Artwork for podcast Top Traders Unplugged
SI183: Nickel Short Squeeze & Trend Following in an Unstable World ft. Jerry Parker
12th March 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
00:00:00 01:23:44

Share Episode


Jerry Parker joins me in today’s episode to discuss trend following as a robust guide to the markets in a world of instability and insecurity. We also discuss the recent short squeeze in nickel which has led to an unprecidented response from the LME, how to develop a trend following system, and what to do if you miss a breakout trade. We dive into when to trade index-based products vs. single stocks, how to manage trailing stops, and Jerry's decision to stop doing trend following research and rounding off our conversation with interesting and somewhat provocative tweets from Jerry.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Trend following and volatility in relation to the current situation in Ukraine
  • The recent short squeeze in nickel trading and the reaction from the LME
  • Tips and tricks to grow as a trend follower
  • How to develop a good trend following system
  • How to manage trailing stops
  • How Jerry managed his short Russian stock position
  • What Jerry will focus on as he stops doing Trend Following Research


Follow Niels on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or via the TTU website.

IT’s TRUE ? – most CIO’s read 50+ books each year – get your FREE copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

And you can get a free copy of my latest book “The Many Flavors of Trend Following” here.

Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

Send your questions to

And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest Rating & Review on iTunes or Spotify so more people can discover the podcast.

Follow Jerry on Twitter.

Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

01:40 - Summary of the week

08:03 - What happened this week with nickel trading

14:53 - Q1, Josh: Any tips and tricks for Trend Following investing and ETFs?

31:57 - Q2, William: How do you react following a missed breakout?

37:11 - Q3, ABE: Is it wise to avoid Index-based products and how to trade CTA Index Futures? How do CTAs as an industry, become part of the financial zeitgeist going forward?

45:36 - Q4, FunnyMoney: Are trading stops intra-day or managed at the next day open?

49:25 - What happens if you stop doing trend following research

57:00 - Tweets from Jerry

01:20:43 - Performance overview

01:21:49 - Thanks for listening

Resources discussed in this Episode:

Copyright © 2022 – CMC AG – All Rights Reserved


PLUS: Whenever you're ready... here are 3 ways I can help you in your investment Journey:

1. eBooks that cover key topics that you need to know about

In my eBooks, I put together some key discoveries and things I have learnt during the more than 3 decades I have worked in the Trend Following industry, which I hope you will find useful. Click Here

2. Daily Trend Barometer and Market Score

One of the things I’m really proud of, is the fact that I have managed to published the Trend Barometer and Market Score each day for more than a these tools are really good at describing the environment for trend following managers as well as giving insights into the general positioning of a trend following strategy! Click Here

3. Other Resources that can help you

And if you are hungry for more useful resources from the trend following world...check out some precious resources that I have found over the years to be really valuable. Click Here

Privacy Policy