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The AlphaMind Podcast

Steven Goldstein & Mark Randall

Mastering trading is not about mastering markets but mastering yourself. The AlphaMind Podcast focuses on the 'Trader Self'. We look at the person doing the trading, their interactions with the market, the impact the market has on them, and the skills, actions and activities needed to navigate their way through the complex and uncertain terrain of financial, commodity, energy and crypto markets.

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#92 Peter Castle - The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets.
Jun 11 2022
#92 Peter Castle - The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets.
Peter Castle started trading in 1995. Whilst going through the process of learning trading and listening to many of the great trainers and teachers of trading, he noticed how many of themes focused on lessons that had a spiritual component. He realised how trading the markets can push you to the edge of desperation, which then impacts you mentally and can lead you into downward spiral of negativity that manifests poor performance and eventually mental burn out.Peter started to incorporate some of the teaching of his learnings from Buddhism, into a mental process which helped him to cope better with demands placed on him as a trader. This was to have a hugely positive impact on how he managed himself in markets, how he processed information and how he made trading decisions. Peter has now shared his reflections on this journey in a new book ‘The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets’ You can find out more about Peter on his ‘easy share trading’ website: book ZenTrader can be purchased on the Harriman-House website here: Podcast Sponsor: TradeStation GlobalTradeStation Global is a multi-asset trading platform with access to international markets. Trade Stocks, Forex, Futures and Micro e-Mini Futures from one account. Leverage professional-grade tools like RadarScreen®, The Matrix, and EasyLanguage® an intuitive coding language for traders.With TradeStation Global there are no hidden price spreads - just transparent, low commissions. Click here to find out more and open an account.TradeStation International Ltd, authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom, acts as an Introducing Broker to Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Ltd. The firm does not provide investment advice or trading recommendations. Investment and trading involve risks, including possible loss of principal. TradeStation®, EasyLanguage® and the other company trademarks in the TradeStation platform are owned by TradeStation Technologies, Inc., a technology research and development company affiliated with TradeStation International Ltd. At present, the TradeStation Global product is not available to EU residents.AlphaMind Podcast Sponsor:  The Society of Technical Analysts (The STA):The Society of Technical Analysts provide world beating technical analysis education programmes and offer outstanding membership services with regular talks and meetings. Their Home Study Course is based on the Diploma Programme they deliver to students at the London School of Economics and has been created by many of the leading minds in the field of technical analysis. Alphamind Podcast listeners can obtain a 10% discount on the Society of Technical Analysts world-beating Home Study Course at this link: bit.ly/3r3TawOAlphaMind Podcast: Podcast Website: bit.ly/3K6xx5F YouTube bit.ly/3J54QWx AlphaMind Social Media:Website: bit.ly/3GpcOIs Blog: bit.ly/34dVoBK Twitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9Ez LinkedIn AlphaMind Group: bit.ly/3vwo6Hu The AlphaMind Project Ltd: bit.ly/3O
#92 Peter Castle - The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets.
Jun 11 2022
#92 Peter Castle - The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets.
Peter Castle started trading in 1995. Whilst going through the process of learning trading and listening to many of the great trainers and teachers of trading, he noticed how many of themes focused on lessons that had a spiritual component. He realised how trading the markets can push you to the edge of desperation, which then impacts you mentally and can lead you into downward spiral of negativity that manifests poor performance and eventually mental burn out.Peter started to incorporate some of the teaching of his learnings from Buddhism, into a mental process which helped him to cope better with demands placed on him as a trader. This was to have a hugely positive impact on how he managed himself in markets, how he processed information and how he made trading decisions. Peter has now shared his reflections on this journey in a new book ‘The Zen Trader: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Master Your Mind and the Markets’ You can find out more about Peter on his ‘easy share trading’ website: book ZenTrader can be purchased on the Harriman-House website here: Podcast Sponsor: TradeStation GlobalTradeStation Global is a multi-asset trading platform with access to international