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Chat With Traders is your key to the minds of trading's elite performers. Start listening to learn how a diverse mix of traders went from zero to hero, how they successfully trade markets today, and get their best tips 'n pointers for profitable performance, plus much more. Note: You are responsible for your own trading decisions—this is not financial advice.


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Chat With Traders is your key to the minds of trading's elite performers. Start listening to learn how a diverse mix of traders went from zero to hero, how they successfully trade markets today, and get their best tips 'n pointers for profitable performance, plus much more. Note: You are responsible for your own trading decisions—this is not financial advice.




259: Lukas Frohlich - Executing Agenda Trading Strategy for Stratospheric Returns

Lacking education, mentors or money, Lukas Frohlich, known to many as The Short Bear, became fascinated with financial markets when only 13 years old. Saving everything he could from jobs, he started trading before he could even legally drive a car. He created Youtube and Twitter accounts to share strategies, victories and defeats to help fellow traders improve their game. Obsessed with learning from mistakes, understanding gains and improving his process lead to outrageous gains in 2020 with his Agenda Trading strategy. Changing market conditions propelled Lukas into innovating new strategies quite different from what he started with. His focus, dedication and discipline for self improvement allowed him to branch out in new business areas helping others that go beyond just the trading world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


258: Alexander Moreno - Snowballing Losses and the Courage to Come Clean, Heal & Rebuild

Dedicating significant hours to books and market analysis, Alexander Moreno sought regular counsel from a seasoned trading mentor. After refining his abilities through months of paper trading, he ventured into live trading, reaping consistent profits as planned. This success bolstered his confidence to trade full-time as a livelihood. However, the unforeseen market turbulence in 2008 unleashed his psychological struggles, leading to impulsive trading and ultimately, homelessness. This harrowing experience granted Alexander invaluable insights that he now imparts to others. This might be one of the most important episodes to listen to in a while when it comes to the topic of frank discussion on losses in trading and the practicality of managing risks so that traders can stay in the game long enough to have the opportunity to learn and improve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


257: David Capablanca - Crafting the Art of Shorting Scams

Deep in debt after finishing Architecture school, David Capablanca, originally from Miami and host of the Friendly Bear Podcast, desired an alternative career with independence, freedom and potential for high earnings. Naturally drawn to a contrarian psychology, he zeroed in on short selling. The challenge of uncovering scams through a deep dive into company fundamentals, history of founders and visiting company headquarters overseas on a quest to find clues were the things that energized David and brought his trading approach to a whole other level. Let’s go on a “short” adventure with David today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


256: Louisa Nicola - Supercharging the Brain and Body with Peak Performance Habits

After an accident ended her career as a professional athlete, Louisa Nicola became a Neurophysiologist and human performance coach, in order to understand and share what improves and degrades the brain’s short term performance and long term viability. Adopting certain habits, diets and supplementing with technology can give us traders the edge needed for peak performance and overall mental well-being. Bio Neurophysiologist and human performance coach, Louisa Nicola is the founder and head performance advisor of Neuro Athletics - a consulting firm that boasts the best athletes in the world. By using science driven data from EEG scans, lab tests and cognitive assessments, Louisa has a first class ticket inside the brain of elite NBA and MLB stars. Louisa graduated from the University of Sydney medical school and is currently completing her doctorate studying the effects of resistance exercise on the brain. Louisa serves on the board of Momentous, Tonal, and Klora. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


255: Vincent Bruzzese (aka Hari Seldon) - From Working in Hollywood to Burning the Gambler's Mindset

As a former poker player, heavy gambler, and professor of statistics, and after having had a successful professional career in the movie industry in Hollywood, Vincent Bruzzese (aka Hari Seldon of Real Day Trading group) took his poker skills and expertise on statistical predictive modeling of human behavior and ventured into the world of trading with a goal of finding an edge. But, after blowing up his accounts multiple times, he had to go back to the drawing board and hone his trading skills, mindset, and discipline to become a high probability trader before putting in another dime into the markets. Vincent is an advocate for the small traders, and shares a more holistic and contextual approach to the markets and focuses on following the money which has led to his consistency in day trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


254: Christian Carreon - Kidney Disease, Poverty, and Jail Time to Going All In On the Markets

Growing up poor with kidney disease as an immigrant from Mexico, Christian Carreon’s trauma with health issues and family financial instability resulted in the drive and hunger for financial success and security through redemption in the markets. Despite suffering through physical and emotional pain from his condition, his spirit and determination remained strong. He dove deep into the markets and after trial and error, eventually honed down and refined his systematic approach to a “trading boxes” strategy, which he explains. As an avid student of chart history, he gets comfortable with specific price setups which give him the confidence to go “all in”. Lacking basic day to day health impresses upon him the importance of being grateful in everything he does. In addition to trading using the mentioned "box" strategy, Christian is also the founder of Create Wealth Management where he applies a modified version of that strategy. He also started a private group called Paradigm Shift Trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


