Audio Archives

What in the World!?! With Steve Bobbitt

Taking a week off from teaching to focus on his trading, master trader Steve Bobbitt, joins Merlin for a look at the global picture and its market impacts. This show takes a look at the impacts of Scotland becoming its own country, Wars and conflict, Oil and crude prices and the Euro and its steep drop. Merlin and Steve analyze many charts and offer opinions on listener trade questions.

As The World Turns with Don Dawson

On past shows, Master trader Don Dawson has give many examples of how commodity trends give us insights to global trends and help us anticipate market moves. On today’s show, Don takes a look at how upcoming interest rate increases can be anticipated by looking at specific futures contracts. This allows him to pinpoint, with a high probability when the fed will begin raising rates. The duo also take a look at the grain markets and talk about production bottoms which may be key in determining buy points for commodities like, corn, soybeans, wheat etc.

Currencies with David Warner

A former Broker at FXCM, David Warner is now teaching Forex classes for Online Trading Academy. Coming from a traditional investment background, David shares some of the major things he has learned over the years with Power Trading Radio listeners. Later Merlin and David take a look at a couple currency pairs for potential trading opportunities and suggestions on how to trade economic data releases.

The Price of Protection with Marty Dim

With 38 years of trading experience under his belt, former CBOE trader Marty Dim joins Merlin for a look at an often overlooked tactic to protect traders. We have insurance for almost everything else we don’t want to lose, yet most traders do NOT protect their investments. Marty quantifies how much it might cost to protect your portfolios if the markets do have a pull back, and how it might look on a chart. TJ the ChartMaster brings up several images to represent the levels.

Weekend Edition with Dr. Mark Thornton

The trio of Dr. Mark Thornton, John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld take a look at the 7 Mega-Trends facing our economy and what it means looking forward. It all revolves around education and how to plan for the future using the current trend information. Dr. Thornton also talks about some great classes available at which will further improve your understanding of how this giant economic machine functions.

Proper Retirement Planning with Darek Zelek

Currently in Irvine California, teaching a ProActive Investor class at Online Trading Academy, Darek Zelek joins Merlin for a look at the current long term picture. Darek feels bullish, but also warns that investors must take steps to prepare themselves should a major market correction hit. This entails portfolio rebalancing, asset allocation and more selective diversification models to reduce risk exposure in volatile times.

Trading Commodities with Craig Weil

Markets rallied, recovering most of the losses from Tuesday’s trading session. This keeps the indexes in a fairly tight range, but not everything is trapped! Craig Weil joins Merlin for a look at some wildly volatile commodities which listeners have been asking about. The duo talks about trading these, and the trap of following CNBC advice.

The US Dollar Is Still The King!

The dollar continues to surge to the upside as central banks from around the world rush to crush their currencies. This is having obvious impacts on global markets, and tremendous trading opportunities!! Brandon Tristan spends much of his time in the XLT (Extended Learning Track) helping hundreds of traders hone their trading skills. Brandon shares his thoughts on what he sees happening with the US Dollar as well as other currencies. He also offers some insight into Tesoro.


Continual Education with Debbie Hague

Merlin finds Debbie Hague roaming the halls at the Irvine training campus and invites her on the show to talk about the role of continual education. Debbie has been taking classes, by choice, with a variety of Online Trading Academy instructors to improve her knowledge of the financial markets. This might seem odd for someone who trades for a living, but when you have access to top traders, may as well learn as much as you can! The duo also takes a look at the current market situation and where they feel it’s may be headed.

Weekend Edition with Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

32 year market trading veteran and regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg & Fox, Todd “Bubba” Horwitz joins Merlin for a look at many of the pressing issues facing out markets. To begin with the duo looks at how technology has changed the trading floor from 1982 until today, and why Bubba feels it was better before! Later they focus on currencies and how Draghi’ s comments and actions will send currency market reeling. Finally, they look at the big picture for the financial markets and offer insight on where things may be headed next!

Treating Real Estate As Its Own Asset Class with Diana Hill

So many people are mystified by the Real Estate process, and know very little about it. Diana Hill joins Merlin to break down some of the misconceptions and enter into a discussion about using Real Estate as a multi faceted asset class, not just the typical “Buy your home” angle. The duo looks at using real estate for income generation as well as long term growth prospects. This brings up the eternal question of: to Buy or Rent?!?!? Merlin and Diana weigh in their thoughts and emphasize the importance of having a structured approach to Real Estate, treating it no different than you would trading stocks, commodities, or currencies. Know the rules, have a plan and follow it!