markets. Trade Stocks, Forex, Futures and Micro e-Mini Futures from one account. Leverage professional-grade tools like RadarScreen®, The Matrix, and EasyLanguage® an intuitive coding language for traders.With TradeStation Global there are no hidden price spreads - just transparent, low commissions. Click here to find out more and open an account.TradeStation International Ltd, authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom, acts as an Introducing Broker to Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Ltd. The firm does not provide investment advice or trading recommendations. Investment and trading involve risks, including possible loss of principal. TradeStation®, EasyLanguage® and the other company trademarks in the TradeStation platform are owned by TradeStation Technologies, Inc., a technology research and development company affiliated with TradeStation International Ltd. At present, the TradeStation Global product is not available to EU residents.AlphaMind Podcast Sponsor:  The Society of Technical Analysts (The STA):The Society of Technical Analysts provide world beating technical analysis education programmes and offer outstanding membership services with regular talks and meetings. Their Home Study Course is based on the Diploma Programme they deliver to students at the London School of Economics and has been created by many of the leading minds in the field of technical analysis. Alphamind Podcast listeners can obtain a 10% discount on the Society of Technical Analysts world-beating Home Study Course at this link: bit.ly/3r3TawOAlphaMind Podcast: Podcast Website: bit.ly/3K6xx5F YouTube bit.ly/3J54QWx AlphaMind Social Media:Website: bit.ly/3GpcOIs Blog: bit.ly/34dVoBK Twitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9Ez LinkedIn AlphaMind Group: bit.ly/3vwo6Hu The AlphaMind Project Ltd: bit.ly/3O
#91 Oliver Kell - US Trading Champion 2020: The Journey to Trading Mastery
May 29 2022
#91 Oliver Kell - US Trading Champion 2020: The Journey to Trading Mastery
OIiver Kell won the 2020 US stock trading champion with an astonishing return of 941%, almost double the return of the second-place competitor. However, there is a lot more to Oliver than just great trading, his success is born of a deep humility and a huge respect for risk and the market. And as you listen to him, you may be surprised to notice how his process and success is built upon a foundation of high-risk aversion allied to a deep passion for what he does.In this episode Oliver opens about his trading, his background and what he feels it takes to achieve mastery in trading. Oliver is a great advert for the small retail trader taking on the Wall Street giants and coming out on top. You can find out more about Oliver, including an excellent book he has written called ‘Victory in Stock Trading’ where he shares some of his strategies, developed through trial and error over more than a decade at and can follow him on Twitter at AlphaMind Podcast Sponsoring Partners: TradeStation Global is a multi-asset trading platform with access to international markets. Trade Stocks, Forex, Futures and Micro e-Mini Futures from one account. Leverage professional-grade tools like RadarScreen®, The Matrix, and EasyLanguage® an intuitive coding language for traders.With TradeStation Global there are no hidden price spreads - just transparent, low commissions. Click here to find out more and open an account.TradeStation International Ltd, authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom, acts as an Introducing Broker to Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Ltd. The firm does not provide investment advice or trading recommendations. Investment and trading involve risks, including possible loss of principal. TradeStation®, EasyLanguage® and the other company trademarks in the TradeStation platform are owned by TradeStation Technologies, Inc., a technology research and development company affiliated with TradeStation International Ltd. At present, the TradeStation Global product is not available to EU residents.The Society of Technical Analysts (The STA) provide world beating technical analysis education programmes and offer outstanding membership services with regular talks and meetings. Their Home Study Course is based on the Diploma Programme they deliver to students at the London School of Economics and has been created by many of the leading minds in the field of technical analysis. Alphamind Podcast listeners can obtain a 10% discount on the Society of Technical Analysts world-beating Home Study Course at this link: bit.ly/3r3TawOAlphaMind Podcast:Podcast Website: bit.ly/3K6xx5FYouTube bit.ly/3J54QWxiTunes apple.co/3grmcANSpotify spoti.fi/3ruiRHzAlphaMind Social Media:Website: bit.ly/3GpcOIs Blog: bit.ly/34dVoBKTwitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9EzLinkedIn AlphaMind Group: bit.ly/3vwo6Hu The AlphaMind Project Ltd: bit.ly/3OJ4zwrNewsletter Sign-up
#90 Linda Raschke: Trading and ‘The Power of The Mind’
May 16 2022
#90 Linda Raschke: Trading and ‘The Power of The Mind’
