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70 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
218: Shaun Factor – The Ways of a Small Cap Whale
Shaun Factor’s an Australian small cap trader, with 20+ years in the game. He’s also a co-founder of 180 Markets, a firm that provides investors with direct access to capital raises. With a trading approach that’s heavily reliant on instinct and market experience, Shaun has come to be a substantially large trader of small cap companies. In this interview, he explains his ways, anticipating hot sectors, and how he moves in/out of stocks with size. Shaun also shares deep knowledge surrounding capital raises—a topic that’s not previously been discussed on Chat With Traders podcast.
60 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
217: Jared Tendler – Practical Solutions to Strengthen Your Mental Game
Acclaimed mental game coach Jared Tendler returns to Chat With Traders, after his first appearance on Episode 86 (2016). Jared has worked intensively with world champion poker players, PGA golfers, Team Liquid (esports organistion), and of course, active traders—sharing expertise in how mental game impacts performance and tactics to overpower emotional weaknesses. Jared’s also the author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2. And while many traders have found these books highly relevant, Jared has now delivered a book specifically for traders, with a system to resolve psychological problems: The Mental Game of Trading
43 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
216: Jim Mellon – Becoming an Opportunistic, Billionaire Investor
Jim Mellon’s a British investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. It was 1979 when Jim got his start, in Hong Kong, as a trainee fund manager. When the fund was acquired eight years later, he received a windfall, becoming a millionaire in his late-twenties… And from that point forward, Jim has spread his bets far and wide, as an investor in emerging markets, commercial real estate, private and public companies—across many sectors; from financial services to mining to biotech and more. To view Jim’s current holdings, visit his company website: Burnbrae Group
87 minutes | May 13, 2021
215: William Beauchamp – Ex-Poker Player Assembles Team to Conquer Sports Markets
William Beauchamp’s the founder of Seamless Capital, an algorithmic firm trading in sports markets—most notably Hong Kong horse racing, but also football and tennis. However, Will didn’t anticipate things would turn out this way… He spent his teenage years hell-bent on becoming a professional poker player. It was only when George—Will’s buddy who’d recently left one of the major HFT firms—pitched the idea of trying to apply similar strategies on sports betting exchanges. In time, the two developed several winning strategies, although George would later return to financial markets, while Will persisted as a one-man-band. But it was a bet that’s paid off, as he’s since scaled the operation to a team of 15-people, with £50-million annual turnover, netting seven-figures of PnL.
65 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
214: James King – The Principles that Drive Elite Performance
It was 2017 when I first spoke with James King [Ep 133], around the same time he’d left a London-based commodity trading firm, where he worked as Performance Director. Since then, he’s continued advising to proprietary traders and fund managers, specialist military units and professional sports teams, as well as organisations. While also presenting case studies on elite performance at several ivy league universities. More recently, James has put the final touches on his first book Accelerating Excellence, in which he reveals four foundational principles that’ve been proven to drive elite performance (and serve as the focal point for our chat today…)
67 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
213: John Roberson – An Obsession with Edge, Powered by Automation
John Roberson's a well-experienced equities trader, who's been able to harness the power of technology and leverage the skills of his team to maximize his trading operation. Since starting out in 2007, John has been involved in various trading groups, and today he's with Kershner Trading Group (Texas). Although John originated as a discretionary click trader, over the years, he begun to automate more and more. To the point that he now runs a portfolio of 80+ automated models, which do everything from news and earnings, to mean reversion and momentum, to arbitrage and micro structure...
76 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
212: Kristjan Kullamägi – Breakouts, Home Runs & Exponential Returns
Since entering the U.S. equity market in 2011, Swedish swing trader Kristjan Kullamägi has attained a rare level of trading success; having realized ten’s of millions in trading profits. Which is only more impressive, given he’s a self-funded, independent trader… During this episode, Kristjan breaks down the breakout strategy which has lead to his exponential returns over the past decade—and he shares valuable market knowledge he’s acquired along the way.
57 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
211: Stan Gluzman – One Bias, One Objective: Make Money
Stan Gluzman’s an equities trader at proprietary trading firm Seven Points Capital, he also heads up a small group of traders at one of the firms’ satellite offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Now two years since our first conversation, Stan returns, talking through how he’s continued progressing the levels toward becoming a distinguished trader and what he’s found most effective in the recent market environment…
58 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
210: Ryan Hasson – Scalp, Scalp, Swing—Maximizing Market Opportunities
Ryan Hasson’s a senior trader at Kershner Trading Group/SMB Capital—having joined the firm’s New York office in 2016, after booking a one-way flight from Cape Town, SA. Ryan may be best described as an intraday equities trader, however he’ll also put on swing positions when there’s a larger story/catalyst/theme at play. I was keen to learn more about how Ryan works these multi-day trades, so we step through specifics. Additionally, I ask Ryan about his path to becoming a prop trader, early developments, and to conclude our talk, Ryan shares a few of his daily habits, routines, etc.
60 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
209: Neeraj Monga – Contrarian Stances on Fundamental Inflection Points
For more than a decade, Neeraj Monga was Head of Research at Veritas—a Canadian independent equity research firm—where he published numerous stock reports that garnered plenty of attention from investors, analysts and media… Although it’s not the case he’s most proud of, Neeraj is perhaps best-known for revealing the shady dealings of Kingfisher Airlines—founded and lead by the larger-than-life billionaire, Vijay Mallya. Neeraj’s damning report was ultimately the precursor to the airliners’ demise (and later became the focal point of a Netflix doco!) In this conversation with Neeraj, he recounts multiple stocks that he’s worked on and explains why he was often a taking contrarian stance, going against market sentiment. Plus, we get into some broader topics around deep-dive research too.
