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Trader Tech Talk 023: How Toni Turner Defied Her Broker and Learned to Trade

In this episode, we get to hear Toni Turner's story of learning to trade, despite odds stacked against her, and despite many cautions of trading being too risky. Toni persevered, and has become a successful trader, author and educator! Toni is fun to talk to, has a delightful sense of humor, and a lot of wisdom and advice. You'll learn from her: The four switchbacks, or stages a trader might go through What makes a good trader Why trading is more difficult than investing How she achieved the discipline, knowledge and experience needed to become a successful trader. Take a look at Toni's informative site here: http://www.toniturner.com [amazon template=thumbnail&chan=default&asin=1593376863]

40 MIN2014 JAN 29
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Trader Tech Talk 023: How Toni Turner Defied Her Broker and Learned to Trade

Trader Tech Talk 022: Dave Walton’s 4 Tips for Back Testing

For this first podcast of 2014, I would like to introduce you to Dave Walton. I found out about Dave by reading one of my favorite trading newsletters, the one by Van Tharp. Mr. Tharp is a really interesting guy, he has many books and courses out, and hereallyhelps traders get through all of their issues and become the amazing traders that they were meant to be. Dave is one of the guys who participated in Van Tharp's Super Trader program for the last two years tofocus on trading psychology and his trading business development. In this episode, Dave is going to tell us a bit about the Super Trader program, and how it changed his trading, and actually changed his live. It's a very inspiring story. Dave is co-founder and partner of StatisTrade, a trading system evaluation consultancy for money managers and funds. The mission of StatisTrade is to provide clients with unique and critical insights into their trading systems to improve their performance and meet their specific goals using ...

46 MIN2014 JAN 13
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Trader Tech Talk 022: Dave Walton’s 4 Tips for Back Testing

Trader Tech Talk 021: Kathy Lien on Currency Trading and Women in Finance

In episode 21 of the Trader Tech Talk podcast, Kathy Lien is our first guest in the "Women of Finance" series! Welcome, Kathy! Kathy tells us about her journey in trading, how she got started, and how she was able to get a head start by working at JP Morgan. In this episode Kathy gives us some excellent advice, especially for women just starting out in trading: How you can become confident in yourself How you can demonstrate your value in a firm Why you should continue to hone your skills Why you should seek out other like-minded women in finance Kathy also talks about trading fundamentals versus technicals, and how you can use both to improve your trading. Resources The Little Book of Currency Trading Day Trading and Swing Trading in the Currency Market Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People are Beating Wall Street at its Own Game [amazon template=thumbnail&asin=0470377364] [amazon template=thumbnail&asin=047077035X]

31 MIN2013 NOV 18
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Trader Tech Talk 021: Kathy Lien on Currency Trading and Women in Finance

Trader Tech Talk 020: Top Tips From 11 Trading Experts

In this week's podcast, we're doing a recap of the top tips from 11 trading experts. Each interview is with a top author, trader or educator, and each interviews holds tips and information you can use to improve your trading systems, test more thoroughly, and achieve higher profits with your trading system. You may have heard some of these interviews already, but go through the list and find the ones you haven't heard and give them a listen! http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/8 John Person discusses seasonality, pivot points and his new book Mastering the Stock Market. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/10 Howard Bandy discusses trading system validation, mean reversion systems, and his three books, Quantitative Trading Systems, Mean Reversion Trading Systems, and Modeling Trading System Performance. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/11 Chris Davison tells us about writing trading systems, and his "assisted trading" trading system. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/12 Ernie Chan talks about choos...

