Wed, 1 March 2017
Brannigan Barrett is a futures day trader—who trades a total of eight markets, across; bonds, equity indices, currencies and commodities. He was previously a trader at prop firm, Futex, but is now part of Axia Futures.
The subjects we cover during this conversation, include; how to progressively become a bigger (and better) trader, how a “dogfight” attitude has helped Brannigan’s trading career, how he prepares going into major news announcements, his daily process for journaling and being ready for “one good trade.” Plus, how to think about and achieve your trading goals.
Direct download: 114_20The20process20of20becoming20a20bigger2028and20better2920trader20w_20Brannigan20Barrett.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 6:20pm EST
Wed, 22 February 2017
Benjamin Small is an electrical engineering PhD. He’s worked in quantitative research roles since 2006, at UBS, Citadel, Credit Suisse and the stock exchange, IEX.
Today though, Ben is head of market structure at Gemini—the world’s first fully licensed and fully regulated Bitcoin exchange, which is based in New York.
During this chat, we get into; payment for order flow and high frequency trading, why there’s an incentive to normalize Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency ecosystem, potential outcomes for the future of Bitcoin, and becoming a cashless society.
Direct download: 113_20Normalising20Bitcoin2C20and20exploring20the20cryptocurrency20ecosystem20w_20Benjamin20Small.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 6:07pm EST
Wed, 15 February 2017
Jorge Soltero began as a floor trader in Chicago, where he was an options market maker. A few years into his career, he landed a position at Hull Trading Company (the renowned firm of legendary trader, Blair Hull).
After Hull Trading was bought by Goldman Sachs in 1999, Jorge became more of an institutional trader—not only working at Goldman, but later, UBS and Merrill Lynch too, where he specialized in options and ETFs.
Listening to this episode you’re going to hear about; the culture of trading pits, exactly what it was like to be a trader at Hull Trading Co., the transition to electronic trading, what makes ETFs an attractive product, and more…
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Direct download: 112_20Reminiscences20of20a20trader20at20Hull20Trading20Co.E28094and20a20sell-side20career20w_20Jorge20Soltero.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 6:00pm EST
Wed, 8 February 2017
Returning to Chat With Traders for a second time is David Bush—first on episode 23.
David began as a discretionary trader, more than 20-years ago, but over time he’s developed into a quant trader. And he’s exceptionally good at what he does; David’s been the first place winner of two (real money) trading competitions in recent years.
Last time David was on we spoke fairly extensively about his path as a trader and a high-level overview of his process. This time around we covered plenty of new ground—exploring David’s process in greater depth. Also, I particularly liked David’s comments towards the end about, “Intensity, not time.”
Direct download: 111_20Strategy20objectives2C20statistical20significance2C20and20market20behavior20w_20David20Bush.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 5:13pm EST
Wed, 1 February 2017
On this episode, I’m joined by George—who goes by @RollyTrader on Twitter.
George is an Australian equities trader, with a momentum/swing trading type of approach. In the past, George has held a few finance-related positions, but since late-2009 he’s mostly traded independently.
During the interview, George and I got speaking about; lessons he learned early on, the effect that coaching and mentoring has had on his trading, specifics about the setups George trades, and also, his involvement with venture capital.
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Direct download: 110_20Learning20to20trade2C20momentum20setups2C20and20becoming20a20venture20capitalist20E2809320George2C2040RollyTrader.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 5:36pm EST
Wed, 25 January 2017
I’m not sure how to best say this, but Edward Thorp, is kind of a big deal…
Not only in the world of financial markets, but he’s also a household name amongst the gambling scene. He’s the man who beat the dealer, and later, beat the market.
It was during the late-50’s and early-60’s, when Ed, a math genius and professor at MIT, took on the challenge of discovering a way to get an edge playing gambling games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Long story short; Ed won—and he’s now considered the father of card counting.
From there, the next obvious move for Ed was to take on financial markets—which he also did with a great degree of success. His first hedge fund, Princeton Newport Partners, achieved an annualized return of 19.1% (before fees) over a 19-year period, with 227 of 230 months being profitable—the worst monthly loss being less than 1%.
Ed’s most recent book, A Man For All Markets, is now available on Amazon.
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Direct download: 109_20The20man20who20beat20the20dealer2C20and20later2C20beat20the20market20E2809320Edward20Thorp.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 2:50pm EST
Mon, 23 January 2017
Throughout this series, which has been a window into the workflow of professional quant trading firms, we’ve encouraged you to submit questions and requests for further clarification. So, in this episode, being the final installment, Delaney answers as many of these questions as possible (within 80-mins).
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Direct download: Q6_20Your20Quantitative20Trading20Questions20Answered20w_20Delaney20Mackenzie.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 6:05pm EST
Wed, 18 January 2017
John Netto, a former U.S. marine, describes himself as a high velocity, cross-asset class trader. He connects the ability to be versatile, adaptable, and interpret large amounts of information to be his greatest edge—for making lucrative returns.
These are all things we cover during the interview, which includes discussion about; process, research, strategy, macro, and market regimes. We also talk about the benefits of stepping outside of your comfort zone, why there’s a need to embrace growing pains, and when emotion can be an ally.
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Direct download: 108_20Being20a20versatile20and20adaptable20trader2C20while20testing20your20comfort20zone20w_20John20Netto.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 6:11pm EST
Wed, 11 January 2017
For the great, Anthony Saliba, his initial 13-years in the field were spent as a market maker on the CBOE floor, where he made approximately $9,000,000 before 30 years old (and that was during the 80’s). At which point, he was one of the traders featured in Jack Schwager’s first Market Wizards’ book.
Since then, Anthony’s continued to scale up—making major moves, both, through trading and through various business ventures.
We spoke for close to two hours; about his experience on the floor, a trader education company which he founded, some of the non-cliché traits of great traders, longevity, and how he’s grown wealth as a parallel entrepreneur, amongst other topics.
Anthony has also authored a new book for options traders; Managing Expectations.
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Direct download: 107_20A2040-year20trading20career20fuelled20by20necessityE28094the20mother20of20invention20w_20Anthony20Saliba.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 5:44pm EST
Wed, 4 January 2017
Turney Duff was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street who lead a truly excessive lifestyle. In 2013 he released a book about his experiences—titled, The Buy Side. And currently, Turney is a consultant on the Showtime TV series, Billions.
On this episode we cover everything, from what it was like to trade more than one billion dollars at Galleon Group—which was the hedge fund run by Raj Rajaratnam, currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for partaking in one of the largest insider trading rings in U.S. history.
Following on from this, we discuss Turney’s relationships with the sell-side and the extreme measures they’d take to win his business. Which leads into the shenanigans which took place after-hours—the cocktail of drugs, alcohol, sex, money and power.
We finish up with Turney’s fall from the top, some of the greatest realizations he’s come to, and the life he leads today… Enjoy!
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Direct download: 106_20A20Wall20Street20trader27s20tale20of20spectacular20excess20w_20Turney20Duff.mp3
Category:trading -- posted at: 5:12pm EST