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SI171: Machine Learning - Pros & Cons ft. Hari Krishnan
20th December 2021 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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Today we’re joined by special guest, Hari Krishnan, to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of machine learning-based trading strategies, successful funds that utilizes machine learning investment techniques, defining machine learning and comparing it with artificial intelligence, how Trend Following can best integrated with machine learning, the history of machine learning in the investment world, and we also answer some of your questions, such as how to select signals for a smaller trading account.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The reasons for and against machine learning trading strategies
  • If any funds have successfully implemented machine learning
  • What defines machine learning
  • The history behind machine learning-based trading styles
  • How to manage smaller trading accounts, when it comes to signal selection
  • How to time the entry into trend following funds

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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

01:25 - Feel free to share this podcast with like-minded friends using this link: and a big thank you to those who have left a rating or review on iTunes

02:38 - Macro recap from Niels

04:52 - Weekly review of returns

09:58 - Q1; Daniel: How do I choose which signals to take when too many arise for a small account?

15:21 - Q2; Mervin: Do you have any advice for finding low-risk entry points into new TF funds?

25:31 - The history of machine learning and how to define it properly

44:24 - How can machine learning be profitable during rare market moves when the data sample size for these moves is so small?

48:41 - Which specific areas of Trend Following are more suited to Trend Following? How risky is it to blindly follow a machine learning strategy? 

54:20 - Do you classify machine learning as a form of artificial intelligence?

55:55 - Have you come across any machine learning funds that have done well for a reasonably long period of time?

01:00:48 - Tell us about the recent experiment that Man Group carried out using Machine Learning to select a perfect (and sustainable) Christmas dinner?

01:04:44 - Announcement of future special Top Traders Unplugged episodes hosted by Hari Krishnan, as well as special episodes of the Systematic Investor featuring all the usual co-hosts over Christmas

01:06:18 - Benchmark performance update