21 MIN2013 NOV 13
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Trader Tech Talk 020: Top Tips From 11 Trading Experts

Trader Tech Talk 019: Lee Leibfarth’s 4 Metrics For System Evaluation

This week's podcast is an interview with Lee Leibfarth. Lee is a programmer, author and educator, and co-owns PowerZone Trading with his business partner Jean Folger. Lee has created some really amazing tools for traders, and has written many articles for the leading trading magazines, such as Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities,and Active Trader. Lee is both a consultant, doing projects for hire, as well as an entrepreneur writing tools and indicators that traders can purchase, so he’s a really good person to get to know. In this episode, you are going to learn The top 4 metrics you need to pay attention to when you're evaluating a strategy's performance How to approach coding a new strategy The 3 steps of testing a strategy How often to re-tune a strategy after it's been running Resources for Lee Leibfarth and PowerZone Trading The Power Zone Trading website: http://www.powerzonetrading.com The Bar Analyzer website: http://www.baranalyzer.com A collection...

38 MIN2013 NOV 6
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Trader Tech Talk 019: Lee Leibfarth’s 4 Metrics For System Evaluation

Trader Tech Talk 018: Abe Cofnas Shows How Binary Options Can Improve Your Trading Skills

This episode of the Trade Tech Talk podcast is an interview with Abe Cofnas. You might recognize Mr. Cofnas from "Futures Magazine" - he writes frequently for that magazine, and he has an article in the October 2013 issue titled "Looking at Forex through 5-minute prisms". He also has several books out, on both binary options and sentiment indicators. Mr. Cofnas is the expert on Binary Options and also writes quite a bit about using sentiment to determine market direction. There are a couple surprises in this interview, and you’ll hear it – I was planning to discuss two topics with Mr. Cofnas: binary options, and sentiment indicators, and in the middle of the interview, I realize they are the same thing. It was such an interesting revelation. Before the interview, I had read through several of Mr. Cofnas’s articles on binary options, and I had a good idea of how they worked, but as soon as we had finished the interview, I immediately bought his book “Trading Binary Options: Strat...

46 MIN2013 OCT 28
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Trader Tech Talk 018: Abe Cofnas Shows How Binary Options Can Improve Your Trading Skills

Trader Tech Talk 017: Ralph Vince Calculates Your Optimal Trade Size!

This episode is an interview you will definitely want to hear! There are a few names that are so well known in the finance industry that everyone has heard of them. One of those names is Ralph Vince. Mr. Vince has written dozens of definitive books for traders, books that master traders read over and over. Mr. Vince’s books are deep and complex, they are geared for traders who have been trading a while, and they cover topics like The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics, The Mathematics of Money Management, Risk Opportunity Analysis. Ralph Vince gives us a first-hand look—a preview—of his current research work, and how position sizing affects your profits in trading. He describes equations and graphs which are displayed here. Ralph Vince is actually a programmer by trade, so we’ll get into some of the programming topics in this interview as well. In this episode you’re going to learn a lot about the mathematics of position sizing, and how to calculate your optimal trade size, and ...

43 MIN2013 OCT 23
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Trader Tech Talk 017: Ralph Vince Calculates Your Optimal Trade Size!

Trader Tech Talk 016: Dr. Ben VanVliet – Who would win? The trader, the quant or the programmer?

This episode is an interview with author and professor Ben Van Vliet. Ben is a professor of Finance at the Stuart School of Business in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He teaches courses in quantitative finance, C++ and .NET programming, and automated trading system design and development. Ben’s got some interesting things going on. In addition to helping students figure out automated trading systems, he’s working on figuring out how to get the various factions of a hedge fund or capital management group to work together. I learned a lot from Ben about how these organizations work, and some of the problems they face, with traders, programmers and quants all vying for influence in the business. Ben's going to let us know who would win between a trader, a programmer or a quant. See if you can figure out which one... Additionally, Ben is working on regulation! Regulation is a bad word in the financial world, but Ben’s take on it is this: rather than have politicians craft misg...

34 MIN2013 OCT 16
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Trader Tech Talk 016: Dr. Ben VanVliet – Who would win? The trader, the quant or the programmer?

