Audio Archives

Friday, April 18, 2014

Economics professor at the International University of Geneva joins Merlin and John for a look at some of the problems plaguing Europe and the UK. Dr. Hollenbeck talks about the deflation paranoia, and why it’s not such a bad thing! He also offers listeners access to his extensive series of articles on macroeconomics.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Merlin and guests have talked many times on the shenanigans that 401k providers are pulling on investors, generally in the form of ridiculous fees. ProActive investing master, Paul Orme joins Merlin for a look at several recent lawsuits against these firms and their elevated fees. The duo talks about the importance of knowing your investments, and being active in their management. Just a 1.25% savings over the course of a workers career can add up to over $100,000! Take control now!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Merlin hosts a show solo and answers a bunch of listener questions. Several listeners sent in questions retarding patterns, so Merlin takes a look at Broadening formations on the QQQ and an inverse head and shoulders on the AUDUSD. Later, he tackles a question on the Dollar index and how it is applied to anticipate market moves. He also looks at the Yen for potential trading opportunities and directional analysis.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Markets regained their footing, stopping the significant slide from the second half of last week. Joann Farley, the glue that keeps the XLT program running smoothly, joins Merlin for a look at some of the stellar calls that have been happening in the live trading rooms and offer her thoughts on where she thinks they are headed. Later, Joann welcomes a new group of students to Online Trading Academy with a tour of some of the free resources available to everyone, as well as some of the tools available only to Online Trading Academy students.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Economist Robert Murphy joins John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld for a look at how the Government is wrecking the economy. Mr. Murphy is also teaching a class starting in 2 weeks on the subject, viewers can find out more here:

He also gives away his book: Lessons for the Young Economist. This broadcast is the first from the brand new studio and world headquarters for Online Trading Academy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Creator of Online Trading Academy’s Real Estate investment course, Diana Hill, joins Merlin for a look at what is trending in the housing market. One interesting is urban development of big cities catering to the younger generation who don’t want rural living. Diana also talks about when is the best time to consider selling your home to get the greatest return on investment.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Vix spiked up and has dropped 20% in 2 days! Clearly a sign of the times and what the year holds in store for everyone! Steve Moses, joins Merlin for a look at how to take advantage of current markets through the use of Options. Steve answers listeners questions about the Greeks and the various strategies that one could use to capitalize on the volatility.


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Veteran floor trader on the CME, Tres Knippa joins Merlin and John to look at the mountain of debt that Japan has accumulated as well as its inability to pay it off. This presents several trading opportunities which are discussed amongst the trio. Tres also offers listeners a free subscription to his newsletter highlighting the situation in Japan.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Professor Walter Block joins Merlin and John to talk about the recent riff between Mr.Block and the New York Times, who recently ran an article using quotes totally out of context. The trio discuss how the media regularly tweaks stories and interviews to get more sensationalism and sell more copies! Later, the debate about inflation and deflationary pressures is discussed.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Managing Director at WindRock Wealth Management, Chris Casey, joins Merlin and John for a look at the current markets with a focus on asset selection and the fed’s roll. Chris looks at potential inflation problems for the markets going forward and offers some suggestions as to where might be appealing to invest in these volatile markets.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Merlin is joined by Master trader/investor, Tillie Allison for a look at elevated levels in the markets. Tillie brings free copies of her DVD; “How to Retire with More Money Than You Need”, which is given away to all callers during the show at 888-304-8723. Tillie discusses new changes to the ProActive Investor portfolios which now includes 3 different objectives.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Record highs for the S&P 500 are sure to bring in new bullish buyers, is it a bull trap? Master trader and instructor, Gabe Velasquez joins Merlin for a look at current markets and where they may be headed. The duo answer many listener questions pertaining to Trade Plans, silver, S&P and much more!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