Linda Raschke is one of those traders who is quoted often by other traders. That gives you a sense of the respect and regard with which she is held in the trading world. Linda started trading since the early 1980s, and after a tough introduction to the world of trading, went on to achieve great success and attained notoriety in the trading world after she was featured in one of the early Market Wizards books. Recently Linda wrote ‘Trading Sardines, Lessons in the Markets from a Lifelong Trader’, a brilliant and high entertaining recap of her trading journey, where she shares  great advice, valuable reflections, and a fair dash of humour, which really captures her zest for life. In this interview, you can hear how Linda's incredibly deep passion for trading, markets, and how to overcome the mental challenges which make success in this career so elusive and challenging, and we were delighted that she was willing to discuss this so deeply on the AlphaMind Podcast.Linda Social MediaTwitter: @LindaRaschke Website: LindaRaschke.net Book: Trading Sardines: Podcast Sponsor1: TradeStation Global:TradeStation Global is a multi-asset trading platform with access to international markets. Trade Stocks, Forex, Futures and Micro e-Mini Futures from one account. Leverage professional-grade tools like RadarScreen®, The Matrix, and EasyLanguage® an intuitive coding language for traders.With TradeStation Global there are no hidden price spreads - just transparent, low commissions. Click here to find out more and open an account.TradeStation International Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom, acts as an Introducing Broker to Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Ltd. The firm does not provide investment advice or trading recommendations. Investment and trading involve risks, including possible loss of principal. TradeStation®, EasyLanguage® and the other company trademarks in the TradeStation platform are owned by TradeStation Technologies, Inc., a technology research and development company affiliated with TradeStation International Ltd. At present, the TradeStation Global product is not available to EU residents.AlphaMind Podcast Sponsor2: The Society of Technical Analysts (The STA):The Society of Technical Analysts provide world beating technical analysis education programmes and offer outstanding membership services with regular talks and meetings. Their Home Study Course is based on the Diploma Programme they deliver to students at the London School of Economics and has been created by many of the leading minds in the field of technical analysis. Alphamind Podcast listeners can obtain a 10% discount on the STAs world-beating Home Study Course at this link: bit.ly/3r3TawOAlphaMind Podcast: Podcast Website: bit.ly/3K6xx5F YouTube bit.ly/3J54QWx iTunes apple.co/3grmcAN Spotify spoti.fi/3ruiRHzAlphaMind Social Media:Website: bit.ly/3GpcOIs Twitter: Steve bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark  bit.ly/3uqL9Ez LinkedIn AlphaMind Group: bit.ly/3vwo6Hu Newsletter: bit.ly/3gtk0Z
#89 Garth Mackenzie - What Drives Trading Success?
Apr 23 2022
#89 Garth Mackenzie - What Drives Trading Success?
In this episode, we discuss with Garth Mackenzie, what he feels drives trading success, what drives his trading success, and what is it about his approach which has contributed to his success thus far.Garth has been trading for over 20 years, however Garth admits the journey was anything but smooth, and despite some early successes, he found that the market was as adept in taking away, as it was in giving. In the years since his early trading days, Garth has gone on to build a thriving trading practice, putting both his own money and institutional money to work in the markets. In addition to being a trader, Garth is one of the most genuine and honest Trader Educators out there, providing excellent trading education services for the wider trading community through his ‘Trader’s Corner’ service and his ‘Talking with Traders’ podcast. Garth Mackenzie Contacts and Services: Twitter: bit.ly/3vDIYwtLinkedIn: bit.ly/3K9NPLhTrader’s Corner Website: bit.ly/3xIa8VITalking with Traders Podcast: apple.co/3k3mz6fAlphaMind Podcast SponsorThe Society of Technical Analysts:  bit.ly/3KaCnilOffer: Receive a 10% discount on the Society of Technical Analysts world-beating Home Study Course: bit.ly/3r3TawOAlphaMind Podcast:Podcast Website: bit.ly/3K6xx5FYouTube bit.ly/3J54QWx iTunes apple.co/3grmcAN Spotify spoti.fi/3ruiRHzAlphaMind Social Media:Website: bit.ly/3GpcOIs Blog: bit.ly/34dVoBKTwitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9EzLinkedIn AlphaMind Group: bit.ly/3vwo6HuThe AlphaMind Project Ltd: bit.ly/3OJ4zwr Newsletter Sign-up for our Newsletter: bit.ly/3gtk0Zq
#87 DeFi Panel of Experts: The Crypto Revolution Explored
Mar 19 2022
#87 DeFi Panel of Experts: The Crypto Revolution Explored
