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Mastering the art of the markets – insights from the trading experts
Successful traders strive to make measured, strategic decisions – but what really goes on in the minds of the experts behind the trade?
In this unique series, we talk to the traders who’ve been through it all, and delve into their thought process when facing big wins, losses and everything in between. Join us as we unlock the secrets behind the industry’s experts, and discover their journey to mastering the art of the financial markets.
20 years ago, computers were being introduced at the Australian Stock Exchange, as the transition from paper slips to digital transactions revolutionised the trading floor. The manager of Equity Derivatives Sales at the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney, Graham O’Brien, witnessed the transformation of the trading world, and the risks and rewards that come with it. As the rise of algorithmic trading continues, cyber security remains a hot topic, and a millisecond’s difference in internet speed can be the difference between profit and loss, technology remains at a the forefront of trading organisations and traders’ minds alike. What does the future look like - will artificial intelligence take over? Graham discusses the evolution in the Australian market and where it may be headed next.
How are emotions involved in the decision making process of a trader? Do traders set aside their emotions or analyse them to make better decisions? Dr Brett Steenbarger is a psychologist and a performance coach who counsels traders and hedge fund portfolio managers in the US, Europe and Asia. He wrote the first definitive book on The Psychology of Trading, along with The Daily Trading Coach, and his latest offering, Trading Psychology 2.0. He discusses the need for traders to have cognitive flexibility and open-mindedness, and explains why cultivating creativity and a life outside the trading room is essential to the work inside it.
Why do some global disasters barely cause a ripple on the markets while a small blip can cause them crashing? How dependent are the markets on the 24 hour media cycle? Who better to ask than Ticky Fullerton, one of Australia’s top business journalists and the host of the daily business finance news report on Sky News Business channel called ‘Ticky’. She worked for two decades at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a senior finance reporter and investigative reporter for 4corners. The idea behind her hour-long TV finance show is to provide some analysis to the nightly 2 minute finance news, and to investigate further the intersection between business and politics. Ticky talks about breaking news on air within the Australian media landscape and the difference between opinion and fact.
How do the masters of the trade become the best, and is there any one thing that they all have in common? Jack Schwager has met and interviewed all the greats in the industry for his Market Wizards series. Jack Schwager started out in the pit, before heading up Futures research for some of Wall Street’s leading firms and becoming partner in the Fortune Group, a London-based hedge fund advisory firm. In this interview, Jack shatters any illusion that his books are a how-to, arguing that the best traders have not copied the techniques and styles of other traders, but developed their own bespoke trading styles. Hear from the expert as he discusses his most valued lessons, and his new project Fund Seeder, with Chief Market Strategist Michael McCarthy.
What was involved in the creative thinking that could predict the potential business opportunity of the internet? In this episode, Michael McCarthy interviews one of the pioneers of the industry - CEO of CMC Markets, Peter Cruddas. Hear from the pioneering entrepreneur who transformed the trading landcsape by spotting an opportunity in the internet. Find out how Peter Cruddas defied the odds to transform £10,000, one desk and one phone into a cutting edge, global organisation, and why spotting opportunity and remaining confident in his decision was gave him an edge.
Can the game of trading be compared to an elite sport? What does it take to win? According to Linda Raschke the similarities are more than you’d expect and yes - she believes sleep, diet and exercise are also important for the trader to stay relaxed, focused and consistent. Linda has been trading for over 35 years, starting out in the pit before running her own top-ranking hedge fund. In this episode, Linda Raschke takes Michael McCarthy step by step through her training ‘homework’. Find out why she thinks preparation is key to winning in finance.
In his over thirty years of trading, Ray Barros has seen many traders - both beginners and experts - mistake luck for skill. He was one of them. But Ray Barros managed to turn seven years of losses into remarkable wins. Now he is giving back - teaching newer traders the skills he learnt the hard way. Former hedge fund manager Ray Barros joins our Chief Market Strategist Michael McCarthy and generously shares his biggest piece of advice.
Ever wondered what it’s like to view the world in the palm of your hand? In the first episode of the Artful Trader we go around the world in 80 trades with one of the world’s top Macro investors Raoul Pal. He joins our Chief Market Strategist Michael McCarthy to talk about his journey from technical analysis to managing hedge funds to launching ‘Real Vision TV’. In this interview Raoul Pal reveals what he learnt from the world’s top traders and where he thinks the next ‘pearls’ of opportunity lie.