Better System Trader 2nd Interview:


Andrew Swanscott has one of the best podcasts on trading out there. He has brilliantly interviewed world trading champions, legends such as Van Tharp, Larry Williams, Jerry Parker, Perry Kaufman etc. In each episode, there is a nugget of wisdom. One word of caution though: Better System Trader is more addictive than chocolate.BetterSystemTrader

It was an honour to be interviewed on episode 32.

With the recent “soft patch” in global markets, Andrew decided it was time to catch up and go deeper into topics such as psychology. Markets are stressful on the long side already. On the short side, pressure is something else entirely.

Thank You very much for all the questions and comments on the website. If You have questions You would like to ask on the podcast, please go to the link below:


Topics covered this time will probably be:

  1. How to improve your trading edge ? (This is a question from a reader, thank You). A post will follow shortly
  2. Sherlock Vs the Red Queen: why people fail at short selling ? You will understand the trappings in which people coming from the Long side fall. This topic has never been approached from a statistical perspective.
  3. The psychology of Stop Loss: did You notice that your desk is cleaner when You can’t close a bad trade ? We all know that cutting losses and riding winners is the key to success. We will go through evolutionary psychology, affective neurosciences. We will teach You how to reframe stop loss and trade like a psychopath
  4. Jedi trading: if You want to be the iceman on the trading floor and if You want to switch from fight, freeze or flight syndrome to flow state in less than 2 minutes, then practice this technique
  5. if we have time: why You should not be afraid of this bear market, Einstein and monkeys and the importance of Chuck Norris


4 replies
    • lbernut says:

      Thank You Al Joe,

      This is very kind of You.

      How can i help You ?

      What are your sticking points ?

      Once again, thanks for your message,


    • lbernut says:

      Hello Juan,

      The first installment of the interview happened as the market was tanking. It was discarded because of poor audio quality. At that time, there was a lot of chattering on the bear market, central bankers out of ammo and so on.

      Back in 2007, I predicted 2008. This is a super funny story if ever You are interested. I actually didn’t remember my prediction until someone repeated it back to me (it was a christmas party and champagne was … abundant)

      Since then every time there is a “soft patch”, central bankers fly to the rescue of the markets. They believe that the best cure for hangovers is free shots on the house.
      This time is no different, they are experimenting on a global scale something untested. I got badly hurt in that squeeze too. So, no, there is no reason to be afraid. And if all fails, they have Chuck Norris on speed dial.
      Now, even Chuck Norris’s track record is afraid of Chuck Norris, because he beats his own track record senseless. So, when Chuck Norris is appointed chariman of the FED, he will beat the grizzliest bear market.

      When asked about World War III, Einstein replied: “i do not know what they will fight WW III with. I do know however that WW IV will be fought with clubs and sticks and stones”

      The problem is not this bear market. The problem is once CHuck retires to his ranch after saving the world (again), that he goes back to sowing and knitting, then what ?
      One day, they will ear a deaf click and it will stop working. That is one thing to have some brakes or something to slow the descent, that is something else to have nothing that works anymore.

      Bottom line, I am worried about the bear market after this one when no conventional, unconventional, experimental tools work anymore.

      This time around, when they unleash global stimulus orgy, I would buy stupid stuff like because anything will rally, but then…

      Thanks for spotting this, much appreciated comment


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