For anyone 30 or younger, the world of DeFi (Decentralised Finance) is their world. Some in their 30s are clued up, but to most, DeFi and the world of Cryptocurrencies is something of a mystery. To those over 40, DeFi is largely an alien and murky world, difficult to navigate let alone to even comprehend. In this episode of the AlphaMind podcast show hosts Mark Randell and Steven Goldstein, both far older than is healthy and a long way past the wrong side of 50, facilitate a panel of Defi and Crypto experts, who can speak to the ages, and bridge the gap between conventional trading and crypto markets, to help you start to make more sense of ‘The Defi Revolution’. Our panelists are:·      Paul Gordon, a former broker and derivatives trader, who co-founded Coinscrum, which hosts meetings and talks on all things Crypto. Twitter Linkedin·      Glen Goodman, a former BBC and ITV news reporter, turned retail equity trader, then crypto trader, and authored the best-selling book ‘The Crypto Trader’. Twitter, Webpage·      Matt Aaron, project lead for Uniwhales, a DeFi analytics community, a crypto podcast host, and trader/investor in Defi and Crypto projects and markets. Twitter, LinkedIn AlphaMind Podcast SponsorThe Society of Technical Analysts: a 10% discount on their world-beating Technical Analysis Home Study Course, or Technical Analysis Home Study Course + Diploma Programme: DetailsAlphaMind Socials:YouTube bit.ly/3J54QWxiTunes apple.co/3grmcANSpotify spoti.fi/3ruiRHzTwitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9EzWebsite: bit.ly/3GpcOIsBlog: bit.ly/34dVoBKAlphaMind ServicesWeaponizing the Trader's Mind - A Powerful Group Coaching Programme: Find out more.One-to-One Trader Performance Coaching: Find out moreSign-up for our Newsletter: bit.ly/3gtk0Zq
#84 Tom Canfield - Letting Go
Feb 5 2022
#84 Tom Canfield - Letting Go
Contrary to common belief, it is not market knowledge, analytical skills, or some special system or secret indicator that are the key differentiators of success in financial markets. The true differentiator is the ability to ‘Let Go’, and the capability to sustain a ‘Letting Go’ mindset at all times.  This week, Tom Canfield, a veteran US based Retail Trader, returns to the AlphaMind Podcast to discuss his ongoing journey of ‘Letting Go’ as a trader, and his battle to get there. Chapter on the Audio Podcast (00:00) Introduction (02:37) The Conversation Starts.(04:43) Tom’s 2021 Heart Attack. (07:49) That 2021 Podcast, my 25-year journey, evolving and learning to ‘Let Go’.(09:25) 55 years of hard-wired personality traits that don’t want to give up the fight.(10:25) You fall down, you get up, success is a function of resilience and failure. (13:52) The market is always evolving, and we must learn how to evolve with it.(17:15) People must find a way to break the stress in a productive way. (19:20) Rewinding to Tom’s massive drawdown and dealing with the angst.(22:30) Becoming acutely aware of my stress and the beginning of understanding myself.(23:48) The ‘Gun to My Head’ of having to make income from my trading.(27:38) Building a safety net for underperforming periods, to ease the stress and pressure.(29:38) It’s OK not to trade if the environment is difficult. (30:15) Trading is not as it is portrayed on Twitter.  (33:00) I’m a feel-trader, feel trading is tough to teach.(34:10) There is not one right-way to do it, there are multiple nuanced approaches. (37:25) The challenging now is how to do this without letting it own me. (42:20) Awareness of your stress profile. – Start from a view that stress is part of it. (44:37) The challenge of doing the job alone: The loneliness of the job gets to you. (50:30) You got to really ‘Let Go’(53:50) Want less, expect less, experience more. (55:53) The mental side of the game is everything, once you learn the basics. You can follow Tom on his excellent Twitter Feed @canny4AlphaMind Socials:YouTube bit.ly/3J54QWxiTunes apple.co/3grmcANSpotify spoti.fi/3ruiRHzTwitter: Steve Goldstein bit.ly/3J9SNHQ Mark Randall bit.ly/3uqL9EzWebsite: bit.ly/3GpcOIsBlog: bit.ly/34dVoBKAlphaMind ServicesWeaponizing the Trader's Mind - A Powerful Group Coaching Programme: Find out more.One-to-One Trader Performance Coaching: Find out moreAlphaMind Podcast SponsorThe Society of Technical Analysts: a 10% discount on their world-beating Technical Analysis Home Study Course, or Technical Analysis Home Study Course + Diploma Programme: Details Sign-up for our Newsletter: bit.ly/3gtk0Zq
#83 Mike Bellafiore - Striving for Excellence in Prop Trading
Jan 21 2022
#83 Mike Bellafiore - Striving for Excellence in Prop Trading
Mike Bellafiore is co-founder of SMB Capital, one of the world's leading Proprietary Trading firms, based in New York City.  Mike has  authored two outstanding and highly popular trading books, One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading and the The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader. For many new and aspiring traders, the chance to work in a proprietary trading firm, is the holy grail of trading. It is trading’s equivalent of making it to Broadway or being recruited by a major sports team or franchise. In this episode Mike talks about the realities of working in a Proprietary Trading firm, and how the focus on learning, development and mentoring is such a vital ingredient which helps his traders in striving for excellence in their prop trading. Mike shares with us how SMB puts a heavy emphasis on learning and continual improvement, and in supporting their traders to become the elite. What you will hear in this interview how SMB’s focus on, and a culture of, continual improvement and striving for excellence, is the fuel behind their success and is what helps so many traders at SMB capital to not just achieve their dreams, but to exceed them.  Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeBellafioreFollow SMB Capital on Twitter @smbcapitalBooks by Mike Bellafiore One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader. AlphaMind Socials:YouTube: Spotify: Steve Goldstein @AlphaMind 101 Mark Randall @AlphaMind 102 Blog: AlphaMind ServicesWeaponizing the Trader's Mind - A Powerful Group Coaching Programme: Find out more.One-to-One Trader Performance Coaching: Find out moreAlphaMind Podcast SponsorThe Society of Technical Analysts: a 10% discount on their world-beating Technical Analysis Home Study Course, or Technical Analysis Home Study Course + Diploma Programme: Details
#80 Richard Matthews - 5 Decades of Invaluable Market Experience and Lessons Learned
Dec 1 2021
#80 Richard Matthews - 5 Decades of Invaluable Market Experience and Lessons Learned
Whilst the reality is that we all have to learn by our own experiences, we can fast-track that learning by hearing of the experiences of others and making adaptions to how we work quicker than would, by recognizing their experiences in ourselves. In this episode we chat with Richard Matthews, a near 50-year veteran of the markets, who has some great experiences to share. Richard started as a trainee broker in 1973. That is a lot of experience, lot of knowledge, a lot of wisdom, and we are delighted to be able to capture that and share it with you in this week’s AlphaMind podcast.In this episode Richard takes us on a little history of the markets, comparing how it was then to how it is now, what aspects of it have changed and how, and what aspects of it are exactly the same. Richard also shares what he considers are the biggest errors he has seen people make, and that they continue to make,   Charitable Venture.   We also want to mention of a great and worthwhile charitable venture Richard is involved in, which he talks about towards the end of the podcast.  The charity is called ‘First Workings’ which aims to help people from underprivileged backgrounds in the New York City area to acquire the Social Capital that those from more privileged backgrounds naturally acquire. There is extensive research which shows that a paid internship drastically increases a college graduate’s likelihood of securing a job offer upon graduation. For young people of colour, young people coming from low-income backgrounds, or those who are first generation college students, connections to paid internships are more difficult to secure without social capital. ‘First Workings’ go into schools and the community to help build social capital through:Workplace Readiness Skills TrainingPlacement in a Paid Summer InternshipMatching students with a professional in the industry they hope to pursue in college and beyond for a virtual mentorship if in-person internships are not feasibleAlumni programming including networking opportunities and career access training workshopsComprehensive supportEfforts to foster professional experiencesThis experience provides students that come from underrepresented or underserved communities with tools and resources they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to.Richard is connected to first workings in NY and is setting up a similar charity here in the UK to work in schools in some of London’s more challenged areas. To know more about First Workings, their website is will update this when the webpage for the UK charity is set-up. In the meantime, if you would like to contact Richard about his charity project, you can message his twitter handle
#79 True Grit - Dr Doug Mackaman and Dr Paul Stolz on Grit and Adversity as the Bedrock of Success
Nov 16 2021
#79 True Grit - Dr Doug Mackaman and Dr Paul Stolz on Grit and Adversity as the Bedrock of Success
True Grit: Dr Doug Mackaman and Dr Paul Stolz on Grit and Adversity as the Bedrock of SuccessThe ability to cope with setbacks, deal with adversity and have the grit to battle through the difficult times, is the very bedrock which trading success is built upon. In this episode we talk with two of the world’s leading experts on these themes. Dr Doug Mackaman is a distinguished professor of European History and Global Affairs,  at the university of Wisconsin, has studied the history of burnout and is passionate about regeneration and escalation of talent. Dr. Paul G. Stoltz is considered the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. He is author of five international bestselling books on the subject, was voted by HR Magazine as “One of the Top 10 most influential global thinkers,” and by Executive Excellence as “One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time.” . He has given a wonderful Ted Talk on adversity and has also been a regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey show talking about these themes.   