253: Patrick Boyle - Lessons from Financial History and False Expectations in the Markets

Patrick is a finance professor, author, quant hedge fund manager and a connoisseur of financial history. As a young investor in Utility stocks, Patrick’s hunger to learn and apply the lessons of financial history helped him to maintain composure during the frenzied bubble market in the late 90’s and avoid most of the losses his colleagues suffered during the blowup. His studiousness, and growing aptitude for finding opportunities, resulted in him making valuable connections with mentors and business partners. His desire to understand history by analyzing data led to building quantitative trading models and eventually launching a quant hedge fund Palomar Capital. This episode is packed with so much rich information, wisdom, and humor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


252: Yvan Byeajee - From Emotional Turbulence to Trading with Composure

Growing up poor with learning difficulties, Yvan Byejee’s early trading failures drove him to understand his own emotional turbulence and instability in the mind through deep inner work. With a heightened sense of mindfulness, he embraced uncertainty and became systematic in his trading to develop an edge. Yvan discovered trading in the late 90s and has been trading for a living since 2006. He struggled and failed his way to eventual consistency and market success over time. He’s the man responsible for the creation of Trading Composure, where he generously shares with traders all over the world his knowledge, experiences, and wisdom of the inner game of trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


251: Kasper Vandeloock - High School Dropout Turned Quant Trader, Entrepreneur (Pre & Post FTX Collapse)

The FTX collapse, arrest of Sam Bankman Fried, and the subsequent collapse of the crypto market opened new opportunities for Kasper Vandeloock, as some players were forced to exit the market. Note: There are 2 parts to this interview. Part 1 was recorded prior to the collapse of the crypto market due to the downfall of FTX. Part 2 (listen right after Part 1) is a follow-up interview with Kasper to get his perspective on the impact of the collapse of FTX and how it impacted his strategies. When Kasper was just 16 years old, he received his first Bitcoin as payment for his programming skills. Intrigued by the emerging opportunities in crypto currencies, he dropped out of high school to dive deep into learning everything he could about this fast-paced new type of finance and medium of exchange. Spotting market inefficiencies in prices between the different exchanges inspired Kasper to write his own programs which took advantage of delta neutral arbitrage opportunities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


250: Sunny Harris - Methodical Day Trader Thrives Through 4 Market Crashes and Still Going Strong

As a highly driven, methodical stock and futures day trader, Sunny Harris didn’t survive the four major market crashes, she thrived through them. A strong believer of technical analysis, back testing, and systematic trading, this vivacious Southern California trader and entrepreneur leveraged her background and skills as a mathematician and programmer to develop and refine her own trading system that she has come to rely on throughout her trading career. Listen to some enlightening and surprising perspectives from Sunny Harris, a mathematician, programmer, author, teacher, mentor, and veteran day trader who is very active in the markets every day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


249: Jack Kellogg - Valet Driver Turns $20K into $11Mil over 6 years After Wipe Out

Starting out juggling multiple jobs as a valet driver, firefighter and entrepreneur, Jack Kellogg at 18 years of age about 6 years ago dreamed of financial freedom, became laser-focused on saving money and learned everything he could about the stock market before turning to penny stocks. Jack's intense drive for success pushed his mental and physical health to unhealthy levels as he managed hundreds of trades, and at times in illiquid, unregulated securities that often saw hundreds of percent increases, quickly followed by spectacular collapses within just a few weeks. This multifaceted discussion takes us inside Jack's journey, which was met with setbacks and struggles, along with wisdom gained earlier than usual for someone so young. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


248: David Sun - Systematic Options Trading - Minimize Risk, Optimize Edge

From Electrical Engineer to Hedge Fund Manager, David Sun, previously on TastyTrade as a Rising Star guest went on to start his first hedge fund in 2018, and then went on to add a second one in 2021. Learn about one of David's concepts applying a systematic approach to Options trading. It has to do with these 3 things; stop losses (which is not common in options trading), how he takes advantage of high implied volatility (IV) - but not in the way most options traders would think, and his approach on managing the win size: loss size ratio, all to manage risk exposure and optimize edge. Looking for actionable ideas to explore? Then this is a must-listen-to episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


247: Djamal Adib - Stop Loss Hunting and Dancing with the Smart Money in Forex Trading

It's about time we have a discussion on Forex Trading, but this is not your average Forex Trading discussion. Some Forex traders may be unaware of how stop loss hunting and market manipulation is done by the smart money. Like many Forex traders, ex-stockbroker Djamal Adib experienced early losses which compelled him to study the inner workings of Forex trading, and how stop loss orders are hunted by the smart money. Djamal spent four years pouring over thousands of charts patterns of different time periods and programmed his carefully back tested algorithms resulting in him winning an international Forex competition. He shares his enthusiasm and much wisdom of the opportunities and dangers of trading Forex and why you need an edge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