Trader Tech Talk 015: Jake Bernstein Gives Us Four Trading Insights

If you’ve been trading any length of time, you’ll know the name Jake Bernstein. Jake is a long time trader (since the late 1960’s), author, and educator, and a really great guy to talk with. I am really excited to have Jake on the podcast today, he’s got some awesome stories, and was really generous with his knowledge and time. In fact, Jake is going to give you a trading system today! On this podcast, Jake Bernstein gives us his favorite trading system, and spells out the details on what to look for and how to trade it. How cool is that? This wasn't planned, and I kind of sprung the question on him during the interview, and right then and there, Jake described in detail his trading system. Serious take-away value there! You are going to want to rewind and play this podcast again. Here's the 4 insights Of course, #1 is the trading system that Jake gives us You’ll learn how you can use seasonality in your trading You’ll learn about the benefits and methods of using divergence t...

-1 s2013 OCT 9
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Trader Tech Talk 015: Jake Bernstein Gives Us Four Trading Insights

Trader Tech Talk 014: How Does Neal Gilbert Brave the Rapids?

In Episode 14 of the Trader Tech Talk podcast, I have Neal Gilbert here to talk to us about trading, and especially about his recently published book Braving the Rapids. In this episode, you'll learn How Neal and a colleague used a coin toss to learn about trading How the Braving the Rapids strategy uses Bollinger Bands to create a river What the definition of a Dry Candle is The name of the city where both Neal and I live! Resources for this podcast: Purchase Neal's Book Braving the Rapids: http://tfl365.com/press/ Neal Gilbert's commentary at FX360: http://www.fx360.com/commentary/neal/10616/nfp-prep-septaper-away.aspx Link to this podcast in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trader-tech-talk/id663583667 The Braving the Rapids book is an idea book for a beginning trader who is just starting to get into trading and needs a strategy to start with, or for an intermediate trader who would like to find an excellent strategy to try to automate in a programming language. Neal i...

25 MIN2013 OCT 2
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Trader Tech Talk 014: How Does Neal Gilbert Brave the Rapids?

Latest Episodes

Trader Tech Talk 023: How Toni Turner Defied Her Broker and Learned to Trade

In this episode, we get to hear Toni Turner's story of learning to trade, despite odds stacked against her, and despite many cautions of trading being too risky. Toni persevered, and has become a successful trader, author and educator! Toni is fun to talk to, has a delightful sense of humor, and a lot of wisdom and advice. You'll learn from her: The four switchbacks, or stages a trader might go through What makes a good trader Why trading is more difficult than investing How she achieved the discipline, knowledge and experience needed to become a successful trader. Take a look at Toni's informative site here: http://www.toniturner.com [amazon template=thumbnail&chan=default&asin=1593376863]

40 MIN2014 JAN 29
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Trader Tech Talk 023: How Toni Turner Defied Her Broker and Learned to Trade

Trader Tech Talk 022: Dave Walton’s 4 Tips for Back Testing

For this first podcast of 2014, I would like to introduce you to Dave Walton. I found out about Dave by reading one of my favorite trading newsletters, the one by Van Tharp. Mr. Tharp is a really interesting guy, he has many books and courses out, and hereallyhelps traders get through all of their issues and become the amazing traders that they were meant to be. Dave is one of the guys who participated in Van Tharp's Super Trader program for the last two years tofocus on trading psychology and his trading business development. In this episode, Dave is going to tell us a bit about the Super Trader program, and how it changed his trading, and actually changed his live. It's a very inspiring story. Dave is co-founder and partner of StatisTrade, a trading system evaluation consultancy for money managers and funds. The mission of StatisTrade is to provide clients with unique and critical insights into their trading systems to improve their performance and meet their specific goals using ...

