Archive for August 2009

StocktwitsTV – Live From the SMB Classroom with Bella

Aug 30th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments
Tonight, SMB Capital's Mike Bellafiore appeared on StocktwitsTV to talk about the optimal trading day and why it is important to define your optimal trading day. Click here to watch the clip. Mike appears on StocktwitsTV every Sunday at 8:30pm so be sure to tune each week to watch the show. Read more [...]


A Last Week in August to Remember – AIG

Aug 29th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments, Mike Bellafiore's (Bella's) Blogs
I wrote last week that the last week in August is historically uneventful. I went on StockTwits TV and said the same thing. I wrote in my blog “Vacation….Chop!” that you ought to take a break. I suggested that the last week in August or the first week in September are generally excellent weeks to vacation. I have some new information. Let’s discuss. Steve has written many excellent blogs on Stocks In Play. Our trading philosophy as short term intraday traders is to find the stocks that are moving and use the trading set ups that work best with these stocks. The advantage of this strategy is that we can count on Read more [...]


Optimal Trading Day

Aug 28th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments

This Sunday on StockTwits TV at 8:30 PM I will be discussing an Optimal Trading Day.  I will discuss how some define an Optimal Trading Day, how not to define one, and offer a suggestion as to how to define an Optimal Trading Day.

What I mean by Optimal Trading Day is what is a great day for you.  What is the best day for you?  How do you define a perfect trading day for you?

Please share in this blog post and we will discuss on my Sunday night show.

Enjoy your weekend!



Reading the Tape with Gman: How to Read the Tape

Aug 28th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments
Gman, head trader at SMB Capital, wrote an excellent article for Wall Street Cheat Sheet about Reading the Tape. Gman discusses how learning this important skill helps traders determine the buying and selling pressure in a stock and also helps traders know when to load up in a position. You can read the full article here. Read more [...]


SMB in TheStreet.com

Aug 28th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments
Mike Bellafiore, partner at SMB Capital, was cited yesterday in an article on TheStreet.com about the latest developments at AIG. You can read the full article here. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! Read more [...]


From Gman’s Mailbag

Aug 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Gilbert Mendez's (Gman's) Blogs, Reading the Tape
A couple of days ago I received this inquiry via email from DH, one of our blog readers. It is a very interesting question so I thought I would share with all of you. Below is DH's email: "I read the SMB blog and watch the videos every chance I get and I really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing! "I'm a fairly new trader and just started trying to learn how to read the tape recently. I was looking at AIG today and the stock traded above the important $35.00 level during the open. I went long at 35.05 as I saw the 35.00 level being hit but it was holding, and I was hoping to ride a big move up. However, when 35.00 broke, I Read more [...]


StocktwitsTV – Live From the SMB Classroom with Bella

Aug 24th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments
Yesterday, SMB Capital's Mike Bellafiore appeared on StocktwitsTV to talk about the importance of capitalizing on the opportunities that the Market presents. Click here to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the show. Mike appears on StocktwitsTV every Sunday at 8:30pm so be sure to tune each week to watch the show. Read more [...]


Vacation….Chop!

Aug 24th, 2009 | By | Category: General Comments, Mike Bellafiore's (Bella's) Blogs
Today after the Close we talked about vacation.  When to take it.  What to get out of it.  And why it is important.  Let's discuss. You cannot trade everyday.  You will burn out.   Your trading will suffer.  You will make less for the year if you do not take time to recharge as opposed to trading everyday.   Danny Lee on our desk would trade everyday if we let him. There are days after the Close on Fridays I know he is pissed that the markets will be closed the next day.  I just ordered him to take a vacation.  I learned in law school that you reach a point of diminishing returns.  At least this is what I allowed myself Read more [...]