4 years ago, Merlin taught his last ProTrader class in Seattle, and one if the students was taking his first Online Trading Academy class. Jody Wong spent the next 4 years working hard to be a better trader and has how become an instructor at Online Trading Academy. Jody talks about his progression and shares some of his major learning lessons with listeners. Jody and Merlin also take a look at US dollar, Aussie dollar and much more.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The day after 60 minutes ran a piece on how the stock markets are rigged, everyone was talking about as if nobody knew! Truth is, the markets have been rigged since inception! That said, traders and investors can achieve great returns by having a plan and following rules, regardless of the ominous HFT firms. Merlin invites John O’Donnell back to discuss this topic and the evolution of the financial markets.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Professor of Economics at Grove City College, Shawn Ritenour, joins Merlin and John for a look at the truth behind economic data and the current macro market picture. Dr. Ritenour spent time working for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and sheds some light on what is really behind the numbers, and the problem with relying on that data. Later, the trio take a look at the feds current actions as well as the nature of lower prices. Merlin also announces the LAST gold coin winner!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Traders make tons of mistakes throughout their careers! We posted a question to our social media sites asking: What are the 2 most common mistakes investors make”, and we received a lot of great responses. Zenobia, Online Trading Academy’s social media queen, runs through the responses and Merlin rates them, applying many personal experiences before finally revealing the true answer. Have questions? You can always use social media to get in touch with us!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Having recently won the Trader Planet award for best trading book, Debbie joins Merlin to talk about her success as an author. Discussion quickly turns to the current markets and a post on Debbie’s social media site calling for a reversal and a sharp move down in the markets. That was a week ago! Merlin and Debbie also look at what makes women better traders then men and the markets longstanding stereotype that trading is for men only.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 currency strategist, Ilya Spivak joins Merlin for a look at the currency markets and where trading opportunities may be hiding! Ilya talks about basked trading, which allows traders to trade a group of currencies at once to spread risk. Later the duo talk about the potential weaknesses in the Euro, and the possibility of a bullish phase for the US Dollar going forward!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Markets continue the slide from Friday’s session, with special on the NASDAQ! Scott Greer joins Merlin for a look at some of the significant factors moving the markets and where they see trading opportunities going forward. Scott shares with listeners a little from his class he has been teaching this week in Irvine California.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Redmond Weissenberger, Director of Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, joins John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld for a look at a wide variety of topics including the Fed, , Socialism, Health care, housing markets, trading partners, and how Austrian Economics impacts markets. Merlin also announces the latest gold coin winner and reminds listeners, that they have until midnight on Friday (21st) to get their forecasts in for the final gold coin giveaway. Enter at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Does the new fed chairman, Janet Yellen, have an impact on the long term portfolio holders? Former CBOT floor trader, Erick Ochotnicki, joins Merlin for a look at how the dreaded “F” word, (Fundamentals!) should play into your decision making as a longer term investor. This ties into those traders calling the tops and setting bias portfolios which stand to lose significant amounts of capital if those tops are not put in yet! Eric shares some of the philosophy of the ProActive Investor course which presently holds a long bias, and is using options to generate higher rates of return.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As Janet Yellen’s comments added a new dose of volatility across all assets Wednesday, focus begins to shift to more macroeconomic issues that may drive markets further. Veteran floor trader at CME, Bill Henner joins Merlin for a look at the impact of a variety of economic reports including Interest rates, GDP, SPI Unemployment and more to get feel as to which are becoming more important with today’s statements.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fresh off a Forex class in Dubai and regular appearances in the XLT program, Bachir joins Merlin for a look at the currency markets for trading opportunities. They begin by looking at some of the advantages foreign traders have over US traders with regards to margin limits, a double edged sword! Later the duo looks at the Yen, Pound, Euro and much more.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dr. Woody Johnson, Author of “From Pain To Profit: Secrets of the Peak Performance Trader”, and trader coach joins Merlin to help answer several listener questions regarding trading problems. Issues range from fear and greed, establishment of discipline, mindset for setting stops and much more. The duo talk about Woody’s new Clubhouse sessions and XLT appearances.

Friday, March 14, 2014

President of Sprott US Holdings, Rick Rule joins Merlin and John for a look at the commodities market and what it is telling us about the economy. The trip talk about Gold, platinum, palladium, zinc, copper, natural gas, oil, water and much more. Tune in and find out which of these commodities are trading at values which are less than the cost of production! You can view Sprott Global’s free newsletter here:

Merlin also announces the latest gold coin winner. Get your bids in, only 2 more coins to give away!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Renowned High Frequency Guru, Haim Bodek joins Merlin for a look at the current status of the exchanges with regard to HFT. Haim points out a massive loophole that has allowed exchanges to offer elite order routing functionality to the most active HFT firms, which skirts around rules the SEC has put in place to make the markets fair. Haim also takes a look at the unbelievable results of HFT firm Virtu and points out why they are doing as good as they are, but there are bigger fish in that sea! Tune in and catch up on the complex world of the quants!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Robert Blumen joins John and Merlin for a look at his most recent article “Say’s Law and the Permanent Recession”. The trio discuss the thought of our economy being in a recessionary state since 2000, and why it is apparently stuck there. More importantly, solutions are looked at to help restore the economy to its full potential.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Having been actively involved in the financial markets for over 24 years, Tim Pesut has a tremendous amount of experience to share with listeners!  Tim shares his evolution as a trader and then helps Merlin analyze several currency pairs for listeners. Tim points out the current demise in copper and how it might trigger other currencies and markets to nosedive as well!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alone on the show, Merlin takes the opportunity to answer many listener questions that he has not been able to get to over the past week. This show has a little of everything! From Currencies, to Bill Ackman, technical indicators to multiple time frame analysis, Futures, Gold and much more! Tune in and see if your question was answered!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Senior Fellow at, Dr. Mark Thornton joins Merlin and John O’Donnell for a look at the growing currency war as well as the battle for natural resources around the world. These events are leading to some great trading opportunities across multiple asset classes including futures, equities and Currencies. Merlin also announces the latest gold coin winner.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In a rare studio appearance, Online Trading Academy instructor of the year 2103, Jose Blasco joins Merlin to help listeners with their trading questions. Merlin and Jose talk about measuring progress as a trader and what steps can be taken to help overcome losses in the beginning. Later the duo focuses on the use of technical indicators and their utility in trading as well as the outlook for the overall market.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Last time Jeff was on the show, he forecasted a 1150 point decline in the Dow over 34 days, it fell 1250 in 36 days! What was he using to forecast this market action, and more importantly, where does it anticipate markets going from here? Tune in and find out! Jeff also talks about his Extended Learning Track classes which have been having some great trading experiences!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Charlie Bathgate and Anand Sanghvi of join Merlin for a look at traders psychology and the importance of understanding what goes on in your brain. The Trio talk about a program they are working on with UCLA Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Hill which will allow traders the opportunity to test their brains while trading. This groundbreaking study will shed some light into each traders personal strengths and weaknesses as traders and much more! Anand also talks about the psychology of running a hedge fund vs. trading a personal account.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Global tensions escalate and sends the markets for a loop around the world! Bill Henner joins Merlin for a look at the current market nervousness and where the good market plays are. Bill takes a look at interest rate instruments for potential shorting opportunities as rates reach even lower. Bill and Merlin take a look at the AUDNZD for a listener looking for the best demand level, and finally talk about sharing of knowledge through the XLT program at Online Trading Academy.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Markets ended on a sour note, but not after posting some great gains for the week. John O’Donnell joins Merlin from Los Angeles where he was doing a grand opening event. The duo talk about the current market highs and overall market trajectory. Merlin takes a look at bitcoins and gold as a listener brings up the topic of market manipulation of the US Dollar and other assets. The latest gold coin winner is also announced.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Several listeners send in their portfolio positions for analysis and feedback. Merlin enlists the help of Scott McCormick to go over these portfolios and help offer solutions to make them more efficient. Scott also talks about the benefit of using Exchange Traded Funds instead of Mutual Funds as most investors seem to be still using the most expensive option! How does your portfolio stack up?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Merlin hosts the show solo and answers many listener questions. Questions range from use of The various dollar indexes, trading afterhours with ECNs, managing risk with stop losses and much more. Tune in and see if your questions were answered!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

President of PFS Group, James Puplava, joins Merlin and John O’Donnell for a look at the macro perspective of the market and how his advisory team use a hybrid of Fundamental and technical analysis to manage clients money for the long term. Mr. Puplava also shares his experiences as an Online Trading Academy student and why he is currently retaking his class to further his perspective of the financial markets.