Market Adaptation with Gabe Velazquez

With most markets at historic levels, Gabe Velazquez shares his thought on why only the Russell 2000 has really good trading opportunities at current levels. This ties into market timing principles and the foundation of Supply & Demand theory. Gabe also answers several listener questions on subjects ranging from stocks to futures. The duo also take a look at the grain markets, which have been clobbered recently.

Dollar Domination with Steve Misic

Global uncertainty and political tension has caused a flood of buyers to the US Dollar. Master trader, Steve Misic joins Merlin for a look at this trend and how it may impact other currencies. Steve shares his thoughts on the Aussie Dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen and much more!

Social Mood with Alan Hall

John O'Donnell and Bill Henner discuss social mood with Alan Hall on this installment of Power Trading Radio. John also does his weekly weigh in on his journey to health and physical fitness.

Looking forward with Scott McCormick

Several listeners have expresses confusion on how to begin saving for the future, so Merlin and Scott look at some of the key factors in determining investments. This encompasses looking at many personal factors, not just market specific. Scott also offers some insight into market correlation and market timing principles which also play a factor when it comes to investing for the long term.

Excellence in XLT with Jasmine Wang

Merlin and Jasmine talk about how traders should be using the grid, which details key supply and demand levels for 20 trading instruments. This tool is tremendous at shortening a traders learning curve and helping them apply the patented core strategy at Online Trading Academy. Jasmine and Merlin also look at the Canadian Dollar, Gold, and Crude Oil.

Global Currencies with Sam Evans

While stateside in Philadelphia, Sam Evans joins Merlin for a look at some of the major factors in the global currency markets. Sam shares his thoughts on current trends and rate hikes with the Pound, and how history has shown what patterns they will follow. The duo also talk about live coaching and how it has improved Sam’s trading. Finally, they take a look at the euro for key levels and set targets.

Trading with Sean Reed

As the S&P 500 tiptoes into record territory, many other interesting things are happening across multiple markets. Master Trader, Sean Reed shares with listeners his evolution as a trader and his personal trading style. The duo then look at what else is moving our markets and where they may be headed now that the milestones have been hit!!

Weekend Edition with Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin wraps up an eventful trading week with a look at 6 stages of trader development. This is in response to a listener from NYC who has been struggling for the past 6 months. Merlin shares his trading evolution steps and outlines what traders can expect along the way to success. He also takes a look at the broad markets as well as Ford and Microsoft.

Planning for the Future

Merlin takes several listener questions focusing on some long term instruments many are talking about. Merlin takes a look at the differences between Value and Growth investing, and why they have their challenges, unlike trading pure supply and demand. He also takes a look at Annuities and what investors should be aware of.

Options and Trading Security with Joel Greenberg

Master trader, Joel Greenberg shares with us why he has been loving these past few weeks of trading! Merlin and Joel also take a look at how simple steps can increase your rate of return, compounding into significant money over time. Finally, they look at some very simple steps you can take to protect yourself from getting hacked, or having your trading account integrity breached.

Where Will Your Money Take You?

With so much commentary on how to increase ones Rate of Return in order to retire in style, Merlin ponders the location you live in as a factor as well! Tillie Allison joins Merlin to look at how this, and other factors should be addressed in ones retirement planning. Tillie also offers some insights into where she sees Apple going as well as the broad markets.

The Beauty of Supply & Demand

John O'Donnell and special guest Jim Puplava discuss the beauty and simplicity of Online Trading Academy's patented supply and demand strategy. Jim also gives his views on the bond markets and shares a story about a silver trade he made with the help of Online Trading Academy.

Parallels Between Markets

John O'Donnell and special guest Peter Atwater discuss the similarities between the market from 1966-1974 and the market from 2000-today. From sociatal issues, politics, economics, business and culture there are very strong parallels.

Debunking Piketty's Capital

John O'Donnell and special guest George Reisman discuss Piketty's new book Capitol in the Twenty-First Century. They discuss Reisman's recent review of the book entitled Wrong Theory/Destructive Program. They also discuss education and its lack of substance in the U.S.

