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Better System Trader

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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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 bunch of listener questions submitted by you!


19 Feb 2017

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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 could just flick the switch and instantly boost our performance? Wouldn’t that be awesome? Well, I don’t think such a switch exists unfortunately, but there are definitely things we can do to accelerate our performance, and that’s exactly what we’re discussing today with our special guest and leading performance coach Steve Ward. Steve has over 25 years of teaching, coaching and training experience. He works with traders, fund managers and banking professionals across the globe, helping them to improve their decision making, risk taking and ability to achieve and sustain high performance. Steve’s work is focused on delivering evidence-based practical strategies and tactics, and in this podcast episode we discuss a number of performance accelerators in trading. Here’s some of the things you’ll discover: The key factors that can accelerate trading performance, Why the ‘j-curve’ is so important for developing traders and how to shortcut the process to profitability, How the best traders manage the short-term discomforts of trading to achieve long-term gains, Why suppressing emotions in trading can be like trying to hold a beachball underwater, and how to improve our behavioural flexibility for higher performance, How situational awareness training used by the US marines can improve our trading abilities, Tips to functioning at our best in a world of hyper distractions, Plus, much more.


23 Jun 2019

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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 website Quantlab for private traders. In our chat today, you will learn: The key drivers of short-term returns in mean reversion trading The impact of market environments on mean reversion strategies and how to detect and adjust strategies to varying market conditions Should you 'Catch a falling knife' or wait for confirmation? How to determine which entry technique is best for you Building a portfolio of strategies using parameter ranges across the mean reversion curve Simple but powerful techniques to managing risk in mean reversion strategies


13 Nov 2016

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


1 Jun 2019

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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 individual instruments? Continuous trading rules compared to binary rules The applications and advantages of continuous trading rules What makes a good systematic trader The issues that overconfidence creates in trading Two aspects of institutional trading that most retail traders could apply to their own trading


27 Sep 2015

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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 the years and the impacts this has had on trading. We also hear about her approach to modelling the markets, understanding market behavior, trade management, day trading techniques and some fantastic questions submitted by fellow listeners. Make sure you don’t miss those! Topics discussed Changes in the markets over time and the impacts that has had on strategies and their performance How to use modelling to identify market behavior and edges AI, machine learning and neural network techniques Tips and factors to consider when daytrading Reading market behavior throughout the day PLUS loads of great questions submitted by Better System Trader listeners!

1hr 38mins

15 May 2016

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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 identify better quality trades, and Why strategies with a smooth equity curve may not actually be the best strategies to trade in the future.


14 Oct 2017

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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 or limiting The real importance of psychology in trading Your collection of parts and how they interact The process of transformation in a trader Qualities of losing traders and how to test yourself for them The impact mistakes could be having on your results without even knowing How to cope with larger trade sizes as your account grows PLUS listener questions on: Using position sizing to meet your objectives The 6 market types, how to measure them and how to apply it to your trading How to find positive expectancy systems Developing patience when in a trade Trading in short timeframes How to address issues with perfectionism Systematic vs Discretionary trading Overcoming fear of pulling the trigger Handling drawdowns


13 Sep 2015

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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.


1 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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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 episode, Rob shares with us: The different types of risk we face as traders – including ‘hidden’ risks that can destroy trading accounts in seconds What can go wrong when Risk Management goes bad (we have some great examples in history to learn from!) Common mistakes and assumptions traders make with Risk Management that can lead to heavy losses Tips and techniques to identifying and “managing” Risk

1hr 3mins

22 Jan 2017

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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


8 Jan 2017

Rank #11

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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 it’s any good, An unexpected way to use entries that could radically improve your trading strategies, The hidden dangers of combining and optimizing exits, A simple technique to determine if you could be optimizing too much, Where to find enough entries and exit ideas to keep you busy for a year, Plus, much, much more. Let’s get started with my chat with Kevin on entries and exits.


19 May 2019

Rank #12

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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 strategies Why buy and hold offers average returns and the best approach to handling a bear market How trading can take less than 5 minutes per day Measuring the performance of a system The difference between very successful traders and everyone else The types of survivorship bias that could be ruining your backtest results The warning signs of over-optimisation Coping with drawdown and personal doubts 2 basic strategies you can start testing today!

1hr 1min

26 Apr 2015

Rank #13

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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 Handling a 50% overnight drop in a stock price Finding your personal drawdown tolerance How market timing can impact a strategy Why you need multiple strategies in a portfolio


19 Apr 2015

Rank #14

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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 other traders. He's in a great position to answer all of our questions on trading for a living, so that's what he's going to do for us today, plus... ... he's also going to share some honest advice that all traders need to hear before taking the step to 'trading for a living'.


4 May 2017

Rank #15

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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 around who can say they’ve had the level of performance, success and longevity that Linda has had, so she’s really an excellent person to discuss this with us today. She’s going to share some stories with us, and some valuable trading wisdom which I’m sure you’ll find valuable, so let’s jump straight into my chat with Linda, hope you enjoy it!


27 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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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 Why it’s impossible to suppress your emotions Landing a plane in the Hudson River and what the Captains response teaches us about trading The role of emotions and how experienced traders actually leverage emotions in trading The concept of Mindfulness and the benefits to traders How to use Mindfulness when trading The evidence that Mindfulness can improve trading performance and how it impacts the brain How to get started practising Mindfulness How to use Mental Parking to increase focus and productivity How exercise can improve mental and trading performance

1hr 1min

3 Oct 2015

Rank #17

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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 direction Why you should approach trading like a combination lock Coming up with unique indicator ideas The mis-use of indicators and how to use them correctly Trading styles of successful traders Forecasting markets based on technical factors Characteristics of stock market tops and bottoms The fundamentals to watch during market topsListener questions Issues with the Forex market Trading prices patterns, do they still work and are they scalable Why short term price patterns work What happened in 2002 and why you need to consider that when backtesting Will trend trading always be effective? How many positions to trade at one time Money management tips for those who aren't into heavy maths Choosing the best markets to trade Favourite Larry Williams indicator What keeps Larry motivated to trade after 50 years What drives peak performance (it’s not money…) The key component that really drove Larry to becoming a consistently successful trader How Larry lasted so long in the industry How to overcome emotions when entering or holding trades Larry’s biggest contribution to the trading industry Why Larrys strategies have lasted the test of time Common traits against the most successful traders The trading model that’s worked for Larry for over 50 years

1hr 7mins

16 Aug 2015

Rank #18

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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 May 2017

Rank #19

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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 Jun 2017

Rank #20