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EP 096: An eight year overnight success story, and a thirst for momentum w/ Nico

Nico is a day trader with a thirst for momentum.

His story is one which many traders will be able to relate to, on one level or another. The short of it is; Nico placed his first trade in 2007, made 4x on his starting capital year one, and then slowly bled his trading account for the next seven years.

He’s now found his groove, but his overnight success was eight years in the making.

To listen to Nico’s story click here


EP 043: Buying stocks in uptrends, managing risk, and tips for long term survival w/ Jon Boorman

Jon Boorman, currently of Broadsword Capital has previous experience running a trading desk, being an assistant to a portfolio manager, and has also been a prop trader. Now days Jon trades independently while also managing assets for others.

Jon shares the reinvention process he went through and why he began to question his beliefs about markets (and more specifically, the indicators he’d previously relied on).

He discusses why the simplicity of trend following can be both, a gift and a curse. Jon explains this as one of the main reasons why traders can find it challenging to stick with the approach.

Finally, Jon’s provides tips for long term survival, and why you should set goals that are process oriented and not outcome oriented.

To listen click here


EP 048: Trading a framework of your own, and using models to study price behavior w/ Linda Raschke

Linda Raschke has been an active trader since 1981, when she started out on the floor of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange as an options market maker. In 1992, Jack Schwager interviewed Linda for the New Market Wizard’s book.

With the notion that 80% of your profits are likely to come from 10% of your trades; Linda shares her objective of waiting for big money flow, and not forcing anything.

Linda also passes on some very solid advice, targeted towards younger traders.

To listen click here


EP 056: The makeup of successful traders & observations from a veteran broker w/ Matt Zimberg

On this episode Matt Zimberg of Optimus Futures discusses with Aaron how traders should go about developing their own methodology, plus three building blocks that should be understood and implemented by all traders.

They also explore the topic of returns – how traders should manage expectations, and how independent retail traders differ from large Wall Street hedge funds.

Finally, Matt discusses the overlap between trading and gambling, the actions that will put you at risk of ruin, and why professional trading should be boring.

Really great advice in this episode. To listen click here

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EP 164: How to scalp ASX stocks and make a pretty penny w/ Nick Fabrio

Nick Fabrio had surpassed (Net profit: $1,000,000+) within his first three years, trading catalysts on the Australian stock market. And all along, he’s been a self-directed ‘retail’ trader.

Aaron & Nick discuss various topics, including Nick dealing chips at The Star casino to receiving threats from a company’s lawyers as well as analyzing market depth and specific trading tactics.

An interesting discussion. To listen click here

EP 176: Can the family breadwinner become a full-time trader? w/ Alex, @TAGRtrades

In this episode, Aaron and Alex @TAGRtrades provide advice for a 38 year old full time worker with kids who is looking to transition into a full time trader.

In this episode they advise upon how swing trading can be a practical and viable approach to take, while continuing to work a full-time job—and how it’ll teach a burgeoning trader to take losses better. They also discuss how to make swing trading your “side hustle” and use it to build confidence before making the jump to full-time trading.

An important component discussed is not to try to create a massive playbook of setups right away, or shoot your bullets everywhere. Start with one thing, get consistent, then build out.

To listen click here

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EP 021: @AdamHGrimes explains how to identify a trading edge & gives a realistic breakdown of ‘the path to becoming a trader’

Adam Grimes trading career dates back almost 20 years. He is the Chief Investment Officer of Waverly Advisors, and host of the Market Life podcast.

Aaron and Adam have an in-depth discussion on learning and identifying ineffective trading methods that simply do not work.

We continually hear pro traders throwing around the term of having an edge, Adam breaks down what this really means, and how to determine whether you have an edge or not by understanding probabilities and randomness.

Adam also debates which patterns are generally more reliable; those that can be identified by the majority, or those that are harder to find?

A very insightful and informative discussion that will benefit anyone who listens. Click here

EP 162: The formula for how to become a 7-figure day trader w/ @MikeBellafiore

Mike Bellafiore is the co-founder of New York City prop trading firm, SMB Capital. Mike is also the author of One Good Trade and The Playbook.

Aaron and Mike breakdown how you can formulate a plan for becoming a 7-figure day trader. Mike is well-qualified to speak on this subject, because he’s mentored and lead traders within his own firm to reach this level of trading success.

There are no quick fixes packed into this episode, but there is real value—if you listen carefully, take notes and intentionally act on some of Mike’s suggestions, it can make a difference over time to your trading.

To listen click here

Now that Darwinex has added stock trading to its offering, it is interesting to note that both books are excellent for studying that type of market, as they contain many detailed analysis of specific trades executed by traders working under his mentorship.

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Yes I agree. I watch a lot of the SMB Capital videos and even though their content focuses on stock trading, the fundamentals they preach can be adopted by traders no matter what asset classes they trade. I am not in agreement with their ‘sizing up’ on certain trades philosophy though. Goes against my personal risk averse ways!


EP 169: Strategies die, skills survive w/ Jack Ma

Jack Ma is a proprietary futures trader from Sydney and the head trader of Minter Capital.