Up In Smoke with Mark Thornton

Guest host John O'Donnell chats with Mark Thornton about the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. They discuss the importance of free will and dispell some of the myths put upon marijuana.

Currency Wars with Tim Pesut

With trading ranges getting smaller and smaller for most of the worlds currencies, Tim Pesut believes this is the calm before the storm. Global events and tensions may bring the storm quicker than expected as well! Tim and Merlin talk about the Euro, Dollar, cross pairs, adaptation and the need for patience in today’s markets. Merlin also shows the results of John O’Donnell’s weekly weigh in!

Volatility Spikes with Steve Moses

The past 2 weeks have spiked the VIX nearly 70%! For a trader this can be golden, especially for options traders looking to sell options and collect premium. Master trader, Steve Moses, joins Merlin for a look at how his trading has changed over the past 2 weeks due to the increase in volatility. Steve also takes a look at historical market data and what we should have learned from it!

Currency Markets with Rick Wright

As trading ranges plummet with most currencies, Master trader, Rick Wright joins Merlin to discuss how he is adapting. He offers some personal insights into how traders should modify plans and tactics to find trading opportunities when seemingly none exist. Merlin and Rick also look at the Euro, Yen, and Pound for potential trading opportunities.

Where to Next with Debbie Hague

Award winning author and Master trader, Debbie Hague, joins Merlin for a look at what she sees driving our markets and where the next key turning points are located. She also talks about how she uses the Mastermind Trading Grid to help refine her trading levels, as well as find trading opportunities.

The Weekly Weigh In with John O’Donnell

The dynamic duo of John and Merlin break down the current weakness in the equity markets and offer insights on where it may be headed. Later they take a look at HFT and how it is transforming the financial landscape, all while being a necessary element of market functionality. Finally, Merlin implements the Beach Body Challenge for John! For the next 21 days, he will be on a strict diet and exercise routine, in an attempt to get back to his ideal weight and fitness level! Are you ready for the challenge?!?

Diving into the Dark Pool!

Over the last 24 hours, many questions have come in regarding the Hiam Bodek interview and the impact of HFT and Dark Pools. Merlin offers his insights into how the landscape of the markets may change due to legislation and litigation, and where he sees the bigger problems in our markets. He also touches on why the Russell 2000 is a crucial index for identifying when markets are showing strength or weakness, and the sings its giving us right now!

HFT with Haim Bodek

Haim Bodek, former CEO of Trading Machines, a Prominent High Frequency Trading firm based in Connecticut, joins Merlin for a look into what has been happening in the HFT world. Haim takes a look at some of the significant changes which may ultimately change the landscape of the financial markets just like litigation did back in 1996! The duo also talk about Haim’s new class on HFT and system trading.

Trading Support with Brandon Tristan

Every trader seeks out other traders, yet most only find bad advice and shenanigans. Brandon Tristan is part of a world class team that works with groups of traders from around the world every day. This trading environment, XLT (Extended Learning Track), was designed to help traders share ideas, understand trading concepts and apply Online Trading Academy’s patented trading methodology in a live market environment all led by master instructors. Brandon shares some of his highlights before going onto analyze several listener questions regarding the currency market.

Market Relationships with Scott McCormick

Scott takes us inside his classroom for a look at how he prepares students for day to day action in the markets. He starts with a  top down approach which looks at relative strength and weakness across a broad variety of markets and sectors. From there, it’s about identifying the leaders and laggards for trading opportunities. Scott also talks about the BECK report, which is key in helping him understand money flow across asset classes.

Weekend Edition with Jim Puplava

President and CEO of Puplava Financial Services, Jim Puplava, joins Merlin to talk about how advancements in technology have changed our communications and financial landscape. The duo also look at some of the factors that are driving the markets to lofty levels, and the potential obstacles which may push us back into recession.

4 Years after Dodd-Frank with Paul Orme

After several years, Dodd-Frank has fallen short of its intended goal, leaving big firms to continue to reap big rewards off the average investor. Master instructor Paul Orme, joins the show to look at the plans shortcomings and what investors should be doing to secure their financial future. The duo also take a look at 401k rollovers and what to look out for.