46 MIN2014 JAN 13
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Trader Tech Talk 022: Dave Walton’s 4 Tips for Back Testing

Trader Tech Talk 021: Kathy Lien on Currency Trading and Women in Finance

In episode 21 of the Trader Tech Talk podcast, Kathy Lien is our first guest in the "Women of Finance" series! Welcome, Kathy! Kathy tells us about her journey in trading, how she got started, and how she was able to get a head start by working at JP Morgan. In this episode Kathy gives us some excellent advice, especially for women just starting out in trading: How you can become confident in yourself How you can demonstrate your value in a firm Why you should continue to hone your skills Why you should seek out other like-minded women in finance Kathy also talks about trading fundamentals versus technicals, and how you can use both to improve your trading. Resources The Little Book of Currency Trading Day Trading and Swing Trading in the Currency Market Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People are Beating Wall Street at its Own Game [amazon template=thumbnail&asin=0470377364] [amazon template=thumbnail&asin=047077035X]

31 MIN2013 NOV 18
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Trader Tech Talk 021: Kathy Lien on Currency Trading and Women in Finance

Trader Tech Talk 020: Top Tips From 11 Trading Experts

In this week's podcast, we're doing a recap of the top tips from 11 trading experts. Each interview is with a top author, trader or educator, and each interviews holds tips and information you can use to improve your trading systems, test more thoroughly, and achieve higher profits with your trading system. You may have heard some of these interviews already, but go through the list and find the ones you haven't heard and give them a listen! http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/8 John Person discusses seasonality, pivot points and his new book Mastering the Stock Market. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/10 Howard Bandy discusses trading system validation, mean reversion systems, and his three books, Quantitative Trading Systems, Mean Reversion Trading Systems, and Modeling Trading System Performance. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/11 Chris Davison tells us about writing trading systems, and his "assisted trading" trading system. http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/12 Ernie Chan talks about choos...

21 MIN2013 NOV 13
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Trader Tech Talk 020: Top Tips From 11 Trading Experts

Trader Tech Talk 019: Lee Leibfarth’s 4 Metrics For System Evaluation

This week's podcast is an interview with Lee Leibfarth. Lee is a programmer, author and educator, and co-owns PowerZone Trading with his business partner Jean Folger. Lee has created some really amazing tools for traders, and has written many articles for the leading trading magazines, such as Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities,and Active Trader. Lee is both a consultant, doing projects for hire, as well as an entrepreneur writing tools and indicators that traders can purchase, so he’s a really good person to get to know. In this episode, you are going to learn The top 4 metrics you need to pay attention to when you're evaluating a strategy's performance How to approach coding a new strategy The 3 steps of testing a strategy How often to re-tune a strategy after it's been running Resources for Lee Leibfarth and PowerZone Trading The Power Zone Trading website: http://www.powerzonetrading.com The Bar Analyzer website: http://www.baranalyzer.com A collection...

38 MIN2013 NOV 6
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Trader Tech Talk 019: Lee Leibfarth’s 4 Metrics For System Evaluation

Trader Tech Talk 018: Abe Cofnas Shows How Binary Options Can Improve Your Trading Skills

This episode of the Trade Tech Talk podcast is an interview with Abe Cofnas. You might recognize Mr. Cofnas from "Futures Magazine" - he writes frequently for that magazine, and he has an article in the October 2013 issue titled "Looking at Forex through 5-minute prisms". He also has several books out, on both binary options and sentiment indicators. Mr. Cofnas is the expert on Binary Options and also writes quite a bit about using sentiment to determine market direction. There are a couple surprises in this interview, and you’ll hear it – I was planning to discuss two topics with Mr. Cofnas: binary options, and sentiment indicators, and in the middle of the interview, I realize they are the same thing. It was such an interesting revelation. Before the interview, I had read through several of Mr. Cofnas’s articles on binary options, and I had a good idea of how they worked, but as soon as we had finished the interview, I immediately bought his book “Trading Binary Options: Strat...

46 MIN2013 OCT 28
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Trader Tech Talk 018: Abe Cofnas Shows How Binary Options Can Improve Your Trading Skills

Trader Tech Talk 017: Ralph Vince Calculates Your Optimal Trade Size!

