Sometimes it’s your job to lose money

February 23rd, 2017 In this video, Seth Freudberg discusses why it is disadvantageous for a trader to get into a mindset that he must win every trade at all costs. He must instead accept that the best trades have anticipated losing months in each year, no matter how well designed that strategy is. Read more [...]

One of the Most Important Trading Skills You Need to Develop

February 23rd, 2017 This coming Wednesday, after the market close, Bella is going to teach a trading class about one of the most important trading skills that many traders don't understand. Tape reading is a crucial skill for all types of traders. Not just intraday or short term traders. Tape reading skills add value to trades that are held for swing, intraday and even long term. You can add your to P/L by improving your price at entry and exit. Short term traders can find excellent risk/reward opportunities that will never show up on the price chart. Tape reading is a leading indicator and one of the most widely underestimated tools for traders. Mark Read more [...]

The End of Volatility

February 17th, 2017 During the first three years of my trading career I participated in a stock market that seemed to move 1%+ almost every day. That market was built for short term traders. But during that same time period regulators pushed through a series of market structure changes that I believe laid the foundation for a long term decline in stock market volatility. I now believe those structural changes as well as other technological developments make it unlikely the price gyrations that were once common place will ever return. Structural Changes In 1997 the SEC approved the alternative quotation networks known as ECNs to offer competing Read more [...]

Impatience is a major enemy of beginner options traders

February 16th, 2017 In this video, Seth Freudberg details the problems of raising capital level too quickly and suggests an alternative way to structure your growth process as an options trader. After experiencing some success over a small time period, they decide that they can trade much larger without understanding the tragic ramifications of increasing your capital level too quickly. Read more [...]

See the Hypos

February 14th, 2017 Today we're looking at creating premarket if/then statements. There's a powerful list of benefits associated with adding this to your routine. I hope that is helpful to your own trading. Merritt Black *No relevant positions Important Disclosures   Read more [...]

The danger of the overconfident trader

February 12th, 2017 Yesterday I wrote about a trader struggling with added size and risk.  In seeking a solution for this trader one possible area of focus was overconfidence.  How does it happen?  Why is it dangerous?  What can we do to combat overconfidence? You trade well.  You are seeing screens well and the market is trading in a way that allows your strengths to produce outsized PnL.  Your firm gives you a bump in size and risk.  Everyone around you sees you slaying the market and comes over with the fist bumps and giggles.  On a prop desk, you get followed around more by traders engaging you in your trading.  You are the BMOD Read more [...]

A trader struggles with added risk

February 11th, 2017 Here is an anecdote from our proprietary trading desk in NYC. A consistently profitable trader (CPT) shot me an email this week to chat about struggling with a recent bump in share size and risk.  He felt he had taken a step back with his trading after being given the opportunity by the firm to take a few steps forward with his newfound share size and risk. His recent struggles: forcing trades forcing size with trades hitting bids to enter short trades because he could unease with the new numbers on his PnL anxiousness This CPT had experienced this before with recent bumps.  So we chatted about a Read more [...]

A loud coaching session on the desk

February 9th, 2017 Yesterday we had a loud, unscheduled coaching session with the newest traders on our desk.  There were raised voices and language not suitable for network TV. By my count this was the third time these newest traders did not meet an acceptable level of AM preparation.  I am not suggesting they did not prepare.  I am not suggesting they did not compile many trading ideas on our AM Ideas sheet.  I am suggesting they missed a few trading opportunities that they should not have because it was not on their AM Ideas sheet. One trader carped about a missed 2nd Day play in KORS.  What are you complaining about in real-time Read more [...]