Greg Harmon is one of the OGs of the Financial Blogosphere. He has been consistently contributing to the community for over a decade. For you new comers, this is how it’s done. Greg is the founder of Dragonfly Capital, where he is the portfolio manager and I encourage you to follow him on Twitter @harmongreg. He paid his dues early in his career traveling around the world and holding senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity at JP Morgan, State Street and BNP Paribas. It was not until after all of this experience that he started his blog and joined our FinTwit community. In this conversation we discuss how although he is both a CFA Charterholder and CMT, he chooses to incorporate more of a technical approach to markets. He then takes it one step further by using options to both maximize returns and, more importantly, manage risk. He is the author of Trading Options and I recommend getting a copy as soon as possible. This was a good conversation with one of the smart guys in the room.
John Roque is a Technical Analyst who I’ve looked up to since early in my career. From the bottom of my heart, it was guys like him who inspired me to analyze the behavior of markets and do it in a way that is unique to me. I’ve always enjoyed his comparisons between markets and sports. While on the sell side, John was consistently ranked among the top analysts before joining the buy side, including Soros Fund Management. In this conversation, we discuss everything from Ted Williams to Corn Futures. He gives us his thoughts on Gold, Crude Oil, Interest Rates and the combined market-caps of Financials & Technology sectors. This was a real honor for me to get to interview one of my favorite technicians on the Street. I hope you enjoy it!
Tyler Wood is a Managing Director at the CMT Association, the global credentialing body for the CMT designation. A Chartered Market Technician (CMT) has achieved the highest education within the discipline of Technical Analysis and is the preeminent designation for practitioners worldwide. I finished up the 3rd Level of the CMT back in 2008, just in time to help me navigate that historic period for the market. I’ve known Tyler for almost 10 years and can tell you first hand that he is regularly speaking with some of the best technicians in the world. I think he brings a unique perspective on the subject and thought he would be a good compliment to a lot of the other guests we’ve had on the podcast. In the episode we touch on the growth of Technical Analysis and the CMT since the late 60s, the role that women have always played in the field and in the organization, the international awareness we’re seeing about Technicals and how social media has changed the access that younger market participants have to market veterans. I really enjoyed this one!
Andrew Adams is well known for his morning market commentary to thousands of financial advisors at Raymond James for many years. After working along side legendary strategist Jeff Saut, Andrew has started 2019 wearing his new trader hat. Andrew has wanted to go out on his own and trade full time and he has finally made that move. We here at Allstarcharts want to wish him the best of luck on his new endeavors. During this episode, Andrew tells us about his experiences at Raymond James, working with Jeff Saut, earning both his CFA and CMT designations, and now using this body of knowledge to enter the trading world full time. I asked Andrew about what he’s currently seeing in U.S. stocks, emerging markets, U.S. interest rates and precious metals. I really enjoyed this conversation with someone who is new to social trading scene. Make sure to follow him @DayTraderGator and give him a big welcome!
This week on the podcast we have the “Blog-Father” Barry Ritholtz. Barry’s Big Picture Blog has been a must read for me going back to 2006. He was one of the only voices of reason throughout 2007-2008 warning everyone of the coming collapse in stocks. He is also the author of one of my favorite books on that period, “Bailout Nation“. Today, Barry is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of RWM, the hottest wealth management firm in the world right now. In this episode, Barry takes us back 20 years to his early blogging days, he tells us what it was like covering the financial crisis in 2008 and then writing a book about it. Today he’s focused more of his attention on behavior finance and I really enjoyed some of his examples about our flaws and what we can do about them. We discussed a lot during this podcast: Emotional responses, evolutionary traits and the stupidity of people. Barry hosts one of the best podcasts in finance, Bloomberg’s Masters In Business, so it was nice to flip the script and pick his brain for an hour. Enjoy!
Having Trading Psychologist Dr. Brett Steenbarger on the podcast was a huge treat for me. He works with the best traders on planet earth on a daily basis. Needless to say, when Dr. Brett is telling me something, I want to listen. In this episode, he let me ask him all the questions I was curious about and he happily answered them all with solid advice and relevant anecdotes. We make a lot of mistakes as investors because of our many flaws as humans. When our stress levels are elevated we start acting emotionally, instead of rationally. Taking losses is a difficult task for us, even though we all know that losses are part of the deal. I really enjoyed this conversation and it could have gone on forever if I didn’t end it. I hope you get as much value from this chat as I did.