This episode is an interview you will definitely want to hear! There are a few names that are so well known in the finance industry that everyone has heard of them. One of those names is Ralph Vince. Mr. Vince has written dozens of definitive books for traders, books that master traders read over and over. Mr. Vince’s books are deep and complex, they are geared for traders who have been trading a while, and they cover topics like The Handbook of Portfolio Mathematics, The Mathematics of Money Management, Risk Opportunity Analysis. Ralph Vince gives us a first-hand look—a preview—of his current research work, and how position sizing affects your profits in trading. He describes equations and graphs which are displayed here. Ralph Vince is actually a programmer by trade, so we’ll get into some of the programming topics in this interview as well. In this episode you’re going to learn a lot about the mathematics of position sizing, and how to calculate your optimal trade size, and ...

43 MIN2013 OCT 23
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Trader Tech Talk 017: Ralph Vince Calculates Your Optimal Trade Size!

Trader Tech Talk 016: Dr. Ben VanVliet – Who would win? The trader, the quant or the programmer?

This episode is an interview with author and professor Ben Van Vliet. Ben is a professor of Finance at the Stuart School of Business in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He teaches courses in quantitative finance, C++ and .NET programming, and automated trading system design and development. Ben’s got some interesting things going on. In addition to helping students figure out automated trading systems, he’s working on figuring out how to get the various factions of a hedge fund or capital management group to work together. I learned a lot from Ben about how these organizations work, and some of the problems they face, with traders, programmers and quants all vying for influence in the business. Ben's going to let us know who would win between a trader, a programmer or a quant. See if you can figure out which one... Additionally, Ben is working on regulation! Regulation is a bad word in the financial world, but Ben’s take on it is this: rather than have politicians craft misg...

34 MIN2013 OCT 16
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Trader Tech Talk 016: Dr. Ben VanVliet – Who would win? The trader, the quant or the programmer?

Trader Tech Talk 015: Jake Bernstein Gives Us Four Trading Insights

If you’ve been trading any length of time, you’ll know the name Jake Bernstein. Jake is a long time trader (since the late 1960’s), author, and educator, and a really great guy to talk with. I am really excited to have Jake on the podcast today, he’s got some awesome stories, and was really generous with his knowledge and time. In fact, Jake is going to give you a trading system today! On this podcast, Jake Bernstein gives us his favorite trading system, and spells out the details on what to look for and how to trade it. How cool is that? This wasn't planned, and I kind of sprung the question on him during the interview, and right then and there, Jake described in detail his trading system. Serious take-away value there! You are going to want to rewind and play this podcast again. Here's the 4 insights Of course, #1 is the trading system that Jake gives us You’ll learn how you can use seasonality in your trading You’ll learn about the benefits and methods of using divergence t...

-1 s2013 OCT 9
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Trader Tech Talk 015: Jake Bernstein Gives Us Four Trading Insights

Trader Tech Talk 014: How Does Neal Gilbert Brave the Rapids?

In Episode 14 of the Trader Tech Talk podcast, I have Neal Gilbert here to talk to us about trading, and especially about his recently published book Braving the Rapids. In this episode, you'll learn How Neal and a colleague used a coin toss to learn about trading How the Braving the Rapids strategy uses Bollinger Bands to create a river What the definition of a Dry Candle is The name of the city where both Neal and I live! Resources for this podcast: Purchase Neal's Book Braving the Rapids: http://tfl365.com/press/ Neal Gilbert's commentary at FX360: http://www.fx360.com/commentary/neal/10616/nfp-prep-septaper-away.aspx Link to this podcast in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trader-tech-talk/id663583667 The Braving the Rapids book is an idea book for a beginning trader who is just starting to get into trading and needs a strategy to start with, or for an intermediate trader who would like to find an excellent strategy to try to automate in a programming language. Neal i...

25 MIN2013 OCT 2
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Trader Tech Talk 014: How Does Neal Gilbert Brave the Rapids?
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