Friendly Bear Podcast: Interviews with Top Traders & Icons of Financial Markets


With 2020 and 2021 being the year of digitization for the global populace, the trading sector has seen unprecedented growth, with the S&P 500, DJIA, and the NASDAQ Composite experiencing 26.9%, 18.7%, and 21.4% growth, respectively.

Due to its relatively high performance this booming sector has welcomed many young traders in the past three years. Financial trading is known to be a volatile game. The question is: How do you beat it?

It is common knowledge that the only currency in a trader’s toolkit is experience. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, trading requires a multitude of skills and a sharp eye for spotting even the smallest fluctuations in market patterns. But succeeding in financial trading is a long and arduous process unless you can pick up clues and learn from the experts themselves.

We compiled a list of the best traders and icons of financial trading to keep an eye out for, all of which have been featured in the Friendly Bear Podcast by David Capablanca, who himself is a trader.

Jack Schwager

Renowned industry expert Jack Schwager has become the face of the financial trading industry with his critically acclaimed series The Market Wizards, which also inspired David’s podcast. Jack is also one of the founders of Fund Seeder, a platform that aims to help talented traders grow and connect with sources of investment capital. Jack’s expertise in hedge funds led him to become a partner in the Fortune Group, a London-based hedge fund advisory group in 2001.

Dr. Ernest Chan

Best known for his contributions to introducing machine learning and advanced computer algorithms to recognize patterns and trends in large quantities of data, Dr. Chan is the founder of PredictNow.ai INC. Many business magazines – including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times- have recognized Dr. Chan’s work in quantitative trading. Dr. Chan has proven how traders can use AI for data mining and predicting market patterns with minimum errors.

Haim Bodek

Crypto trader and HFT SEC whistleblower Haim Bodek is known for his extensive knowledge of web 3.0. As the Managing Principal of Decimus Capital Markets, Haim provides traders with regulatory consulting services. With more than 20 years of experience to back his claims, Bodek has become a household name within the automated trading space, helping budding traders transition smoothly from conventional methods to complete automation.

Brian Shannon

With over 26 years of experience in the financial market, Brian made his first investment when he was just 13 years old. As a child prodigy, Brian’s expertise in technical analysis allowed him to scale the trading ladder going from penny stocks to founding Alphatrend.net – a platform that focuses on teaching young traders the secrets of swing-and-day-trading.

Brian Lee

Former esports professional Brian Lee made the decision of his life when he chose to try his hand at day trading equities. Brian’s ability to simultaneously assess and adapt to any given situation allowed him to scale the financial trading ladder in a short span of time.

Jack Kellogg

Up-and-coming traders look up to Jack for his sheer determination and persistence, going from a valet to a multimillionaire through trading. Jack’s humble beginnings are a testament to the potential of financial trading, as he has inspired thousands of people to step into the trading game. Even though Jack is one of the underdogs in this list, it’s safe to say that he has earned his spot among the icons.

Kyle Williams

Kyle is a living testament to ‘hardwork beats talent’ as he went from a college sophomore to a multimillionaire through sheer determination and grit. Kyle spent most of 2018 and 2019 cutting losses and learning from his mistakes, which eventually paid off in 2020, 2021 as he hit personal all-time highs and is up over 3.5 million in profits at the time of this article.

Eduardo Briceño

As the Director of Latin Day Trading, Eduardo’s day trading journey took him from Venezuela to the United States in search of knowledge and financial stability. Eduardo took inspiration from Tim Sykes, Stephen Dux, JTrader and Nate Michaud as he made his first investment 8 years ago, which eventually led up to him becoming a renowned name in the financial trading space.

As the host of the Friendly Bear Podcast, architect-turned-trader David Capablanca uses his YouTube channel to promote and educate aspiring traders on market norms by interviewing some of the most influential and successful traders in the industry. In his own words, “I, myself learn a lot during my podcasts and I want to share this experience with the people who are hungry to learn about financial trading.”

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