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Top Traders Unplugged is created for you, the investor, trader or research analyst. If you are looking to become a better informed investor, Niels Kaastrup-Larsen delivers the information you just don’t want to miss. Just like the Market Wizard books brought some of the greatest traders to light in the 80's, Top Traders Unplugged brings to you engaging conversations with today's top Quant legends like Winton Capital's David Harding, Turtle Mentor Richard Dennis as well as Global Macro experts like Danielle DiMartino Booth, Preston Pysh, Julian Brigden, Mike Green, Erik Townsend, Larry McDonald and many more. Learn from their experiences, their successes, and their failures.

Top Traders Unplugged Niels Kaastrup-Larsen

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Top Traders Unplugged is created for you, the investor, trader or research analyst. If you are looking to become a better informed investor, Niels Kaastrup-Larsen delivers the information you just don’t want to miss. Just like the Market Wizard books brought some of the greatest traders to light in the 80's, Top Traders Unplugged brings to you engaging conversations with today's top Quant legends like Winton Capital's David Harding, Turtle Mentor Richard Dennis as well as Global Macro experts like Danielle DiMartino Booth, Preston Pysh, Julian Brigden, Mike Green, Erik Townsend, Larry McDonald and many more. Learn from their experiences, their successes, and their failures.

    122 Systematic Investor Episode ft Robert Carver – January 10th, 2021

    122 Systematic Investor Episode ft Robert Carver – January 10th, 2021

    We’re joined today by Rob Carver to discuss how quant managers compared to discretionary managers in 2020, Winton Capital’s underperformance and resulting loss of AUM, the pressure for successful Trend Following firms to expand into different investment styles, why March & December 2020 were generally the best for Trend Followers despite being so different, how a portfolio combining a few historically successful Trend Following firms has proven to be a very potent investment strategy, navigating negative interest rate environments, how to look at Sharpe Ratios effectively, and how to calculate the ‘Serenity Ratio’ of various strategies.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels & Rob on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive  & @InvestingIdiocy

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



    Episode Summary

    0:00 - Intro

    3:07 - Macro recap from Niels

    3:59 - Weekly review of returns

    47:20 - Q1; Michael: How many truly diversifying instruments are there, globally?

    54:42 - Q2; Bruno: As a futures trader, how do you recommend I manage the cash part of my portfolio?

    1:02:30 - Q3; Kyle: What are your thoughts on scaling in and out of positions?

    1:08:46 - Q4; Craig: How can Trend Following take advantage of a ‘risk aversion’ environment?

    1:14:37 - Performance recap

    1:08:45 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Matt Levine's articles Bloomberg, The RInger Podcast: 'Gamblers' & Tim Harford's Cautionary Tales Podcast on the COVID Vaccine

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    121 Systematic Investor Episode – January 6th, 2021

    121 Systematic Investor Episode – January 6th, 2021

    In this episode, we conclude our special 2-part series on how to design a Trend Following system, with a deeper dive into some performance statistics over the last couple of decades, including correlations, drawdowns and how different market environments have impacted our system.  We also touch on how to add some ‘personality’ to a fully algorithmic trading system.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive 

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



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    • 36 min
    120 Systematic Investor Episode – January 2nd, 2020

    120 Systematic Investor Episode – January 2nd, 2020

    In today’s special episode, we go into some depth about how to design a robust and profitable Trend Following program.  We also cover topics such as why having an opinion on any of your trading positions can be a bad idea, how Trend Following returns can vary massively with just a slight shift in portfolio weightings, the benefits of having a unique approach to the markets, and why longer-term trading may be more profitable than short-term trading.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive 

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



    Episode Summary

    0:00 - Intro

    1:37 - A thank-you to our hosts, previous guests, production team, and all listeners of the show

    3:35 - 2020 Macro recap from Niels

    6:51 - How to think about trading and system development

    31:59 - Performance recap

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    • 37 min
    119 Systematic Investor Episode ft Jerry Parker – December 21st, 2020

    119 Systematic Investor Episode ft Jerry Parker – December 21st, 2020

    Today we welcome back Jerry Parker onto the show to discuss the possible long-term breakout of commodity prices, trading Tesla around its inclusion into the S&P 500 index, carrying out non-system trades, Bitcoin reaching new all-time highs, the importance of staying in some of these long-awaited trends, relying on your backtest regardless of the circumstances, why long-only buy & hold funds might not deserve many plaudits this year, the perfect time to make adjustments to your system, and why it can be a good idea to avoid being too skeptical in the markets.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels, Moritz & Jerry on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive, @MoritzSeibert, & @RJParkerJr09

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



    Episode Summary

    0:00 - Intro

    1:28 - Macro recap from Niels

    4:13 - Weekly review of returns

    12:34 - What is risk management?

