Are there less opportunities in this market into the close for traders?

A reader asked: Hello Mike. I have been involved in trading for a number of years and follow your youtube channel with interest. A quick query when you have some time. Going back a few years, the main ‘focus’ for trading (mainly using the tape) was on the open and the first hour of trading. Then also the last hour … Read More

Improving your trading results on the open

  One developing firm trader struggled trading the open.  He sought a one-on-one to discuss improvement trading the open with me.  He sought counsel from Dr. Steenbarger as well. I made some suggestions and it was up to this trader to execute on solutions to improve. He did.  Boy did he! After implementing solutions for this challenge of trading the … Read More

SNAP Cracked

SNAP was our #1 In Play stock last Wednesday. Tuesday, after the market closed they reported earnings below expectations and gave weak guidance. The stock was battered dropping from 15 to 12 in after hours trading. But then at 6AM Wednesday it was reported that a Chinese internet company had purchased a large stake. So what initially appeared as a relatively … Read More

Trade your PlayBook for improved consistency

I received this email from a trader: Hi Mike, Terrific piece yesterday on trader development. You have a wonderful way of clarifying things. Step 1. Build your playbook of trading ideas   Step 2. Become consistent trading these plays. I have come across the word “consistent” more and more frequently but have never fully grasped just how important it is. Dr. … Read More

First comes…..next comes…..then comes……for the developing trader

Getting your priorities correct really helps shape the trading day for optimal progress. One trader with, with whom we are working, is coming along nicely.  Firm is happy with his progress.  Our sense is he has a real chance to become good. Our job is to help him set priorities.  Is that to make money?  Or is that something else? … Read More