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Five Questions with Pauly, a/k/a Twitter’s @spz_trader

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Pauly is a discretionary trader targeting price levels and zones with the inclusion of Fibonacci lines to enhance probabilities. He trades forex, crude oil, gold and S&P on a short-term basis.

Pauly opts not to publish his last name. But he isn’t private about his trading activity. He shares his trades on Beacon Trader, and he is very active on Twitter as @spz_trader. And of course he is open to sharing his insights with us here on Trade Talk. I hope you enjoy hearing from Pauly.

- Brian Mehta, CMO


Five Questions with Magnus Haglind, COO and Deputy Head of Nasdaq Global Commodities

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I first met Magnus Haglind when he was living in Chicago and serving as CEO of Nasdaq Futures (NFX), the U.S. energy market launched by Nasdaq in 2015. Nasdaq had announced Trading Technologies' status as a preferred NFX vendor, and our teams were starting to work together to connect traders to the new exchange using our software.

While the collaboration between TT and Nasdaq has deepened, Magnus' role has evolved. A native of Sweden, Magnus recently took a new position that has him overseeing Nasdaq's global commodities business.

We spoke with Magnus as he was preparing to relocate from Chicago back to Stockholm where his position is based. Read on for insight into how he got his start, his view on technology, and what lies ahead for both NFX and Magnus.

- Brian Mehta, CMO


Dead Ringer

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"Once in awhile you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right."
-Scarlet Begonias

As the manager of TT CampusConnect™, Trading Technologies’ university outreach program, I spend a lot of time on college campuses and have the opportunity to reap the benefits of those visits.

On a recent visit to one of our partner schools, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), I noticed a poster advertising the Grateful Dead Archive, a collection available for public viewing in UCSC’s McHenry Library. What? This is right up my alley. As a big fan of all things “jam” (the Dead, Dave Matthews, Phish, et al.), I had to check this out.

In 2008, the band members donated over 30 years of business records, posters, backstage passes and laminates as well as audio and video recordings to the university. They even donated the skeletons used in the music video for their song Touch of Grey. Guitarist Bob Weir said, “It seemed to all of us that the stuff really belongs to the community that supported us for all those years. And Santa Cruz seemed the coziest possible home for it.” Ah, California!

While in the university bookstore, I came upon a book by Professor Barry Barnes, the chair of leadership at the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale The title was Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead. Really? This I had to check out.


Five Questions with Brannigan Barrett of Axia Futures: Let’s Talk Brexit

Brannigan Barrett has been a senior trader and mentor at Axia Futures for over five years. Alongside his trading, Brannigan mentors upcoming traders and authors a weekly financial post for The Market Mogul.

His trading career started with bond futures, but over time, he very quickly adapted his style to trade across multiple asset classes, including equity indices, foreign exchange and commodities.

Given his experience, we thought it would be interesting to get his perspective on what might happen in the markets now that Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union. Read on for his opinion.

Brian Mehta, CMO

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Brannigan: It was a month ago that the United Kingdom made headlines and for all the wrong reasons. The majority, albeit small, had voted out of the European Union. The reasons why are irrelevant. What matters now is understanding the landscape going forward.