Happy Hour With Traders: Hosted by JC Parets and Joe Fahmy [Holidays Edition] We invited all our friends!

Oh man this was a lot of fun! Fahmy calls me up and says let’s invite everyone to a zoom call and talk about markets and drink Champagne.

Obviously, I said I was in!

We had two questions we were asking,

1) What was the biggest lesson you learned in 2020, and 2) What’s your best trade for the first half of 2021?

Next July, whoever ended up picking the best trade gets a donation from us to the charity of their choice, plus I hand select a bottle of champagne and will be sending it over to the winner.

This was a great conversation with a group of really smart people. I’d be taking some notes on this one. There’s good stuff in here.


The “Post-Spreadsheet” World | JC & Howard Lindzon on Happy Hour w/ Traders

This week on Happy Hour w/ Traders, I sit down with venture capitalist Howard Lindzon. He’s a Tech investor, or that’s what it feels like from my perspective. So my question was how he invests when money is rotating out of large-cap tech and into other areas?

This sparked an interesting conversation about using today’s tools to generate new ideas, even if they’re out of your wheelhouse. We have a massive community and new tools at our disposal that investors before us never had. Let’s be grateful, and let’s take advantage!

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Post U.S. Election Special | My Interview on Opto Sessions with Ed Gotham

On this week’s podcast, I wanted to share a recent interview I did on Opto Sessions with Ed Gotham over in London England. Our chat took place on Thursday afternoon November 5, 2020, just a couple of days after an unresolved election. My main points revolved around focusing on price trends and worrying less about election results, at least as far as portfolio decisions are concerned.

Ed came at me with a bunch of great questions. I appreciate how direct he was. I wish more interviews I did came at me with such relevant topics and ideas.

I really enjoyed this one. Thanks Ed for a fun chat!

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Technical Analysis Radio Interviews: Hedge Fund Manager, Mark Dow

Mark Dow has been a guest on this podcast more times than anyone else for a good reason. Selfishly I always enjoy chatting with him. His perspective is fascinating to me because he does such brilliant job of combining price behavior with sentiment analysis and the global macro intermarket backdrop.

Mark worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in charge of Emerging Markets in the early 90s before ultimately running money for a Global Macro Hedge Fund in New York City. So he has a lot of opinions on economics and politics, but he’s great at not letting those things get in the way of his price behavior and sentiment analysis. He’s figured out how to separate them but also use his expertise to his advantage. That’s not any task.

I loved this conversation because we talked about how institutional investors are positioned coming into the U.S. election, how currencies and interest rates around the world are being affected, and in turn how they are affecting other asset classes. I ask him about Bitcoin and Gold and which one will win that battle. Of course, the US Dollar and Emerging Markets were part of the discussion (we can’t help ourselves whenever we get together), but we talk about how EM is now being driven by Technology and no longer the Natural Resources of the past.

Make sure you’re following @mark_dow on Twitter.

This was fun. Give it a listen!

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My Interview With Jack Schwager – Author of Market Wizards

I’ve done over 115 Podcast episodes and I don’t remember being this excited to interview someone. I’ve read all the Jack Schwager books and some of them multiple times. I know traders who regularly read these chapters as part of the mental training.

Think about it, Jack has interviewed the greatest traders in history. All of them. It’s incredible. And you know what strategies he uses to trade his own personal money? Technical Analysis.

He’s interviewed all of the best traders for his Market Wizards books. And he says about half of them choose their market direction using Technical Analysis. But almost all of them have some sort of Technical component for risk management. This concept of Risk Management is the one common denominator between all of the most successful Traders.

Jack also pokes fun at the Efficient Market Hypothesis, which you know always brings a smile to my face. He discusses some of the success of these traders and how their consistent returns over such long periods of time completely dismiss what he refers to as the Deficient Market Hypothesis.

Don’t walk to listen to this one. Run!

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The Money Game: Experiences Over Things (EP.17)

In this episode of The Money Game, Phil asks about what’s most important to me. Is it collecting material things, or enjoying experiences with family and friends?

For me, it’s quite obvious after looking back that I’ve enjoyed my experiences traveling throughout Asia and Europe with my wife. I remember my Dad let me skip school when I was 11 years old to go to Marlins Opening Day in 1993 (My mom was thrilled about that). I have a nice watch that I never wear. I haven’t bought a car since 1997. And I have little interest in wearing that nice watch, or yet alone buying another one. I think cars are cool, but I’m still in no rush to go get one.

Let’s go out for sushi. How about a hike? College football game perhaps? Let’s throw a charity event and raise a ton of money to help people. Want to come to Edison, NJ for Indian food? Go wine tasting in Sonoma Valley? Hit the beaches in Miami or the Caribbean?

I’d rather do all that stuff than collect more “things”. But I hadn’t really thought of it that way until I really started to think back at my life and what stood out the most? Is it the things or the experiences? For me, it’s quite obviously the latter.

Just something to think about. There are no right or wrong answers. I think it’s about figuring out what’s best for you.

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