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Hugh Kimura from the Trading Heroes Blog interviews professional independent traders and industry experts to help you learn how to trade and live better. Becoming an independent Trader is not easy, but if this is what you aspire to, subscribe to this podcast to get tips, ideas and inspiration to help you reach your trading goals. You don't have to trade alone!

The Trading Lifestyle Podcast: Trading Heroes Forex Trading Blog | Pro Trader Interviews Hugh Kimura

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Hugh Kimura from the Trading Heroes Blog interviews professional independent traders and industry experts to help you learn how to trade and live better. Becoming an independent Trader is not easy, but if this is what you aspire to, subscribe to this podcast to get tips, ideas and inspiration to help you reach your trading goals. You don't have to trade alone!

    EP30 // Behind the Scenes Look at Starting an ECN Forex Broker in Sweden with Arif Alexander Ahmad

    EP30 // Behind the Scenes Look at Starting an ECN Forex Broker in Sweden with Arif Alexander Ahmad

    Running a Forex brokerage is a really tough business.

    Oh the stories I've heard….

    So why would anyone want to start one?

    In this episode, I sat down with Arif Ahmad, co-founder of Scandinavian Capital Markets (SCM), a ECN broker in Stockholm Sweden. As it turns out, Arif had good reasons to get into the brokerage business.

    As money managers, they were tired of getting pushed around by shady FX brokers. They figured that they only way to get good service was to provide it themselves.

    That is how SCM was born. 

    They are based in Stockholm, Sweden and as it turns out, there are several advantages to having a brokerage there. With many countries reducing Forex trading leverage to 30:1 or lower, it is becoming harder to find brokers that will support more highly leveraged trading.

    Obviously, leverage is a double-edged sword and not for the beginner. But I personally believe that traders should still have the option to be able to access higher leverage.

    Having a broker in Sweden gives traders the advantage of still being able to access 100:1 leverage, in a country with a stable banking environment and a reasonable amount of regulation.

    The alternative is usually to go to places that are havens for dodgy offshore brokers like Cyprus or Malta, which are like the Wild West, when it comes to regulation.

    As I've mentioned before, the best broker for you will depend on where you live, how you trade and what you value in a broker. So always do your own due diligence when choosing a broker.

    Even if you aren't looking for a new broker, this interview is an inspiring look at the entrepreneurial journey of two guys who saw an opportunity to create a better product and are working hard to make that happen.

    I hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

    Note: Since they are based outside of the US, they cannot accept US clients…per US laws.

    In This Episode



    * How Arif got screwed over by Forex brokers as a money manager

    * Why Sweden is a great place to have a Forex brokerage

    * What led to the formation of Scandinavian Capital Markets (SCM)

    * The cultural changes that SCM wants to create in the Forex world

    * And more!



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    Resources Mentioned



    * Scandinavian Capital Markets

    * Valhalla

    * Book a meeting with Arif or someone on the SCM team



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    • 33 min
    EP29 // NeuroTrader: Using Biodata and AI to Boost Trader Performance with Chris Capre and Ken Medanic

    EP29 // NeuroTrader: Using Biodata and AI to Boost Trader Performance with Chris Capre and Ken Medanic

    Update: My personal experience with this program and my full NeuroTrader review is provided at the end of this post. 

    High Frequency Trading (HFT) isn't the only technology that has changed the world of trading. Wearable devices that collect biodata have become smaller and more powerful, which has created some exciting opportunities for independent traders.

    The first benefit is the ability to monitor your biodata in real-time, to see if you are in the right state of mind to trade. Successful traders are acutely aware of their trading psychology. But even the best traders can occasionally ignore how they are feeling and continue trading in a sub-optimal mental state.

    With quantitative biodata however, traders can measure how they are feeling in real-time. Based on this information, they can either choose not to trade, or they can get themselves into the right state of mind before placing trades.

    Secondly, the combination of biodata and Artificial Intelligence (AI) now makes it easier for this hedge fund to hire independent traders from anywhere in the world. This was very difficult in the past because of the extremely high degree of trust that a fund had to have in remote traders.

    But this AI can monitor the biodata of remote traders and decide if a trade should be executed, based on a few simple biological indicators. You can think of it as a virtual Risk Manager that can manage risk before trades are even placed.

    To learn more about how this works, listen in as I talk to Ken and Chris and find out how they developed this idea, the technology behind their fund, the requirements for getting hired as a remote trader, and much more.

    In this Episode with Chris Capre and Ken Medanic



    * Why you need to be a consistently losing trader before you can become a consistently winning trader

    * How to apply for their hedge fund

    * What traders have to wear to monitor their biodata

    * How it's possible for their hedge fund to hire traders who are breakeven or trading a demo account

    * Learn more about Chris and Ken and their success in trading

    * Why biodata tracking works

    * And more!



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    Resources



    * NeuroTrader Website

    * Listen to my first interview with Chris Capre



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    EP28 // Joan Sotkin: How to Change Your Wealth Mindset and Align Yourself With Money

    EP28 // Joan Sotkin: How to Change Your Wealth Mindset and Align Yourself With Money

    In this episode of the Trading Lifestyle Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joan Sotkin, a prosperity and mindset mentor. As you get deeper into trading and get past making all of the beginner mistakes, you start to learn that trading is much more about your mindset than your trading system.

    That's how you can usually tell a new trader from an experienced trader.

    But tuning up your mindset is not an easy task.

    Believe me, I know first hand.

    So the more people you can get to help you with your wealth psychology, reconciling your childhood hangups and releasing negative emotions, the higher your probability of succeeding in trading.

    Joan is one of those people who can help you do these things. In fact, she shares a couple of exercises in this interview that you can do right now to help you understand some of your core beliefs related to money.

    Remember, the person who helps you with these things does not have to be a trader. The principles of a wealthy mindset and releasing negative emotions are universal to success in any business.

    I hope you enjoy listening to this interview and learn as much as I did.

    In This Episode with Joan Sotkin



    * Why Joan went bankrupt making $50,000 per month.

    * What she realized about her relationship to money that helped her get on the right path.

    * Why she gave away all her possessions and traveled the world (and why you don't have to).

    * How to figure out your money habits and change them.

    * Turn your current negative emotions into an audible sound and replace it with a positive emotion.

    * Your perception of life is only one side of the story.



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    Resources Mentioned



    * Prosperity Place

    * Get a free call with Joan here

    * The Search for Connection: A Spiritual Journey to Physical, Emotional, and Financial Health



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    I really appreciate you joining me for this episode of the podcast. If you have any feedback on this episode, please be sure to leave a comment below.

    If you know of a trader who would benefit from any of the information in this post, feel free to use the social media share buttons on this post. Be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes and if you love it, a 5-star review is greatly appreciated!

     

     

     

    • 39 min
    EP27 // Justin Hertzberg: How to Become a CTA, Best Forex Brokers and How Rebates Work

    EP27 // Justin Hertzberg: How to Become a CTA, Best Forex Brokers and How Rebates Work

    Managing money is one way to become a professional trader. But the process can be confusing and sometimes a little scary.

    After all, you don't want to do anything wrong.

    Of course, this podcast is for education purposes only and is not legal or trading advice.

    However Justin Hertzberg works with quite a few CTAs (Commodity Trading Advisors) and was generous enough to share his experience with them, so you understand how the general process works and where to get started.

    He is the president and CEO of Forest Park FX, a CFTC registered/NFA member introducing brokerage firm. After working for several Forex and equities brokerage firms as both trader and in-house counsel, he launched Forex Park FX in early 2013.

    In 2008, He left the traditional practice of law to pursue a career in trading. Forest Park FX works with forex traders and money managers to create customized brokerage and trading solutions to suit their individual needs and concerns.

    The company's offerings include cash back rebates for retail clients, algorithm development, and brokerage support for money managers and CTAs, among others. He began his career as a commercial and securities litigator for a large law firm after obtaining his juris doctorate and finance MBA from the University of Miami.

    Obviously, money manager requirements will vary by country and Justin is talking about US traders in this interview. But regardless of where you live, this interview can at least point you in the right direction and help you ask the right questions.

    We also chat about what Forex Park does for their clients and how broker rebates work. Since they are an Introducing Broker and not a primary broker, they have a lot more flexibility.

    They can also be more forthcoming about what is really good for clients, since they have a variety of brokers and services to choose from. On the other hand, brokers like FXCM only have one product (basically), so that is what they will try to sell you.

    Forest Park does their best to find out what the trader needs and steers them to the right broker.

    If you have ever wondered about rebates, Justin and I get into that too. Learn how they handle rebates and their stance on what clients should get.

    This is a very informative interview, so I hope you get as much out of it as I did!

