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Love the trade: How passion gives you the edge with John Netto

If anyone was born to trade it’s John Netto, a cross-asset class trader and author of The Global Macro Edge. In high school he provided the ‘liquidity’ for sports betting. In the Marines he learnt discipline. On the markets, he discovered his super power - versatility. That’s why he’s called the Protean trader. John talks to the Artful Trader about his complex strategies, including the famous Netto Numbers, his love of the game and his recipe for alchemy - outlining how he turns problems...


Back to the Futures: Trading through time with veteran Jake Bernstein

Jake Bernstein built his impressive trading career in the Futures market. Over five decades of trading, he’s lived through it all, the booms, the crashes, but always sticking to a strict set of rules and methodologies. Jake was an early adopter of new technology, asking a former college roommate to build him a computer program that could forecast prices in the 70s! He’s shared his secrets to success or ‘rules’ in more than 40 books on trading practices, futures markets and the psychology of...


The world is an oil painting: What can we learn from energy expert Anas Alhajji.

Having grown up on a petrol station, Anas Alhajji feels homesick when he smells gasoline. Now he’s one of the most sought-after energy economists and commentators on the oil markets. Anas Alhajji talks to the Artful Trader about the geo-political events that affect oil prices. Will US sanctions be able to stop Iran from exporting oil and are we headed for another oil crisis? Anas thinks so and has some tips for what traders can do to protect themselves. Anas...


Playing the cards you're dealt - the art of decision making with ex poker pro Annie Duke

As a champion ex-poker player, Annie Duke turned decision making into an art form. With a background in cognitive psychology, the card table became Annie Duke’s real-time lab where she could study uncertainty, recognise cognitive bias and also win a few million. Annie talks to The Artful Trader about her new book, “Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All The Facts”, which teaches decision-making skills and explains how to get comfortable with...


Pot luck? Cashing in on medical marijuana markets with James Helliwell

Will medical marijuana be the next bitcoin? In this episode - why green is the new black - James Helliwell explains with forensic detail how he profited early by investing in the hardware around medical marijuana. He also talks about how he was able to remove himself from the herd and see the potential and the pitfalls of Bitcoin. As Chief Investment Strategist at the Lex Van Dam Trading Academy and an early adopter, James discusses his need for a vision, a rigorous investigation strategy...


Losing your Barings - Lessons from the original rogue trader Nick Leeson

In trading and markets, pain is a great teacher. So what does it feel like to lose everything? To bring down a two-centuries old Merchant bank? The Artful Trader’s Michael McCarthy sat down with Nick Leeson, the original rogue trader, whose unchecked risk taking caused the collapse of Barings Bank in the biggest financial scandal of the 20th Century. In this episode, Nick Leeson describes the process of soul searching while in prison, rebuilding his life and how he now shares lessons about...


The Artful Trader - Series 2

The Artful Trader podcast returns... with even more renowned names from the trading world. In Series 2, we talk to guests including the original rogue trader, Nick Leeson, and ex-poker champion, Annie Duke. Each episode reveals a fascinating story about what drives these experts and how they have shaped the history of trading forever.


Can AI outperform the raw art form of trading with Graham O'Brien

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 an increasing risk, and a millisecond’s difference in...


Applying the science of psychology to the art of trading with Brett Steenbarger

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...


The Trading Story. Behind the finance news with Ticky Fullerton

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...


Crafting your own bespoke trading style with Jack Schwager

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...


A pioneer's journey to the top with Peter Cruddas

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...


The Aim of the Game. Trading like an athlete with Linda Raschke

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 CMC Markets Michael McCarthy step by step through her training...


Lose, Lose, Lose... Win! The 7 year itch with Ray Barros

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 CMC Markets Michael McCarthy and generously shares his biggest piece of advice. Go to the podcast show notes at for an...


Around the World in 80 Trades with Raoul Pal

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 CMC Markets 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...


Introducing The Artful Trader

Successful traders strive to make measured, strategic decisions – but what really goes on in the minds of the experts behind the trade? In this original series, we talk to the traders who’ve been through it all - big wins, losses and everything in between. Join us as we unlock the secrets behind the highs and lows of the industry’s experts, and discover their journey to mastering the art of the financial markets.