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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.

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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.

    124 Systematic Investor Series ft Jerry Parker– January 24th, 2021

    124 Systematic Investor Series ft Jerry Parker– January 24th, 2021

    Turtle Trading legend Jerry Parker joins us today to discuss why smart people often struggle with systematic investing, the benefits of non-predictive investment strategies, what changes Jerry would make to Richard Dennis and William Eckhart’s original Turtle Trading rules, why predefined trade exits are good for your mind-state, why Trend Following strategies are so suited to unexpected market events, the importance of sticking to the core principles when applying a Trend Following system, whether Trend Following traders should have learned anything from the markets in 2020, why you should take as little as possible from a backtest, and what having a robust portfolio actually means.

    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 & Jerry on Twitter:

    @TopTradersLive  & @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

    1:41 - Macro recap from Niels

    3:54 - Weekly review of returns

    52:18 - Q1; Zack: Are there any known Trend Following strategies that increase position sizes as volatility increases?

    57:55 - Performance recap

    1:21:21 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Paul Singer on the End Game Podcast with Grant Williams, Corey Hoffstein on Bloomberg's Odd Lots Podcast & Jack Schwager on The Derivative Podcast

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    123 Systematic Investor Series – January 18th, 2021

    123 Systematic Investor Series – January 18th, 2021

    In today’s show, we discuss the benefits of not taking profits too early during huge price moves, how a Trend Follower might be trading Bitcoin, if March 2020 may have impacted a Trend Follower’s approach to the markets, why the S&P 500 could be considered just as much of an ‘alternative’ market as Iron Ore, our most memorable trades, Bitcoin as a great diversifier in a Trend Following portfolio, and how a retail trader can gain access to managed futures.  Questions we answer this week include: What prompted Moritz to place his Tesla short trade recently, and how did it play out?  What are your views on stop-losses?

    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

    1:40 - Macro recap from Niels

    5:06 - Weekly review of returns

    53:15 - Q1; Carlos: Has March 2020 impacted how you view your Trend Following approach?

    59:14 - Q2; James: Why did Moritz place a discretionary short-trade on Tesla last month? Why does Dunn Capital avoid using stop-losses? What are your most memorable trades?

    1:12:09 - Q3; Peter: Do you recommend any particular brokers?

    1:17:30 - Q4; Craig: What are your thoughts on managed futures ETFs?

    1:20:22 - Performance recap

    1:21:21 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Macro Voices Podcast ft Art Berman & Danielle Dimartino-Booth on The Felder Report Podcast

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    122 Systematic Investor Series ft Robert Carver – January 10th, 2021

    122 Systematic Investor Series 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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    • 1 hr 21 min
    121 Systematic Investor Series – January 6th, 2021

    121 Systematic Investor Series – 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 Series – January 2nd, 2020

    120 Systematic Investor Series – 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 Series ft Jerry Parker – December 21st, 2020

    119 Systematic Investor Series 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

Customer Reviews

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316 Ratings

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Great Podcast!

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