246: Uri Klarman - Thought Provoking Opportunities in DeFi with Crypto Tech Wizard

Seeing the great potential and opportunities available in decentralized finance and the crypto currency universe, Uri Klarman left academia with a PHD in computer networks and later specialized in Blockchain research. He started a company that would help crypto traders avoid the front running flash traders which had plagued Wall Street for years. Uri shares his contagious excitement and passion combined with his in depth knowledge about the history, technology and benefits of decentralized finance and crypto currencies which many feel that traditional markets cannot match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


245: Jason Shapiro - The Mind of a Tape Reading Contrarian Trader

Jason Shapiro has been a trader for 30 years and was interviewed in the Unknown Market Wizards book by Jack Schwager. From early on Jason was a rebel who avoided group think and sought out contrarian trading opportunities in overhyped, or deeply oversold stocks and commodities. Blessed by early trading successes, Jason retired to a beach in Thailand in the late 90’s and traded his account full time only to experience tragedy less than a year later. The painful lessons he learned drove him to give up his opinions about markets and instead listen to what the market is saying by becoming a great market tape reader. You’ll hear how Jason finds great trading opportunities through a combination of weekly trader reports, media commentary and news events to put on his contrarian trades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


244: Ian Cox – From Stocks to Options to Crypto - New Host Joins CWT

Ian Cox, new host from Seattle, Washington joins Tessa on Chat With Traders. Trading and investing since the mid-90s, Ian eventually worked his way towards success which afforded him early retirement, financial and time freedom. Of course it wasn't all smooth sailing as you'll learn in this interview. It never is. Passionate about the financial markets, Ian continues to expand his horizons by continuing to stay curious, learn and grow, even as a veteran trader. He currently still trades stocks and options, but Crypto is what really captivates him these days. Learn more about Ian in a special interview that originally aired in early May on an episode from the Affirmations for Traders Podcast hosted by Tessa earlier in the year, and brought to you again right here on Chat With Traders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


243: Moritz Seibert – Extreme Edge: Exploiting a Structural Inefficiency

This episode won’t be for everyone… It contains no chatter about how to read charts, how to pick the direction of stocks, or even, how to handle your trading psyche. However, for some, this episode will spin minds and bend preconceived notions about trading. It shines a spotlight on what happens should you uncover a structural inefficiency that can be exploited, as was the case with today’s guest Moritz Seibert. Many know of Moritz as a trend following guy and someone with vested interests in the crypto market, but (almost) no one knows he was once arbitraging warrants on Germany’s DAX. It was an extreme edge, and he traded it rigorously for three years. Moritz has never publicly spoken about the arbitrage, until now! Over the course of this recap, he details all aspects: the market, the inefficiency, the trade, and the—inevitable—decay. To read the assisting article by Moritz: Click here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


242: Kris Sidial - Volatility Shocks: Positioning for Convex Payouts

Today, we’re talking volatility with Kris Sidial, Chief Investment Officer at The Ambrus Group. His funds’ primary objective is to make outsized returns in the event of a market crash, and it therefore serves as a portfolio hedge for investors with heavily weighted long exposure. Kris tells of his prop trading roots, before going on to explain the long vol trade and positioning to profit from tail risk events. He also speaks to the other side of the equation; generating absolute returns in the meantime, via active trading strategies. There’s a lot to unpack here, but Kris does a tremendous job in explaining strategies and risk management approaches that’ll leave you with ideas to ponder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


241: Jimmy Jude – The Rough ‘n Tumble Life of a Merc Jerk

This episode consists of an extremely raw and unfiltered interview with veteran derivatives trader and self-proclaimed Merc Jerk, Jimmy Jude. As we rewind to the early 90’s, Jimmy relives the rough 'n tumble of CME’s Eurodollar options pit. Telling of power struggles, immense risk taking, and wisdoms gained from his peers. Jimmy also recounts some of the more notable—and chaotic—events he’s witnessed, such as; being front row to an $8-billion blow up in Nat Gas, when trading on the NYMEX floor. Then to finish, I ask Jimmy a few things about his way of trading nowadays; working structures on the VIX curve and E-mini futures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


240: John Carter – MORE Aggressive Trading, MORE Million-Dollar Wins

Returning guest and options veteran John Carter has become increasingly aggressive with his trading tactics, and as a result, has booked a multitude of large profits during the past few years. In this sequel to the popular Episode 69, John speaks on having surpassed the career milestone of 30-years trading—and how it’s groomed him to maximize recent market opportunities that’ve been present. More specifically, John recaps a mega options trade ahead of GOOGL earnings, then proceeds to address; trading psychology, taking a holistic approach, navigating markets in 2022, favoring tangible assets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit