Audio Archives

Trading Success with Joann Farley

John and Joann Farley discuss what makes for a successful business and why Online Trading Academy meets those requirements and so much more.

Austrian Capital Theory

Baylor University professor Dr. Peter Klein is the Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Mises Instituteis. Peter and John O’Donnell discuss the topic on why zero interest rates pushed by Central Banks do not make sound economic sense according to Austrian capital theory. We discuss why independent capital and voluntary price discovery by the market are the foundation of capitalism, not government intervention into the capital markets led by Central Banks. The duo discuss why the digital  disruptive  online education space is growing in both the for profit and nonprofit education spaces.

K-12 Homeschool Markets and Disruptive Trends

John & Dr. Gary North discuss K-12 homeschool markets and the disruptive trends in tech to reduce college tuition costs.

Mises Institute Mainstream vs Austrian Economics

John & Jeff Deist, Mises Institute mainstream vs Austrian economics, college federal loan scams for-profit education space

Weekend Edition With John O'Donnell & Tim Blotzer

Weekend Edition With John O'Donnell & Tim Blotzer

Q&A with Merlin Rothfeld

With no guest on the show today, Merlin takes the time to answer several listener questions on topics ranging from market scanning & Filtering, Fed actions and following in the footsteps of the Big Market guru’s.


Choosing the Right Options with Steve Moses

Several listeners sent in questions regarding which option to select when setting up a trade. Veteran trader, Steve Moses, joins Merlin to help shed some light on the topic, and several others!

Listener Questions with Ryan Watkins

One of the Original Online Trading Academy students, Ryan Watkins, joins Merlin on set to answer several questions from his followers on social media. Ryan has worked very hard over the past 20 years to hone his trading skills and offers some guidance for traders. Questions range from market timing, algorithms, Gold, and zone reading.

Defensive Planning with Sean Reed

Financial advisors are constantly urging investors to Diversify, but most are not diversified at all! Merlin welcomes trader & investor Sean Reed to the studio to talk about what True Diversification is, and what it attempts to achieve. They also answer some listener questions on commodities, particularly gold and silver.

Pension Tension with John O'Donnell

John and Merlin take a hard look at the failing pension plans system in the us and discuss options for securing your “Plan B” in life. Later, the look at the growing powerhouse in the “Sphere of Influence”, and what it means for our markets and country going forward.

Generating Income with Tillie Allison

Master Trader & Investor, Tillie Allison, joins Merlin to talk about how she is currently using options to generate monthly income for her portfolio. Tillie talks about some of her trials and tribulations she experienced on her way to trading success, and why it’s important for new traders to be part of a community.

Q & A with Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin catches up on a recent influx of listener questions on many topics, including: where the markets are headed next, Money management, and establishing trading rules.

Currency Markets with Brandon Tristan

Merlin and Brandon discuss the importance of journaling & trade analysis as a method of improvement. Something that many traders do not do! Later, they look at the Canadian dollar and British Pound for setups and trading opportunities.

7 Habits if Successful Traders with Roger Best

Listener, Lex, just read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and wanted to know if there is something similar for Traders. Roger Best and Merlin Rothfeld run down 7 items that they have observed over the past 20 years which are common amongst the successful traders they know.

Talking with the Ambassador

Merlin and John look at the news behind the major selloff that occurred Friday, and how it may seep over to Monday’s trading session. They also look at several charts pertaining to jobs data for August and the emergence of Fintech. A sector of the economy growing by leaps and bounds, and offering great trading opportunities.

Proactive Investing with Sam Seiden

For the first time, investors and traders across the nation will be able to get live perspective on the market from experienced professional traders. "Power Trading Radio" is aimed at an audience that wants to improve its edge through active participation whether the market is moving up, down or sideways. In addition to stocks, topics will include foreign exchange, options and wealth management.

Picking Bottoms & Tops with Michael Young

Long time floor trader, Michael Young, discusses the pitfalls of trying to pick tops & bottoms rather than wait for the market to confirm a top or bottom. The duo looks at many psychological factors for the current market trend and historical factors which support it.

The Yellen Put with David Warner

Veteran currency trader, David Warner joins Merlin on set to talk about the fed’s propping up of the markets and its impact on currencies. The duo analyze charts on the Euro, Pound, Yen, Oil, Aussie Dollar and much more!

Mapping the Trade with Larry Jacobson

When he is not building amazing resources to help the Online Trading Academy students achieve their financial goals, Larry is Trading! He joins Merlin on set to talk about his recent trades and how he maps out each step to help remove emotions and making bad trades. This “Recipe” keeps him focused on 9 key points of data.

Automation with Craig Weil

Long time floor trader, Craig Weil, joins Merlin to talk about how automation plays a part in his trading, and how it can help remove emotional calls. Merlin and Craig look at simple steps, such as stop losses, and work up to bracket orders and OCO’s with examples of how and why the work.

Options Strategies with Matt Gildea

Options master, Matt Gildea, joins Merlin on set to talk about how he has been trading and traveling for the past 16 years. While it has allowed him to travel the world, it also has some pitfalls which he shares with listeners. They also look at different options strategies, including Iron Condors.

Listener Questions with Merlin Rothfeld

Alone in studio, Merlin addresses many listener questions on topics ranging from the intraday chart of Gilead Sciences, Options trades on Hershey’s, mechanics of market crashes and using market data to short insurance companies!

The Interest Rate Debate

Janet Yellen stoked the interest rate debate Friday morning, creating big waves in the markets. John and Merlin take a look at the current interest rate environment, and how it may be shaping up for the rest of the year. They also look at the fed’s role and how they have been dropping the ball with regards to their mandate.

Income Using Real Estate with Diana Hill

Real Estate expert, Diana Hill, joins Merlin to talk about different uses and goals for real estate. They look at a couple listener questions which focus on creating a solid income stream renting out multi-family homes and the flaws of the popular fix-n-flip TV shows!

Spot vs. Futures with Gabe Velazquez

Many are confused with the differences between spot and futures markets! Gabe Velazquez joins Merlin to help listeners determine which market is best for their trading and investing needs. The duo also take a look at the gold market for trading opportunities.

Eye on the Hole with Tim Pesut

Jackson Hole that is! Volatility and liquidity have been seeping out of the markets, leaving a listless low movement market. Time Pesut joins Merlin to talk about this market normality and why it’s all about to change! Janet Yellen and some of the most powerful bankers may make statements in the coming days which can create significant market moves!

Market Breakdown with Scott McCormick

Scott joins Merlin to talk about his most recent B.E.C.C. report, highlighting current market trends. They look at several market relationships which offer clues to current & future direction. They also look at several currency pairs for listeners.

Technology Innovations

Merlin and John usher in the weekend with a look at more technology innovations which are taking more jobs from the average worker. The look at the continuation of this trend as well as some trading opportunities created by it. John also answers some listener questions regarding bonds and bond investments.

Currency Markets With Reginald Ringgold

Reginald shares his thoughts on current market volatility, which has been much higher than your traditional summer doldrums! Merlin and Reginald look at the Eurusd, Usdjpy, the dollar index to evaluate correlation aspects and potential trading opportunities.

Developing Routines

For the first time, investors and traders across the nation will be able to get live perspective on the market from experienced professional traders. "Power Trading Radio" is aimed at an audience that wants to improve its edge through active participation whether the market is moving up, down or sideways. In addition to stocks, topics will include foreign exchange, options and wealth management.

Currency Wars with David Warner

Central banks around the world are slashing rates, and many are dipping into negative territory. David Warner joins Merlin to talk about the escalating currency war and what trading opportunities it is presenting. The duo looks at the Yen, Pound, US & New Zealand dollar to help answer listener questions.

Staying the Course with Tillie Allison

Merlin welcomes Tillie Allison to the show to talk about how investors should approach the bullish market, and the risks they should be willing to encounter. The duo also look at 401k questions from listeners, including early withdrawals and the utilization of margin.

Bond Yields Drop and Prices Rise

As bond yields drop, prices are on a solid uptrend! Is this the new normal? John O’Donnell joins Merlin Rothfeld for a look at many charts which might shed some clarity on this confusing topic! The duo also discuss factors which may further push up equity market prices! Finally, the look at a recent report illustrating that 50% of jobs in America will be lost to robots in the next 20 years! Scared? You should be!

Trading Day Roundup with Larry Jacobson

Online Trading Academy’s Director of Student Services, Larry Jacobson, joins Merlin for a look at several of the long term trades he has taken, and the logic behind them. Then he focuses on trades taken today and offers insight into how he sets these trades up.

Personalizing Forex with Sam Evans

Merlin and Sam answer many listener questions pertaining to the FX markets, including: Spot vs. Futures, New Zealand rate cut, trading time frames and much more! The duo also look at a listeners trade setup on the Aussie!

Surviving as a Trader with Merlin Rothfeld

Millions enter the fray of trading, yet only a handful make a living at it. Why is that? It all boils down to rules, strategy, and having a plan! Merlin walks listeners through some of the major learning lessons from his 20+ years of trading his own accounts.

Trading Systems with Roger Best

Over the years, many have asked about “Black Box” or trading systems. Do they work? Do we use them? Long time trader, Roger Best has spend a good amount of time working with developers and analyzing trading systems! He joins Merlin in studio, with a live audience, to talk about what he has learned over the years!

Jobs and Retirement

Jobs data helped vault the markets to all time highs on Friday, but was it justified? John and Merlin evaluate the data and break down some of the housing data to help paint a better picture of what is going on! The duo also look at Growing retirement problem in America and offer solutions to be better prepared.

Following the Plan with Sam Seiden

Sam Seiden, the Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer and Instructor at Online Trading Academy, joins Merlin to talk about the construction of a step-by-step approach to trading any market. The duo look at some of those steps, as well as evaluate some common pitfalls traders make, and how they can be avoided.

Looking At Different Angles With Josip Causic

Josip joins Merlin to discuss a listener question pertaining to buying call options, and how to go about it. The duo break down that particular approach, then go into different strategies which may help reduce risk on the trade overall.

Global Currencies with Brandon Tristan

Fresh out of an XLT session, Brandon Tristan joins Merlin to talk about the recent selloff in the US Dollar and how its impacting other currencies. The duo looks at the Yen, Euro and Dollar to identify potential trades setups suggested by listeners.

Feeling Gassy with John Rowland

Commodity markets have been going crazy recently with massive moves in Oil and Natural Gas! Floor trader John Rowland joins Merlin for a look at some of the fundamental drivers of these markets, and where he thinks they are headed.

Housing Market Hoedown

The housing market has played an instrumental role in the continual rally since 2009. Merlin and John look at a variety of charts to see if the strength is still there, and what impact it might have on our markets going forward. They also look at the trillions of dollars sitting in offshore accounts, and the impact it could have if brought back into the US.

Currency Wars with David Warner

Master trader, David Warner joins Merlin in studio to talk about the recent, and upcoming central bank announcements which have kept markets in uncertainty for the past couple years! David also offers some insights into the Japanese Yen currency pairs which face a major announcement later tonight!

Trade Planning with Vishal Subandh

From Mumbai India, Vishal Subandh joins Merlin to talk about some trades he has mapped on 3 specific markets. He details why the trades were chosen, and what the plan will be using multiple instruments. Later, Merlin and Vishal look at the Euro and Pound for potential trading opportunities.

Making the Call with Mike McMahon

Master trader, Mike McMahon is not afraid to make crazy market calls on the air with Merlin! In this session, Mike talks about his thoughts on his July 21st “Tech Crash” call, and offers insights into other market phenomenon which may be hitting out markets soon!

Bird Watching With Steve Bobbitt

Markets sit perched at all time highs, supported by a wealth of lackluster data. This has trader Steve Bobbitt feeling like a black swan event is nearing! Merlin and Steve look at what those events may look like and how they may impact the market. Later, they look at the upcoming fed meeting and the lack of market correlations!

Ascending Equity Markets

Equity markets continue their torrid ascent to all time highs, while the data for US growth has been showing weakness for the past year! Something is broken! Merlin and John look at the data and offer insights into why this is happening, as well as the potential time bomb facing financial firms around the world.

The Routine with Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin walks through some of the basic steps that he takes when making trades in all asset classes. It all begins with market analysis, then breaking down the specific assets which will present the best trading opportunities based on current  conditions. This brings in the odds enhancers, mastermind grid levels, and solid money management to help round out a great trade!

The Adaptation Game with Steve Moses

The market volatility has all but evaporated this past week, making it difficult for Options sellers to find trading opportunities. Master trader, Steve Moses joins Merlin to talk about what he is doing to accommodate these challenging times. Steve goes over his essentials of risk management,  and why he still prefers selling options to buying.

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