Chart Summit 2020 Review With JC & Strazza

The videos of all the presentations are now up and you can go to ChartSummit.com and stream them for FREE!

As we always like to do here after Chart Summit, Steve Strazza and I sat down to discuss what we just witnessed. This was one of the most amazing list of speakers I’ve ever seen at a Financial Conference. I can’t even believe we were able to pull this off! Plus, we raised over $50,000 in donations, on the first day alone, to help fight coronavirus. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated! Also, big shoutout to Traders4ACause for helping us choose the organizations we’re donating to and collecting all the money. We could not have done this without you!

In this episode, we talk about the best presentations, the best charts and the common themes among the presenters. I think it always adds value to think back at what was discussed and reiterate a few of the important points that were being made by the best in the business. From Brian Shannon, Ari Wald, Craig Johnson, Gina Martin Adams, Andrew Thrasher, Frank Cappelleri, Paul Ciana, the list goes on and on….We discussed the current environment for the US and Global Stocks, Interest rates around the world, Gold and other metals, US Dollar and other currencies around the globe. There was so much value.

This was my favorite Financial Conference of all time. Easily.

I hope you enjoy our discussion, and make sure to check out all the presentations at ChartSummit.com!

All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 19: Mike Hurley, Chief Market Strategist for Highland Capital Management

Mike Hurley has been an inspiration to me for many years. When it comes to market breadth, this is the guy. He’ll tell you he learned it from his predecessors and how he’s standing on the shoulders of giants and all those things he discusses in this episode, but for me personally, he’s been a great influence for sure. Many of you know how seriously I take my breadth work and how valuable it has been to so many of us for many years. It’s people like Mike and others who have helped my process evolve to where it is today.

This was a really fun podcast for me because the topic of market breadth and internals is so near and dear to my heart. In this podcast episode, Mike and I talk about history and how different turning points in the stock market have been led by breadth deterioration (at tops) and breadth improvement (at bottoms). We also discuss 2020 so far and how breadth was deteriorating well before the S&P500 and Dow hit their ultimate highs. Once again, it was breadth that got us out of the way of trouble this cycle. Give this one a listen. I think it’s one of those episodes that can live for a lifetime and help people many years (or decades) into the future.

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All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 18: Larry McDonald, Bear Traps Report & NY Times Best Selling Author

Larry McDonald is the guy I turn to when I want to talk about the Bond Market. He always has something insightful about what’s happening that I’m probably not seeing. We’ve become friends over the years but I originally got to know who Larry was by reading his book, Colossal Failure of Common Sense. This is a book about the collapse of Lehman Brothers being told by a bond trader inside the firm. I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read. It will give you good insight as to what exactly was taking place at the time. In this podcast Larry tells us a good story about the day his team had the most profitable day in the history of the bond desk at Lehman and Dick Fuld didn’t even bother to come down and say hi.

The market today is different than it was in 2019. What’s going on in the bond market is playing a huge role. I couldn’t think of a better time that the present to bring in my friend Larry McDonald to discuss what we’re seeing out there in the markets. This is always a lot of fun talking to one of my favorites!

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All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 17: Jeff Hirsch, Author of The Stock Trader’s Almanac

Jeff Hirsch is the Author of the Annual Stock Trader’s Almanac. He, and before that his father Yale Hirsch, has been publishing the must-read almanac every year since 1967. This year is the 53rd edition of the Almanac and a lot of the smartest traders I know keep the most recent copy on their desk. I personally have issues I’ve kept going back decades. When it comes to Seasonality, whether it’s the 1-year cycle, Presidential cycle, or even intra-month and intra-week cycles, Jeff is the person I turn to first. The month of January brings along a ton of information we can use to help us make decisions in the stock market the rest of the year. The track record is pretty spectacular, as we discuss in this episode. Today, Jeff uses these seasonal trends to help him in his role as Chief Strategist at Probabilities Fund Management. In this episode of the podcast we discuss what the down January might mean for the rest of this year, how markets tend to behave on Election Years and why Seasonal trends are so important to recognize.

Charts and Graphs for this Episode are all available inside the 2020 Stock Trader’s Almanac

All Star Interviews Season 3, Episode 16: Chris Cain, Senior Quantitative Researcher at Connors Research

On this episode of the podcast I’m really excited to bring in Quantitative Researcher Chris Cain. Chris found his love for building trading systems while he was a market maker in the bond market for over 10 years. Today he works with Larry Connors and just published a book called The Alpha Formula that you can purchase at a discounted price at Tradingmarkets.com. (Use the Promo Code: “TAF2020” to get the book at half price!) We laugh during the podcast that Chris is so hardcore about this stuff the he actually teaches a course in Python specifically for traders and building strategies. His goal with these systems is to recognize and take advantage of our human behavior flaws so we go over a bunch of those, which I always think is helpful. He also walks through one of the 4 models and explains how having several uncorrelated strategies increases risk adjusted returns. This was a really fun conversation with one of the smart ones!

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Podcast: My Conversation With Annie Duke

Annie Duke is the author of one of my favorite books, “Thinking In Bets”. I often find myself recommending it to both colleagues and friends and family who aren’t even in our business. While the book might be written by a poker player, and is somewhat about poker, it’s really about the way we think, and this applies to market participation, but also life in general. It’s a book I believe everyone should read, at least once.

In this podcast episode, I asked Annie about the differences between being humble in the face of the game we’re playing vs being humble in the face of your opponent. This is a really important concept that really helps put things in perspective.

Behavioral Finance in general, as my friend Phil Pearlman puts it, is very descriptive in nature. We are quick to judge and describe, while prescriptive models, at least in this field, have taken a back seat. So Annie provides a few different things we can do to continue to improve and become more self-aware. She says that there is no “cure”, but even incremental improvements can compound over time. She is also coming out with a new book in September of 2020 that you can pre-order here: “How To Decide: Simple Tools For Making Better Choices”. She says this is also prescriptive because of the workbook portion that is included

This was a really amazing conversation that could have gone on for hours and hours. This is her favorite topic to talk about and it’s certainly near the top of my personal list. But we got through a lot of material in a short period of time, so definitely make sure to give this one a listen!

I want to thank Annie Duke for being a guest on the podcast. This one really meant a lot to me! I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

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