In this episode, Doug and Paul talk about how the importance of developing and nurturing these attributes in the face of the stresses of the modern world, the challenges and demands put upon people to produce and lead, and pressures to perform to and the expectations put upon people by others and themselves.  We also hear about their venture called Sabatigo, which is a novel twist on the concepts of sabbaticals. Sabatigo is designed to help business leaders, stressed out managers and high net worth individuals regenerate from burnout whilst escalating their leadership profiles and enterprise-level wisdom. The purpose is to help these people to become more empathic, resilient, and innovative in how they solve problems and resolve the issues and challenges their businesses and people face.You can learn more about Sabatigo at this link can also learn more about:Dr Doug Mackaman and his work here Dr Paul Stolz and his work here
#77 Brent Donnelly - Alpha Trader: The Mindset, Methodology and Mathematics of Professional Trading
Oct 5 2021
#77 Brent Donnelly - Alpha Trader: The Mindset, Methodology and Mathematics of Professional Trading
Brent Donnelly has been in and around trading for close to 3 decades and has held major trading roles at investment banks and hedge funds with a strong emphasis on the FX and Global Macro, where he has been involved in both market-making and proprietary roles. Brent started trading in 1995 and has worked at several illustrious firms in the markets, including Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Royal bank of Canada, Lehman Brothers, Graham Capital, Nomura Bank and HSBC. Since 2004 Brent has been writing a brilliant free daily newsletter on the markets called AM/FX – This newsletter is read widely by professional traders across the world inside Investment banks, Hedge Funds, Asset Management Firms, and Even Central banks. Brent has also authored two books: The Art of Currency Trading and his most recent book, Alpha Trader: The Mindset, Methodology and Mathematics of Professional Trading. In this interview Brent tells us about AlphaTrader and talks extensively about trading, markets and what he believes it takes to be a successful trader. This interview pulls back the curtain somewhat on what it’s like to be a professional trader, and some of the challenges pro-traders face as they seek to battle the markets within a high pressured trading room environment. You can find out more about Brent on his personal website: visit Brent’s new venture Spectra Markets, where you can sign up for his free AM/FX Newsletter: also follow Brent on Twitter at
#76 Dr Van Tharp - Avoiding a Victim Mentality in Trading
Sep 14 2021
#76 Dr Van Tharp - Avoiding a Victim Mentality in Trading
Narrative for WebsiteIn this episode we spoke with legendary trading psychologist Dr Van K Tharp. Dr Tharp has been coaching traders for almost 4 decades and came to prominence when he was featured in Jack Schwager’s very first Market Wizard’s book back in 1989. As you can imagine, with someone with that level of experience and knowledge, this chat goes beneath the surface of trading and into the inner realms of human performance, touching on areas of 'who we are', 'how we are', and 'how we be’, that are rarely discussed with such depth when talking about trading. Some of the themes we would like to emphasise include Ø  Our different modalities when engaged in trading, these include a hierarchy of different states.·       Things happen to me. > Becoming the Victim – Owned and liable to go into tilt.  ·       Things happen by me > Becoming a Non-Victim – Starting to Own Your Results. ·       Things happen through me. > Awakening and Becoming at One with the Market·       Being at One with the Market > May fleetingly or periodically be here but it’s impossible to remain here permanently. Ø  Science Thinking versus System Thinking:Science thinking believes we can identify causation, and then use that to identify possible futures. Systems thinking accepts the complexity and uncertainty of the world and holds a light view of possible causation and holds the polarity of trying to identify possible futures, whilst accepting one cannot possibly identify with any high degree of certainty the possible future. Ø  Alignments between you and your system, method, or approach. The importance of matching approaches to the market, with who and how you are naturally.Ø  How we hold beliefs about ourselves and how they influence our trading and how our negative emotions hold those beliefs into place. Ø  How we store negative beliefs in our body which then drive our decision-making behaviours. Ø  How these aspect conspire to put someone into victim mode. Ø  Modelling People who do trading well and the key ingredients needed to being able to model these, including being able to align yourself with their Signal, Feeling, Action sequence. You can find out more about Dr Van Tharp and his work at the Van Tharp Institute at to his YouTube channel can be found here: Twitter handle is:
#74 Steve Ward & Simon Coterill - The Power of Trader Journaling.