Monday, February 24, 2014

22 year floor trading veteran, Marty Dim joins Merlin for a look at current market volatility and what it implies for the markets going forward. Marty definitely sees volatility increasing this year, but direction is clouded by many factors. Listener questions about Supply and Demand prompt a discussion on the use of Options and Marty’s current trading activity.

Friday, February 21, 2014

John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld welcome newly elected President of the Mises Institute, Jeff Deist to Power Trading Radio. Jeff talks about his new role and what the Mises Institute’s goals are. The show focuses on several themes, including the current economic situation, alternative currency methods, and politicians who share an Austrian Economic friendly view of the markets. Merlin also announces the latest gold coin winner.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Over the past month, many questions have come in via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other sources. Queen of Social Media, Zenobia, joins Merlin for a show dedicated to those who interact with us online. Merlin talks a lot about trading Psychology and the perils of falling in love with a security, and how to eliminate the emotional aspect of trading. Did your questions get answered? Tune in and find out!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

As markets reach historic highs, many traders are looking for a more defensive approach to these levels and a potential pullback. Master instructor, Brandon Wendell joins Merlin to look at ways to trade these markets and how to use multiple assets to help gain a greater understanding of where things may be headed. The duo also takes a look at multiple time frame analysis and a recent upgrade by Goldman Sachs on ACT. This ties right into Brandon’s recent Lessons from the Pros article about the so called trading Gurus.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Master trader, Michelle Volmering joins Merlin to talk about her recent XLT lesson, where nearly every level she called out was a hit, creating tremendous trading opportunities to the attendees. Michelle and Merlin take a look current market volatility and talk about changes that should be made to accommodate this volatility. Later Michelle offers her insights on where these markets are headed.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Laws change, moods change, times change! These changes present tremendous opportunities across the financial market for savvy investors. Socionomics expert, Euan Wilson joins the show to talk to John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld about social mood and its impact on financial markets. A great example is the current support for the legalization of marijuana across the United States. This change in social mood has created a boom that was forecasted by Euan and others several years back. Tune in to find out more about this paradigm shift in American mood! John and Merlin also announce the latest gold coin winner!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Portfolio evaluation has been popular on the show recently, so Russ Allen and Merlin take a look at a Twitter question about a simple Roth IRA portfolio. A simple analysis reveals many problems, that the vast majority of investors suffer from. The duo evaluate the holdings and offer more attractive alternatives. They also handle several other listeners questions pertaining to Options and trading taxation concerns.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Market volatility has picked up over the past couple weeks, creating great opportunities for skilled options traders. Matt Gildea is one such trader! He joins Merlin for a look at how volatility has been impacting his trades and teaching. This ties directly to the Vix and its historical action, which Matt trades frequently! The duo also take several live listener questions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chief Currency Strategist at, john Kicklighter joins Merlin for a look at a variety of currency pairs, after analyzing the current macroeconomic picture. The duo begins by breaking down Janet Yellen’s testimony and its impact for global markets, then migrate into the British Pound and their key announcements for tomorrow’s trading session. John also offers some analysis on the Euro, Yen Kiwi and Aussie dollar.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The equity markets continued their positive tone from the end of last week, with slight gains on the major indexes. Brandon Tristan joins Merlin for a look at what has been happening in the XLT rooms, and highlighting some great calls from himself and his peers. Brandon talks about some current ProPicks and market matrix, promoting them as great tools to help traders learn quicker and create discipline.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Professor Peter Klein joins John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld for a look at the pressing macro issues facing the markets including, Obamacare, unemployment, minimum wage increase and much more. These events present trading opportunities and the trio attempts to find out where! Later John and Merlin announce the latest gold coin winner and their nomination for best Podcast.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In response to a listeners request, Merlin and Darek break down his 401k portfolio and find some serious problems! The vast majority of investors are victim to this problem as well! Tune in to find out what this abundant problem is, and how to fix it. Darek and Merlin show great visual examples and offer resources for investors to do their own analysis to see if their portfolios are at risk.

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