During this conversation, you’ll hear about Jack’s progression over the past 5-years—breakthroughs and lessons learned, plus his thoughts on trading as a skill (not a strategy), gaining an edge, mindset and competitiveness.

To listen click here

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EP 182: An eight year overnight success story; three years later w/ Nico, @InefficientMrkt

Nico is an intraday equities trader. His area of expertise lies in low float, micro cap stocks, near-exclusively playing the short side of overextended moves.

Nico and Aaron spoke 3 years ago, which was memorably titled, “An 8-year overnight success story.” Now picking up where they left off, they discuss what’s been happening as of late.

The most notable development being; after many years trading retail, Nico has gone into proprietary trading with Seven Points Capital. Going one step further, he has also established and heads up the firms’ San Diego office.

During the second half of this episode (from 40:20), Aaron asks Nico to share how he’s evolved as a trader in recent years—or more specifically; what has changed, what remains the same and what’s been fine tuned.

To listen click here


Thanks for posting these. It’s good to hear an insight from real traders. :slight_smile:

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No worries ZeusTrader . I really do believe these podcasts provide real nuggets that can benefit traders and investors.

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EP 152: A beginner’s foray into (part-time) systematic trading w/ Kory Hoang

Kory Hoang is not a veteran trader—he’s not someone who has been doing this 10-20 years. He’s someone who has been doing this for only a few years, yet he’s begun to make decent gains on his trading capital.

In terms of how he trades, Kory is a retail systematic trader. He’s running numerous algorithmic strategies, which he’s developed.

Kory explains to Aaron his framework for testing, which assets are best suited for mean reversion or momentum strategies, and thoughts on indicators and few parameters.

Kory also details how he works a full-time job and runs an algorithmic trading business on the side.

This interview is one of my personal favorites as it provides really good advice on how to build a systematic trading strategy. To listen click here


EP 074: Pocketing £100k from a trading comp, and making simplicity a priority w/ John Walsh aka Black Cabbie Trader

In 2012, John Walsh, aka The Black Cabbie Trader, entered a competition—the City Index Trading Academy. The idea was to take a group of people with very little market experience to see how well they would perform as active traders, over the span of 5 weeks. John came out on top and won the £100,000 prize money which was up for grabs.

John has continued trading ever since, and has developed into a trend/position trader. He’s also a black cab driver in London.

John explains to Aaron how he made it past hundreds of entries to participate in the City Index trading competition, and how he learnt the ropes in a trial-by-fire type of way.

John also walks us through his scanning procedure and what type of technicals or fundamentals would prompt him to enter a position.

To listen click here

EP 183: Jim Simons — the pinnacle of trading greatness w/ Gregory Zuckerman

Gregory Zuckerman is a writer at the Wall Street Journal and author of The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched The Quant Revolution.

For anyone unfamiliar, Jim Simons is the brilliant-minded mathematician who founded hedge fund Renaissance Technologies. Using quantitative models and with billions in AUM, Renaissance has averaged annualized returns of net 39% since 1988.

Due to the superior performance, today, Jim has an estimated net worth of $23-billion. Greg describes him as being, “The greatest money maker in modern financial history.”

Although journalists have previously covered the rise of Renaissance, for the longest time, much of it was still shrouded with mystery. But by gaining remarkable access to Jim and also many of the people around him, Greg has been able to tell the full story, in print, with detail and accuracy.

Listen to Aaron and Greg discuss Jim Simons here



EP 166: The trader’s guide for learning to code with data scientist, Hugo Bowne-Anderson

For this episode, Aaron speaks with Hugo Bowne-Anderson; a data scientist at DataCamp (an educational platform for learning to code) and host of the DataFramed podcast.

The idea for asking Hugo to appear on this episode, was to chat about learning a programming language. Because for some traders, having the ability to write code can have great advantages, such as having the ability to collect stats on market behavior, perform research in a robust data-driven way, visualize large amounts of data, backtest and analyse trading ideas, implement algorithmic strategies.

To listen click here

EP 147: Detective work leading to viable trading strategies, and the rise of AI w/ Dr Thomas Starke

Dr Thomas Starke is a Physics PhD who once designed microchips, worked as an engineer for Rolls Royce and lectured at University of Oxford, before applying his know-how of modelling to financial markets.

Thomas describes to Aaron a framework for strategy development, testing correlations between test and train data sets, as well as various methods for checking robustness.

They also discuss the rise of artificial intelligence and quantum computing; what does this mean for the average trader—should we care or simply continue business as usual?

An interesting interview. To listen click here

EP 172: Clawing back a six-figure loss w/ Anthony Riley

Anthony is a proprietary futures trader from Sydney, with 10-years market experience. While he’s a click trader, Anthony is quite systematic with his processes and strategies—which are mostly trading spreads between correlated products.

Aaron and Anthony speak about many things during this episode, but one of the highlights was hearing about how Anthony got himself into a six-figure drawdown and was able to claw it back in just one-month.

To listen click here