Jul 26 2021
#74 Steve Ward & Simon Coterill - The Power of Trader Journaling.
Journaling is one of the most useful activities a trader can engage in to help them become better traders, power their development, and help them refine their trading practice. However, it is also one of those activities that people think is a great idea but is something they think they’ll do another day, or they do a half-hearted effort. The exceptions are usually ‘exceptional people’. People who are willing to go that extra mile, put in the hard yards, take the time to learn about themselves and reflect on their trading. Our guests today are Steve Ward and Simon Cotterill. Together they have conceived, constructed, and published an outstanding new book/journal called the ‘Trader’s Mind Journal’. Steve Ward will be familiar to AlphaMind listeners and traders more widely. Steven has worked in the field of High Performance over many decades, he worked with Olympic Athletes, High Stakes Poker Players, Leaders in Business and with Traders and Investors in the Financial Markets. Steve realised the similarities between high performance sports and the trading world and developed a performance practice which has helped many traders make lasting improvements. Steven wrote his first book, High Performance Trading, a few years ago. It became an instant hit amongst traders and has seen his reputation in this world soar. Last year he released Bulletproof Trader to great acclaim. Simon Coterill came to trading after successfully running a printing company for many years. He started trading in 2010 and since 2014 has been day trading for his full-time career.Simon focused initially on technical analysis but increasingly recognised the importance of Developing his psychology around trading. The Traders Mind Journal started as a project to develop a personal trading journal for his own use, however coming from a printing background, he started to explore the possibility of creating a more formal trading journal structure to use.  Steve and Simon have been working together over the past couple of years to design, construct and produce the Traders Mind Journal. The journal is a fantastic product which will be hugely useful and valuable to traders as a personal reflection and development tool. The Traders Mind Journal is the best ‘published trading journal’ we have come across. We are delighted to announce that listeners of the AlphaMind Podcast can obtain a 15% discount off the face value price of the Trader’s Mind Journal by inputting the code AMP15 when they order the book direct from Trader’s Mind Journal on the website can also follow them on twitter
#73 Jonathan Baird - Award Winning Money Manage:‘I Have Seen the Enemy and He Is Us’.
Jul 13 2021
#73 Jonathan Baird - Award Winning Money Manage:‘I Have Seen the Enemy and He Is Us’.
Successful trading and investment has never been an easy task, with only very few able to encounter and navigate the turbulent waters of financial markets and remain standing nearly 4 decades later. This week’s guest is one of those few. Jonathan Baird is a Money Manager and writer of the outstanding Global Investment Letter. In his long career (managing primarily international/global equity mutual funds) Jonathan managed three different #1 ranked funds, and has won a prestigious Lipper Award for the best global equity fund in Canada.   Jonathan subscribes to the view that the challenge is the market, but that we ourselves are the real enemy. This underlines his work, with a strong focus on being self-aware, challenging himself, managing himself,  ensuring he aligns his work, his purpose and his personality in a way which is the most productive and effective for himself. Jonathan’s also believes that a high-quality source of independent analysis and opinion can make the process more efficient and lead to better-informed decisions. This has led Jonathan to start and distribute his own outstanding monthly newsletter, the Global Investment Letter, which has become essential reading for thousands of professional investors and money managers. The Global Investment NewsletterWe were attracted to  invite Jonathan as a guest by The Global Investment Newsletter and the outstanding and thought-provoking analysis that he regularly posts on his social media feeds on Linkedin and Twitter.The Global Investment Newsletter is a monthly journal that comments on capital markets around the world. It looks holistically at all aspects of the investment process. This includes providing views on geopolitical trends and their potential impact on markets. In addition, it includes insights on various other topics that may aid investors, such as investment philosophy, risk approach, and book reviews  that are included periodically. It is written in a style that is simple and straight-forward making its content accessible for both the experienced pro and the enthusiastic novice. You can learn more about the letter at this link: also published great content to his social media feeds on LinkedIn and Twitter. These can be found here: Linkedin: