Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Aug 31, 2012

My guest today is Courtney Smith, a trader, author, money manager, educator, and speaker. Smith has been trading for forty-plus years. He's written seven books and is a frequent commentator on television.

The topic is trading.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Smith's start, and his experiences with trend trading and Richard Donchian's systems (and the experience of testing these systems on computers in the mid-70s)
  • Today's climate for trading, and how it compares to what times felt like in the 1970's
  • The psychological components to trading systems
  • The importance of speculators (and why they're often unfairly put in the position as a political whipping-boy)
  • "Hope" in the marketplace
  • Drawdowns
  • How "markets are markets"
  • High frequency trading
  • The informational value of studying track records
  • The idea of being "flat" in the market
  • The importance of ignoring television
  • Trading methods that should be avoided

Jump in!


I’m MICHAEL COVEL, the host of TREND FOLLOWING RADIO, and I’m proud to have delivered 10+ million podcast listens since 2012. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trend following are all passionately explored and debated on my show.

To start? I’d like to give you a great piece of advice you can use in your life and trading journey… cut your losses! You will find much more about that philosophy here:

You can watch a free video here:

Can’t get enough of this episode? You can choose from my thousand plus episodes here:

My social media platforms:
Twitter: @covel
Facebook: @trendfollowing
LinkedIn: @covel
Instagram: @mikecovel

Hope you enjoy my never-ending podcast conversation!