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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Ehlers. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Ehlers, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Ehlers. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Ehlers, often where they are interviewed.

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(07-21-2020) Lives Seen Through the Lens with John Ehlers

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Things that Matter with People Who Matter,
John Ehlers,
UNITY Lutheran Church,
Brookfield, WI
July 21, 2020
Jul 21 2020 · 40mins
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4: PTSMN Episode 4 - Retirement and Investment Advisor John Ehlers on Navigating COVID

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This episode features PTSMN Retirement and Investment Advisor John Ehlers. John has been working with the PTSMN members and trustees for the last 18 years. In this episode John shares a wealth of information on how he recommends PTSMN members navigate the financially turbulent times that we are in. John also shares a lot of really valuable information about the services that he and his team at Channel Financial offer to the PTSMN membership at no charge. To reach John Ehlers, please contact him via phone at 763 231 7551 and jehlers@channelfinancial.com. To make an appointment at the PTSMN Family Health & Wellness Centers with any provider, including The Power House MN coaching staff and physical therapists, please call 651 348 8851.

1:44 John's two-fold role in the retirement and investment of PTSMN members
3:09 Managing existing investments during the current economic turbulence
4:12 The danger of emotional investing 
5:03 Historical downturn in the market
5:24 The current market versus the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Great Depression of the 1930s
14:36 Discretionary spending and the economy
20:38 John's outlook on PTSMN members' workload during these turbulent economic times
21:30 The essential nature of the PTSMN members' work
22:36 John's summary of the PTSMN retirement funds during COVID economics
24:10 Dollar Cost Averaging and Retirement Funds 
27:36 Recession Recovery Times and Best Practices for Investing in a Down Market 
31:48 Best practices for Investment Allocation and the technology used by Milliman 
34:00 Customizing Retirement Plan Allocation by Risk Tolerance 
34:34 Real Estate Market During COVID 
36:00 Bond Markets During COVID 
38:54 Cash as a losing asset class 
39:44 Commodities and the fallacy of a safety net 
40:55 Fear and greed as the main driver of emotional investing 
42:27 Investing within retirement plans 
52:38 March 23rd, 2020 & the single biggest retail selloff in the history of the stock market 
53:14 March 24th, 2020 the biggest up day in 97 years, and the long term effects of missing up days in the market
Jun 14 2020 · 57mins

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152: "Backtesting trading strategies does not work" - John Ehlers

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"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 to predict where market prices are going on an intraday basic compared to daily timeframe, and how you need to think about intraday data differently,
  • We’ll be digging deeper into this “Backtesting trading strategies does not work” statement to find out what it means,
  • How to use a simple Genetic Optimization trick to determine the robustness of a strategy
  • How Genetic Optimization can be used to identify suitable ranges for optimization parameters
  • Why short walk forward periods could be better than longer,
  • Plus a whole lot more.

So lets jump over to my chat now with John Ehlers.

Jul 22 2018 · 40mins
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103: A New Responsive Indicator with John Ehlers

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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.

Jun 25 2017 · 27mins

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80: John Ehlers on Multi Time Frame, Fully Automated, Cycle Trading Success

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In the show John reveals:

  • What is more appropriate than trading individual stocks
  • The one thing he relies upon in his approach to the market
  • The detail surrounding his unique trading style
  • What important thing underpins the market and gives every trader an edge

Full Interview & Show notes: https://52traders.com/john-ehlers/

My other site: https://automatemytrading.com/

Trading Mentors Challenge: https://52traders.com/tmm/

Jun 21 2017 · 8mins
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058: Adapting to market conditions with John Ehlers

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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
Sep 18 2016 · 42mins
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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.

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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

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 we discuss the issue of indicator lag, the
impact it can have on trading and some solutions. We also talk
about applications of Digital Signal Processing in trading, the
MESA approach, regime switching, Cycles and the mistakes people
make trading cycles.

Topics discussed
  • MESA and it’s application to trading
  • Alternatives to the MESA approach and which is best for the
  • How cycle length can determine indicator length
  • Common mistakes people make with cycles
  • Cycles and DSP techniques as regime filters
  • The problems caused by indicator lag and solutions to reducing
  • The best low-lag filter and oscillator available
  • Getting started with Cycles and DSP
May 01 2016 · 56mins