Margin Call Podcast – Season 1

Margin Call Podcast – Season 1

Margin Call: Behind the Scenes in the Forex Industry

Margin Call is an exciting new podcast series that gives you behind-the-scenes access to the ups and downs of working in the Forex/CFD industry. We interview the people that keep the show on the road. This series is guest-hosted by Jordan Michaelides and produced by the team at Neuralle Media.

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Episode 10: Chris Gore | CEO of GO Markets

Chris Gore (Linkedin) is the CEO of GO Markets, Company Secretary and Responsible Manager for their AFSL licence. He’s a long-serving staff member at GO Markets and an industry veteran in the OTC Derivatives market and commentary business, with over a decade of experience.

Chris is most known for showing a level-headed approach in an often unsettled industry.

This is a fascinating episode where we cover:

  1. Favourite podcasts
  2. What’s to come in Forex & how the industry has changed
  3. The future of GO Markets
  4. The state of the global economy
  5. Looking back at the 2016 U.S. Election

Episode 9: Quinn Perrott | Co-Founder & General Manager of TRAction Fintech

Quinn Perrott (Linkedin) is the Co-Founder & General Manager of TRAction Fintech, a regulatory technology business. Quinn has been a long time operator in the Retail Forex space, whether it’s running leading businesses like City Index and AxiTrader, or deciding to create a business in the niche space of regulatory technology.

He has a unique perspective as a long time operator, with his knowledge helping average traders to understand the market and industry participants to better understand their business.

This episode covers:

  1. Living in Cyprus
  2. Quinn’s path to Forex
  3. Starting TRAction Fintech
  4. What Quinn misses about the FX/CFD businesses
  5. New regulation from GFC
  6. How blockchain tech can impact reporting

Episode 8: Adam Taylor | Head of GO Markets London

Adam Taylor (Linkedin) is a Director of GO Markets London. Adam has a brilliant ability to see patterns, whether it’s playing Chess, or using Point & Figure Analysis to better understand the sentiment in the market.

This chat was a great insight into what makes a GO Markets London Director tick, plus how things are looking within the UK.

This episode covers numerous topics, including:

  1. The game of Chess
  2. Moving from Scotland to Australia
  3. His progression within GO Markets
  4. The UK market, Brexit
  5. Risk management
  6. Fundamental & technical analysis

Episode 7: Sophie Gerber | Founder of Sophie Grace and Co-Founder of TRAction Fintech

Sophie Gerber (Linkedin) is a leader in the space of legal & compliance in the finance industry within Australia, publishing regularly across the industry. The breadth of both business, whether it’s Sophie Grace or TRAction FinTech, clearly highlight the array of Sophie’s knowledge. Her blog posts are quite brilliant in their ability to sort through the weeds that must exist within this space.

This episode covers numerous topics, including:

  1. Starting Sophie Grace
  2. Common mistakes with new financial businesses
  3. The Royal Commission
  4. How the industry could change for the better
  5. Her role at TRAction FinTech

Episode 6: Karen Wong | Chapter Secretary of the Australian Technical Analysts Association

Karen Wong (Linkedin) is a private FX & Equities Trader, Sydney Chapter Secretary of the Australian Technical Analysts Association and technical contributor for

Karen’s entire career has been focused on private trading primarily across equity markets. Her technical analysis is regularly used to help the community pursue the development of this speciality, particularly with her engagement in the Sydney ATAA chapter.

This edition uncovers the perspective of private traders:

  1. Her background and how she got into trading
  2. Her trading principles, methods, and indicators
  3. Fundamental and technical analysis
  4. How to utilise technical analysis and its key principles

Episode 5: Andrea Marani | CEO of OpenMarkets

Andrea Marani (Linkedin) is the CEO of OpenMarkets and longtime operator in the financial services space. A South African at heart, the now Aussie financial operator has many runs on the board with organisations like Investec, Rabobank, Shaw & Partners, plus Global Trader. OpenMarkets is a Digital Trading Platform that provides clients with direct access to markets via a range of digital technologies.

This chat with Andrea offers an interesting look into his background and wealth of experience across financial markets. We covered numerous topics, including:

  1. What he misses about South Africa and why he moved to Australia
  2. Early memories of making wine
  3. Highlights of his career
  4. The impact of technology on financial markets
  5. Open Markets and its focus
  6. New products he’s excited about

Episode 4: Khim Khor | Executive Director & COO of GO Markets

Khim Khor (Linkedin) is GO Markets’ COO and Executive Director. He started out as a Sales Manager for the Asia business, when this demographic was just opening up for the CFD/Forex industry. Five years later he stands as COO and is an integral part of the GO Markets team with a unique and innovative perspective on Asia. As a lifelong student of Economics, Khim has always had a penchant for understanding how markets work.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. His time and role at GO Markets
  2. Growing up in Malaysia, and sambals
  3. The Asian market
  4. Trading & gambling in Asia compared to Australia
  5. Asian investor perspective
  6. USA & China trade relations
  7. What sitcom best resembles GO Markets office

Episode 3: David Hall | Co-Founder of Tapaas

David Hall (Linkedin) is the Co-Founder of Tapaas and former Principal Architect across numerous financial institutions including Westpac, Macquarie Bank and Citigroup. David made his way into the industry through a unique opportunity at Salomon Brothers, an organisation that had a lasting impact on David. Twenty years later, and many runs on the board with institutions as a financial systems architect, David now runs his own business – Tapaas.

Tapaas is an analytics platform that accelerates profit from insights for finance markets enterprises. The platform provides analytical power to growing companies, that was only previously available to the premier financial institutions that David used to work for.

David has a fascinating background and life experience as an expat. We covered a vast array of topics, including:

  1. What he misses about America and loves about Australia
  2. His father and lessons learnt from him
  3. Experience travelling as an expat, particularly in Japan
  4. Financial innovation at organisations like Salomon Brothers
  5. Tapaas and its work with retail brokers
  6. Principles for applying risk & technology

Episode 2: Tom Williams | GO Markets Head of Trading

Tom Williams (@TomW_GOMarkets) is the GO Markets Head of Trading. He started out as a dealer and broker in the excitement-driven city of London across equities, fixed income and foreign exchange. Learning the technical aspects of what is now a software-driven business has allowed Tom to lead all trading operations at GO Markets, literally keeping the show on the road. Old Scouse loves a laugh and a pint and is always affable enough to show you the bright side of life (as Monty Python says).

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. What brought Tom to Australia and what he misses about the UK
  2. His role as head of trading at GO Markets
  3. The Swiss National Bank Crisis
  4. The GFC and Brexit

Episode 1: Vee Leung Phan of Track Record Asia

Vee Leung Phan (@TrackRecordAsia) is the Founder of TrackRecord Asia and former Head of Trading across multiple divisions for Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. Vee made his way into the industry by chance, after realising there was no real opportunity back home during the 1997 Asia Financial Crisis. Fast forward 13+ years and Vee had co-founded a hedge fund, run multiple divisions for both Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, and co-founded a machine learning tech startup.

TrackRecord Asia is a financial training academy for trading teams in banks and professional traders – designed to teach you the frameworks learnt in his days across first-class institutions.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. Singapore and Vee’s childhood in Kuala Lumpur
  2. Uni life in Manchester and how he got into trading
  3. Lessons learnt from his mother
  4. Career path and insight into the industry
  5. Vee’s trading training framework
  6. The biggest mistake in the business.

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