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Chat With Traders

Chat With Traders is your key to the minds of trading's elite performers. Start listening to learn how a diverse mix of traders went from zero to hero, how they successfully trade markets today, and get their best tips 'n pointers for profitable performance, plus much more. Note: You are responsible for your own trading decisions—this is not financial advice.

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195: Ilan Israelstam – The Inner Workings of an ETF Manager

Ilan Israelstam’s a co-founder of Australian ETF manager BetaShares and a principal at VC firm Apex Capital Partners. Betashares first begun trading in 2010, and currently, it manages approximately $10-billion dollars in assets, across 61 funds—all of which trade on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).The motive in asking Ilan to be on the podcast was to learn more about how ETF managers operate and to delve into some of the technical aspects of ETFs. In summary, the topics we cover: risks for ETF managers, how ETF managers make money, the necessity of designated market makers, how ‘short’ and ‘leveraged’ ETFs trade as intended, tips for investing in ETFs and researchable ideas for trading ETFs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

22 May 2020

Rank #1

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162: Mike Bellafiore – The Formula for How to Become a 7-Figure Day Trader

Returning for this episode, is Mike Bellafiore—the co-founder of New York City prop trading firm, SMB Capital. Mike is also the author of One Good Trade and The Playbook, and he was the featured guest on episode 022.As the title suggests, the purpose of our conversation is to 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, I know it will make a difference over time.--Don’t miss the upcoming LIVE podcast event in Sydney, with special guest John “RAMBO” Moulton. And did I mention there’s beers ‘n pizza too?! → Get tickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 10mins

12 May 2018

Rank #2

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183: Gregory Zuckerman – Jim Simons—The Pinnacle of Trading Greatness

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. And these returns only become more spectacular, once you discover that Renaissance investors pay a management and performance fee of 5 and 44—therefore bringing the gross annualized returns to 66%.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.Pick up a copy of The Man Who Solved the Market, available on Amazon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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184: Mike Mangieri – Behind the Scenes of an Equities Day Trading Firm

Mike Mangieri’s a co-founder and managing partner of Seven Points Capital—a proprietary trading firm in New York, and with several smaller offices in other U.S. cities as well as Toronto.Although Mike occasionally trades in volatility products, his days mostly revolve around operations of the firm and overseeing the traders. Therefore he has a slightly unique perspective on things, compared to the perspective of an individual trader…In our conversation we roll through subjects, such as; the birth of a trading firm, a day in the life of Mike, monitoring risk—both, on a firm and individual level, psychology and mindset, examples of general interactions that Mike has with the traders—and some of the difficult conversations he has from time to time, plus more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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207: Rishi Narang – Evolving Trends—How Quants Are Earning Alpha

Rishi Narang’s the founding principal of T2AM, a fund-of-funds investment manager with a sole focus of allocating to quantitative strategies. He’s also the author of Inside the Black Box, an advisor to DARPA’s Financial Markets Vulnerabilities Project, and previously appeared on Chat With Traders in 2016.Given Rishi’s close contact with many quantitative managers—and being well-versed in the space after 20+ years of seeking alpha—I figured it’d be interesting to catch up and discuss evolving trends… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 3mins

26 Nov 2020

Rank #5

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194: Liam Vaughan – Bedroom Trader Amasses Fortune, Becomes Prime Suspect of Flash Crash

Liam Vaughan is a finance author and senior reporter for Bloomberg.His latest book Flash Crash tells the story of Navinder Singh Sarao, a London trader, living at his parents house, who made ~$70M from his bedroom and was later accused by the U.S. government of playing a role in the 2010 Flash Crash.For anyone unaware, this was a deeply perplexing event in which the U.S. stock market, one afternoon, plunged approximately 9% and then almost completely rebounded, all in the space of just 30-minutes.While Liam speaks on many interesting moments from Nav’s life in this episode—from beginning as prop trader in 2003, through to when he was extradited to the U.S. in 2016—it’s only a sample of what’s covered in the book (an absolute must-read!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

8 May 2020

Rank #6

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082: Futures Trader 71 – How to Become the Trader You Wish You Were

This week, for the second time on Chat With Traders, my guest is Morad or better known as; Futures Trader 71.As you could imagine, FT is a futures trader, he’s also very short-term and has been trading for about 16 years now. During this time, he was the founder of a successful prop firm and more recently, has started a brokerage; Stage 5 Trading.First time around (on episode 37) we spoke extensively about FT’s path of becoming a trader, market profile and volume profile, and creating a legacy. This time we spoke about all new topics…For example; how to learn a new skill, how to measure your progress besides PnL, how to remove attachment to the outcome, how FT uses a regressive risk management strategy, and plenty more too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 29mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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069: John Carter – How an Aggressive Trader Thinks, Uses Options and Made $1.4M on a Single Tesla Trade

