12 minutes 9 seconds
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000: Welcome to Better System Trader

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.
11/04/20155 minutes 22 seconds