71 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
208: Brannigan Barrett – Adopting Systems to Improve Decision Making and Trade Results
Having traded prop for a large part of his career, Brannigan Barrett has since branched out and backed himself by establishing Habitus Capital—a private, discretionary fund that trades select futures markets across multiple asset classes; commodities, currencies, indices, bonds. When Brannigan first appeared on Chat With Traders (114), we mostly covered his process orientated approach to becoming a bigger and better trader. So naturally, this episode is somewhat of a continuation, discussing his growth and progression since… This leads to Brannigan’s thoughts on ‘practically applying’ patience and how he’s systematized much of his decision making throughout the day. We also speak about the fund and its strategies, then end with macro themes that Brannigan’s monitoring.
66 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
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…
65 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
206: Dan David – The Investigative Research of an Activist Short Seller
Dan David is the founder of Wolfpack Research, a short-biased firm that goes to great lengths to meticulously understand the business operations, technical aspects and financials of listed companies. When uncovering a disconnect between what a company announces to the market and what Wolfpack deems to be the truth, the firm may build a short position and publish their findings in a detailed research report (commonly regarded as short activism). Dan also hosts the “I Hung Up On Warren Buffett” podcast and was featured as the lead protagonist in The China Hustle—a documentary about the key players who revealed egregious cases of fraud by Chinese companies that were listing on U.S. markets through the process of a reverse-merger.
70 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
205: Michael Katz – Day Trading: The Questions You Want Answered
Active equities trader and managing partner of proprietary trading firm Seven Points Capital, Michael Katz, returns for a third appearance on Chat With Traders. As we’ve previously done a 'regular' interview and an episode analysing how Mike traded the Lyft IPO, we’ve tweaked the format again and this time Mike’s answering questions submitted by listeners of the show. There were many brilliant questions sent in, which I’ve sorted into four categories: Strategy, Trade Management, Trader Development and Prop Trading.
70 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
204: Brian Lee – Esports pro attains high score playing the stock market
Three years ago, Brian Lee—a former esports professional—took a leap into day trading equities. Having since developed a talent for shorting the backside of inflated moves, paired with a great emphasis on risk management, Brian’s experienced tremendous growth, both financially and in terms of market knowledge. In this chat with Brian, we go over; his first year challenges and overcoming such challenges, the time he lost it all and how he bounced back, his most frequently traded setup, and a detailed discussion about the use of R as a risk model, plus more…
75 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
203: Bob Bright – The Pursuit of Edge
Casino floor or trading floor, Bob Bright has forever sought an edge for favorable odds… Counting cards in Las Vegas at blackjack tables, calculating three-way options at the Pacific Exchange, pairs trading correlated stocks, exploiting the tracking error of leveraged ETFs; Bob’s always pursued a mathematical advantage to win the game. Also considered by many as a pioneer of proprietary trading, Bob and a partner formed Bright Trading in 1992—at its peak, the firm was home to 490-traders across 42-offices in the U.S. Today, at 80-years of age and undoubtedly a market legend, Bob remains an active trader and a serious high stakes poker player.
69 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
202: Wayne Himelsein – Betting Against Stability
Wayne Himelsein begun his career on a proprietary trading desk at Carlin Financial Group in the mid-90’s, doing statistical arbitrage—complimentary to his mathematical nature. Come 1999, Wayne launched his first fund to begin managing money for clients and institutions. Then in 2011, Wayne founded Logica Capital Advisers, where he currently takes the role of Chief Investment Officer. Logica, as a quantitative investment firm, relies on rigorous research to develop its various model-driven strategies. For the most part, these are mean expansion strategies that generate alpha from being long volatility.
88 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
201: Hayden Beamish – The legwork, execution and management of institutional investments
For the past 5-years, Hayden Beamish has been a portfolio manager and director at Endeavor Asset Management—a hedge fund based in Melbourne, with ~$300m AUM. The Hedge portfolio that Hayden manages ended the 2020 financial year up 28% after fees—in comparison, the benchmark Australian All Ordinaries ending down 7%. The main purpose of speaking with Hayden was to gain insight to his institutional investment process. This includes talk of; researching companies and prerequisites for investing, the role of analysts and brokers in providing information and flow, and managing investments. It also includes a detailed discussion about the various types of execution algorithms he’ll use for buying and selling large volumes of stock.
73 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
200: Best of Trading Psychology, Pt. 2
As an extension of the previous episode, I present to you the second installment for the ‘Best of Trading Psychology.’ Taken from past episodes of Chat With Traders, this is a compilation of snippets on psychology and mindset—an important topic to highlight, given the psychological aspect can truly make or break many traders. With any of the snippets, if you’d like to hear the full episode, direct links are listed in the show notes at: chatwithtraders.com/200
84 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
199: Best of Trading Psychology, Pt. 1
Much like the recent Best of Risk Management episodes, here is another compilation. Except this time, I’ve compiled the best clips on trading psychology, for you to hear how varying types of traders deal with mindset maters to stay focused and competitive. Again, I dug up way too much from the back catalogue of almost 200-episodes to pack into a single episode, so this is only part one—part two will follow shortly. Besides creating a go-to trading psychology resource, I hope this might also highlight some past episodes that you’ve not yet heard. If you’d like to hear the full interview with any guest featured, you’ll find a link in the show notes: chatwithtraders.com/199
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