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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.

Jul 16, 2012

My guest today is Patrick De Villiers, a co-founder of the systematic trend following fund, Neural Capital. Originally from South Africa and now based in Cyprus. He is a highly accomplished financial market specialist with extensive treasury experience and business implementation, has vast knowledge about systematic investment portfolios and risk management., and has extensive experience in emerging and developed financial markets with very strong managerial and leadership skills.

The topic is Trend Following.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • When you're at a big bank the performance can be based on the franchise you're working at
  • The connection of ego to performance
  • How to explain a trend following approach to clients
  • Capturing the "fat" of the trend
  • Outliers and black swans
  • Putting the unexpected moves in your favor
  • The relation of trend following to behavioral finance
  • Ensuring that you're in the game for when the big winners come

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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.

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