    In This Episode



    * When you should become a CTA

    * When you might not want to become a CTA

    * CTA requirements

    * How to choose a broker

    * Educational backgrounds of money managers they work with

    * And more!



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    Resources Mentioned



    * Forest Park FX (US traders)

    * Forest Park FX (Non-US traders)

    * NFA

    * CFTC

    * Becoming a CTA

    * Call Justin at: +1 (561) 922-7616

    * For questions: support@forestparkfx.com



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    EP26 // Greg McLeod: Scalping Forex, a Huge Yahoo Trade and His Big Why

    EP26 // Greg McLeod: Scalping Forex, a Huge Yahoo Trade and His Big Why

    A lot of people will tell you that scalping Forex successfully is simply not possible.

    Greg McLeod would beg to differ.

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Greg to find out how he scalps successfully, who his biggest mentors were and get into some of the “behind the scenes” stuff that has shaped him into the trader that he is today. Speaking of mentors, Greg has been taught by some of the best traders and trading coaches…ever.

    He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and later also taught public school in the area. If you are not familiar with that part of the United States, it is one of the roughest areas in the country and teaching public school there is no easy task.

    …and that is probably a big understatement.

    But Greg found ways to get students interested in learning, through trading…which is really cool. We have a very down-to-earth talk about some of his greatest achievements, what drives him as a trader and some of the most painful moments on his trading journey.

    I hope that you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed doing it!

    In This Episode



    * His huge early win in Yahoo

    * The personality trait that makes him good at scalping Forex

    * The stocks that his public school students bought (and made money on)

    * Why he's always looking for “the party”

    * The lowest moment in his trading career

    * How talking to dudes in the bathroom might be good for your trading career

    * Why the idea of bulls and bears is a misconception

    * And more!



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    Resources Mentioned



    * Get the special case study and trading lesson from Greg

    * The Bible

    * The Market Wizards Books

    * Ari Kev – Trading to Win

    * Thomas Bukowski – Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns

    * Alexander Elder – Trading For a Living

    * Boris Scholssberg 

    * Gerald Appel – MACD Inventor

    * John Bollinger

    * Larry Pesavento

    * Rob Booker

    * Mark Douglas 

    * Watch Greg's other interview with Shaun Overton

    * Contact Holger: holger@elitetradersuniversity.com

    * Contact Greg: greg@forexpaydays.com



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    EP25 // The Forex Broker That Trades WITH Customers with Juan Colón

    EP25 // The Forex Broker That Trades WITH Customers with Juan Colón

    Social trading is a bit like communism.

    – Juan Colón

    I'm really excited to present this episode of the podcast because I believe that this Forex broker has the potential to change how talented independent Forex traders get funded and can go on to trade for a living.

    Yes, I said broker. 

    Juan Colón is one of the co-founders of Darwinex, a Forex broker, slash investment platform. He is not a trader, but after you are done with this interview, I think you will agree that he and his co-founders are doing a lot for all the independent traders out there.

    Traders on the Darwinex platform can setup an account and build a track record and investors can place their money with traders that fit their risk tolerance.

    Yes, this sounds a lot like the copy trading sites out there, but it isn't. Trust me, it goes way beyond copy trading…



    For one, Darwinex does a lot to protect the trader's intellectual property (his/her trading).

    But that's just the start.

    I think that they are doing a great job of opening investment funding to independent traders and if you have been wondering how you can get funded, this might be a good alternative for you.

    In This Episode



    * Why social trading is like communism

    * How Darwinex separates the good traders from the bad

    * The story behind how Darwinex was started

    * What this means for US citizens

    * And more!



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    Resources Mentioned



    * Darwinex – The Darwin Exchange

    * Get a Trading Heroes invitation – If you would like to be invited to the platform and given promotional consideration on Trading Heroes to get more investors, contact me to learn more.



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    Thanks for Listening!

    I really appreciate you joining me for this episode of the podcast. If you have any feedback on this episode, please be sure to leave a comment below.

    If you know of a trader who would benefit from any of the information in this post, feel free to use the social media share buttons on this post. Be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes and if you love it, a 5-star review is greatly appreciated!

    Also be sure to check out the resources page for tips on the best education, FX trading software and more.

     

    Note: I do get a commission if I invite you to the platform and you do well. However, I will provide extra visibility for your trading through the Trading Heroes network (again, if you do well), in exchange for signing up through me.  

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