Welcome back for another installment of the Chat With Traders podcast. I’ve got an awesome guest lined up for you, John Carter, from Austin Texas.In short; John is an options trader (and also futures, to a slightly lesser extent), he’s been trading for around about 25 years now. His typical holding time for any given trade is just a couple days, and he classifies himself as an aggressive trader – which I think you’ll pick up on pretty quickly.In this interview, you’ll hear I ask John about the multiple boom ‘n bust cycles he endured over the space of about 8 years before gaining real consistency. I also ask, is a high risk tolerance essential for becoming a successful trader?Then we get into some talk about options, and John has some really great advice for those who are still trying to find their feet. Additionally, we talk about indicators and technical analysis, and we go step-by-step through John’s million dollar TSLA trade.So there’s a lot packed into this episode, I hope you enjoy it, but more than that, I hope you can take at least just one thing away from this and apply it to your own trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

21 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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156: Michael Katz – Day Trader, Green Every Month, Talks Consistency, Strategy and Doing Size

Michael Katz is an active day trader and the managing partner of New York prop trading firm, Seven Points Capital. Mike and his firm, are large volume participants in U.S. equity markets, and to a lesser extent, futures and options too.In this episode, Mike discusses the things which have attributed most to his consistency over the years, insight to his momentum strategies, and how he’s able to turnover millions of shares each month, and of course, plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

13 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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044: Michele Koenig – Lessons From a Decade of Swing Trading, and How to Overcome Early Failure

Let me introduce you to my guest for episode 44 – Michele Koenig of Trade on the Fly, from Montana (at the very top of the United States).Michele is primarily a swing trader of technical chart patterns, but also takes an occasional intraday position when she spots an opportunity.During our discussion we spoke about a whole range of really interesting topics. To start with we covered Michele’s first few years when starting out, where she had some early success, then shortly after, lost almost everything – we spoke about how this happened, how she was affected, and how she bounced back.Plus some of the other highlights would include; insight to Michele’s scanning process and how she tracks a watchlist, a reminder not to ‘trip over dollars while trying to save dimes’, and some words of wisdom to traders who are yet to breakthrough.–For your chance to WIN a free 90 minute, one-on-one mentoring session with a genuine, pro trader – click here to enter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

29 Oct 2015

Rank #10

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065: Brett Steenbarger – How to Master Trading Psychology and Introduce New Best Practises

For this episode, I interviewed a very special guest; Dr Brett Steenbarger (after many, many requests from listeners).Brett is a very well known trading psychology coach, and has consulted to some of the biggest names in the industry. He’s also a respected author who has now published four books, some which have been recommended reading by previous guests on this podcast.During our conversation, I asked Brett how to break bad trading habits and introduce new best practises, to explain why traders need to be adaptable in markets, plus how we should think about goal setting and measure progress. And of course, much more about how to enhance your performance as a trader.If you do enjoy the interview, please leave an iTunes review! Click here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

24 Mar 2016

Rank #11

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047: Timothy Sykes – The Hustle ‘n Grind: Beyond the Big Money, Fast Cars and Exotic Trips

This week I interviewed Timothy Sykes (of Profit.ly).If you’re not already familiar with Tim (for some strange reason), he’s made quite a name for himself as the penny stock guru, who trades, teaches and flaunts big piles of cash on Instagram. And before you can get a word in sideways, he’ll also gladly remind you that he does have ‘millionaire students’!I really enjoyed this conversation with Tim, because we covered many substantial topics that do play an important role in a traders’ success. To rattle off just some of those topics, we discussed: What’s all fuss the about making a million dollars? How to stay motivated and get the most out of your dedicated study time? How to combat the urge of over-trading? How to avoid liquidity issues in OTC markets? And so much more… Hope you enjoy this episode, with the man who has become wealthy from penny stocks (the most hated niche in all of finance) –Timothy Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 23mins

19 Nov 2015

Rank #12

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100: Bao, @Modern_Rock – Overcome Adversity, Dominate a Niche, Become ‘the House’

My guest for this special milestone (being episode 100!) is someone who I’ve been attempting to bring on since before episode one was even released…Folks, I’d like to introduce you to Bao—or better known as @Modern_Rock on Twitter.Bao is an independent day trader, and a former-Silicon Valley software engineer, who made the large majority of his fortune trading stocks on the OTC bulletin board market. His story emphasizes; anyone with the will to succeed, even amongst adversity, can become unstoppable.During the interview we speak about avoiding complacency, the greatest trade of Bao’s career, discovering a niche, managing confidence, consistency tips, how to progress as a developing trader, and much more.--Sponsored by TradeStation.com – Trade with TradeStation. Enjoy access to many markets and products, cost-saving commission rates, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 19mins

24 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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104: Alex, @AT09_Trader – An Appetite For Risk, and Hitting Hard When Opportunity Arises