Trading Options with Steve Moses

After teaching a great options class in Irvine, Steve Moses swings by the studio to join Merlin on set for a look what’s happening in the options world. Steve starts off with a quick look at what happened in his class and offers some basic learning steps for new traders. Later the duo talk about some of the newer innovations with Option expirations, and some technical analysis of securities.

Forex with Scott Greer

Teaching on the road in NC, Scott Greer takes time out of his schedule to join Merlin for a look at the significant currency movers. Scott shares his thoughts on the US Dollar indexes and how they should be adding more thrust for future market moves, until ultimately hitting a wall! Scott and Merlin take listener questions as well, shedding some light on the current trajectory of the Cable, and Loonie.

Beginning of the Correction with Mike McMahon

Master instructor, Mike McMahon, joins Merlin for a look at why he believes the Top for the year is in for the equity markets. He points to several factors which should start a nice, and much needed, correction! Later the duo take a look at Gold, Texas Instruments, Apple, and several other stocks. While he sees a good correction coming, he also is quick to point out that he is bullish on the markets going forward!

Weekend Edition with Mark Thornton

DR. Mark Thornton joins John O'Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld for a look at the resurgence of Detroit, and how many Austrian Economic principles are key in the resurrection. The trio also talks about drug policy and how political acceptance is impacting drug cartels around the world. This acceptance provides significant opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors alike! John also talks about his new weight loss challenge!

Inside your Brain with Dr. Woody Johnson

Author of “From pain to profit: Secrets of the peak performance trader”. Dr. Woody Johnson joins Merlin for a look at the crippling impacts fear and greed has on ones trading success. The duo talk about how they both overcame their own personal inner demons before moving on to better trading results.

Trading Futures with Tillie Allison

As markets continue to power to new highs, Tillie Allison offers insights as to how to protect profits and reduce risk exposure. She also talks about how she has transitioned  into other futures products like Oil to capitalize on volatility. Tillie also discusses her learning path and how she tries to give back by hosting special events at the Online Trading Academy centers when she is teaching.

Trading Currencies with Sunil Mangwani

Every trader has to start somewhere! Sunil Mangwani shares, with Merlin, his rocky road from book learning, to understanding the fundamentals of Supply and Demand. Sunil also takes a look into how commodities influence currency action and can be used as an odds enhancer. The duo also look at a variety of yen pairs including AUDUSD, USDJPY and GBPJPY.

Back in California with Craig Weil

Having traded for nearly 40 years, Craig Weil talks about his love for giving back through teaching, and the steps it takes to be successful. IT all begins with a plan for the day, which Craig gives an example of on the show. Later, Merlin and Craig offer analysis on Whole Foods and ComCast.

Live From FreedomFest 2014 - Day 3

President of the Ayn Rand Institute, Yaron Brook joins Merlin on set for an in-depth look at what Ayn Rands influence on the markets has had. He also voices his disgust for our current political structure and offers solutions as to how to improve it. John O’Donnell also joins Merlin for a look into his highlights from this year’s FreedomFest.

Live From FreedomFest 2014 - Day 1

John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld Settle into the Las Vegas FreedomFest, broadcasting Live from the convention hall. The duo give an overview of what is happening at the conference, and set expectations for the coming days interviews!

Answers To Your Questions Part 2!

For the second day in a row, Merlin is alone in studio and takes the time to answer several listener questions. Using visual examples, he takes a look at how yesterday’s short bearish harami setup on the QQQs panned out, and the logic behind the setup. He also continues his discussion of using scanners on currency pairs, not just equities. Finally, he reviews the performance of the automated trading system account he opened up last month.

Sifting Through The Markets

With so many stocks to look at, many traders resort to scans and filters to help whittle down their selection to a select group which meets their specific criteria. Merlin answers a listener question on this and shows how he uses the filter to not only reduce the number of securities he is looking at, but also find trading opportunities. Merlin also talks about how to trade the Harami formation on the Nasdaq 100 and offers a nice trade setup on Texas Instruments.

Wealth Management with Tillie Allison

Tillie joins the show to talk about current market situations and give listeners a free copy of her DVD: How To Retire With More Money Than You Need. Tillie and Merlin take a look at the current record levels of the Dow, and offer suggestions for those who may have missed the run! They then talk about the bond markets and offer suggestions for using options to generate increased rates of return. Finally, Tillie briefly discusses taking profits and asset allocation concepts for present levels.

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