    57:50 - Q1; Michael: When you trade foreign instruments, do you trade them in their native currencies?

    1:00:54 - Q2; Jim: Does the need for diversification outweigh the benefits of concentrated gains?

    1:14:37 - Performance recap

    1:08:45 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Hidden Forces podcast, Kyle Bass on the Macro Voices Podcast & Jack Schwager on the Systematic Investor Podcast

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    118 Systematic Investor Episode ft Mark Rzepczynski – December 13th, 2020

    118 Systematic Investor Episode ft Mark Rzepczynski – December 13th, 2020

    Special guest Mark Rzepczynski returns to the show today to discuss how Trend Following strategies performed during this very unusual year, the likeliest safe-haven assets of 2021, whether or not 2020 should be a year that brings about new adjustments to your trading systems, how being nimble can increase robustness, Trend Following as a ‘store of value’, whether the context of financial & world news should be important to systematic trading, the disconnect between financial assets & the real-world economy, and we also attempt to explain the returns dispersion found among similar strategies this year.

    Check out Mark’s blog here.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels, Moritz & Mark on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive, @MoritzSeibert, & @MrZepczynski

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



    Episode Summary

    0:00 - Intro

    1:17 - Macro recap from Niels

    2:40 - Weekly review of returns

    13:15 - Moritz: What do you see the narrative for 2021 Trend Following strategies will be?

    27:07 - Niels: How would your performance look this year if you took out the 2 biggest winners?

    53:09 - Trend Following as a store of value

    1:07:42 - Performance recap

    1:08:32 - Jerry Parker joins us on the show next week. Send in any questions you may have.

    1:08:45 - Recommended listening or reading: In Defense of Trouble Makers by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth & A Deflationary World with Jeff Boothe on the Investors Podcast Network

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    117 The Systematic Investor Series – December 7th, 2020

    117 The Systematic Investor Series – December 7th, 2020

    Today, we discuss why a random calendar year is not a good measure of performance, recent increased volatility in alternative markets, how to define an ‘alternative’ market, the strong case for a mixed portfolio of stocks & Trend Following strategies, how to perform the easy-money Bitcoin trade, the benefits of using and investing in Bitcoin, trading the Chinese futures markets, and why a Trend Following system would have entered you into a Tesla position without the need for any predictions.

    If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here.

    Check out our Global Macro series here.

    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

    IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

    And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here.

    Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com

    Follow Niels & Moritz on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive & @MoritzSeibert

    And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast.

    Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆



    Episode Summary

    0:00 - Intro

    2:15 - Macro recap from Niels

    5:14 - Weekly review of returns

    52:51 - Q1; Fernando: How have your views on position sizing evolved over the years?  What are your thoughts on managing drawdowns?

    1:03:18 - Performance recap

    1:06:10 - Recommended podcast listening this week: Rishi Narang on the Chat With Traders Podcast & Keith McCullough on The Felder Report podcast

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

TraderLFT ,

One of the best podcasts for traders

I have been designing and implementing trading systems since 2016 and adding podcasts to my research agenda since. Top Traders Unplugged is one of the best podcasts available for the dedicated quant, if not the best one. Thank you Niels, Moritz, Jerry and team.

Dan75861 ,

My favourite trading podcast

This podcast combines a tremendous amount of wisdom and trading experience from 3 of the industry's most knowledgeable and professional traders.

In addition, they interview top-notch guests, who delve into practical trading questions.

Unlike so many other podcasts that are filled with hype and unrealistic expectations, this podcast offers a candid look into the real world of systematic, rules based investing.

-@ChartingTrends

Zach C Martin ,

Great Resource

As a novice systematic trader, I find this podcast to be very insightful and motivating. The content has been helping me to create my own systematic trading program. Their willingness to take questions and have the hosts discuss the questions on air and provide answers is also greatly appreciated.

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