Alex (@AT09_Trader) is a 22-year old, discretionary day trader, who’s seen great results in the few years he’s been grinding away at this. He trades small caps, and he trades aggressively—as you’ll soon hear, Alex is far from conservative.This conversation was recorded on the 16th of November (2016), right around the time when the madness in the shipping sector was unfolding. So we got talking about the ticker DRYS and how Alex racked up a $40k loss a day or two before our interview (although, he had his first +$100k day shortly after too).Also we spoke about how Alex got started, the types of trade scenarios that he looks for, areas that he’s working on to improve, and also his venture into real estate—where he flipped a foreclosure property for a tidy profit, plus much more.Note: Nothing you hear on this podcast is financial advice. You’re entirely responsible for your own trading decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

22 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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148: John Grady – The Order Book—What Traders Must Know About Supply and Demand

John Grady is an independent futures trader from Florida, who primarily trades Treasury bonds. His trading is purely discretionary, based upon his read of order flow. Essentially, he’s a scalper.Throughout this episode we talk all things order flow; the basics, the value of an order book, some of John’s trading methods, order types and managing positions, how to build skill at reading order flow, as well as, the impact of HFT and what’s commonly known as spoofing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 22mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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119: Alex, @TAGRtrades – What This Day Trader Learned After Four Years of Abandoning a Secure Job

Alex (@TAGRtrades) is a 27-year old day trader, from Texas. He’s been trading full-time for four years, and has really begun to hit his stride. Alex closed Q1 of 2017 with a $49,000 gain, after going into the year with an account balance of $32,000.He’s a small-cap momentum trader, but unlike most guests who I’ve had on previously that play in this space, Alex takes the majority of his trades on the long side. So naturally, we chat about his reasons for this…We also chat about; the leap into full-time trading, key lessons Alex learned in the early stages of his development, how he manages trades, and why journaling has been immensely helpful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

6 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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057: Jesse, @PsychoOnWallSt – $500k of “Beginner’s Luck” and How to Thrive as a Part-Time Trader

This week, I have a really interesting guest on the podcast; his name is Jesse, but in the Twittersphere he goes by @PsychoOnWallSt. (a play on the cult film American Psycho)A couple things you should know about Jesse is; he made $500,000 in 90 days trading marijuana penny stocks, and then lost it all just as quickly – one wild story…He went from part-time to full-time trading, and for now, has returned to part-time trading with the results confirming this was a profitable move. He describes his approach as a hybrid between a day trader and a swing trader.And his motive for trading, is to one day open a fully-functional no-kill animal shelter – needless to say, I have a great amount of respect for Jesse.All of these topics and more are covered in-depth during the interview. Plus, Jesse has also offered to answer any questions you may have for him at chatwithtraders.com/57. So go ahead and take advantage of this! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

28 Jan 2016

Rank #17

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098: Peter To – How Successful Day Trading Can Fly in the Face of Conventional Wisdom—with a Former Poker Player and Ex-Prop Trader

Before day trading equities, Peter To played a lot of online poker and did fairly well for himself. He then dabbled in markets as an investor, but was soon attracted to OTC stocks after discovering a strange inefficiency…In this episode we spend quite a bit of time talking about Peter’s prop trading experience, both the good and the bad. Trading nihilism and doing everything you supposedly shouldn’t do, why Peter accepts he’s not a “cold blooded assassin” and does trade with the influence of emotion. Plus, we briefly touch on Bitcoin and exchange hacks towards the end too.Peter also writes about many of these subjects on his blog, which you can read here.--Sponsored by TradeStation.com – A fully-licensed online broker and trading technology provider (who have won a ridiculous amount of awards!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 19mins

10 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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096: Nico, @InefficientMrkt – An Eight Year Overnight Success Story, and a Thirst for Momentum

Nico (@InefficientMrkt on Twitter) is a day trader with a thirst for momentum. He predominately trades low-priced stocks that have a tendency to move fast and far—and roughly 90% of his positions are on the short side.But the main reason why I brought Nico onto the podcast, is I feel as though he has a story 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 bleed his trading account for the next seven years. He’s now found his groove, but his overnight success was eight years in the making.This episode is very much centered around Nico’s journey and development as a trader, and how full-time trading became more than a pipe dream.--Sponsored by Darwinex.com: Each month, Darwinex invest €1,500,000 with their top performing traders! Learn more about Darwinex here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

27 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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004: Nick Radge – How to Power Through Trading Losses and Continue Executing

Here we are, the fourth episode of Chat With Traders and I’m joined by a special guest who has ridden many waves of the financial markets. Placing his first trade in 1985, Nick Radge was immediately hooked on the idea that one could profit from identifying trends.Nick is here today to share some of the crucial lessons that have kept him in the game for almost 30 years. What I like most about this interview is Nick shines light on many areas of trading that are not often spoken about. I’ve briefly listed just a few of these lessons below, but listen to the full interview and discover how you can use these to become a sharper trader. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

22 Jan 2015

Rank #20