Monkey Trading Series: Some IPO Basics

“Monkey Trading” is a broad term I have used lately to describe some of the short term trading I observe that shows a lack of respect for the market. Whether it is a failure to have a detailed trading plan or understanding the nuances of how stocks trades in the HFT dominated marketplace Monkey Trading usually leads to a transfer … Read More

Mike Bellafiore’s Presentation at The Trading Show Chicago

The Trading Show Chicago is considered North America’s leading trading event where traders, quant investors and exchanges come together to explore new advances in trading strategy, quant models, and technology. The event consists of an exhibition, seminars, and a strategic conference. This year Mike, see his latest book The PlayBook, discussed “A Prop Firm’s Transition to Building Multi-Product, Multi-Market Discretionary … Read More

The PlayBook is Getting Great Reviews!

Mike Bellafiore’s new book, The PlayBook, will be published on July 17, 2013. You can pre-order the book now, and once you receive it you can take advantage of some special offers. In the meantime, check out these great notices! “Written by one of the world’s best trading coaches, The PlayBook traders who do not trade U.S. equities how a pro does. At … Read More

Forex Trading: What Is Market Symmetry?

In the world of forex education, there is a lot of terminology that can be confusing at times. Many educators may use similar terms but have completely different meanings. For example, in the world of market profile, there is the term “value area” which represents 70% of the price action in a given profile. At SMB we also have a … Read More

What is the Best Personality Type for a Trader?

An email I recently received: Hi Mike, Thanks for your beautiful blog. I am one of your many blog followers and find it very insightful. My question is this: from your experience, what is the best Personality type (Myers-Briggs – MBTI test) for the pursuit of trading ? Is there a type that have the biggest potential for success at … Read More

Recording: Introducing The New LRC Credit Spread Video Series by SMB Options

SMB’s Options Tribe is an online community of options traders dedicated to sharing successful options trading ideas with all of our members worldwide. Each week the community will meet online for the primary purpose of watching live presentations made by veteran options traders and experts in the world of options trading. On June 25 Options Tribe launched the new online … Read More

Divining Inflection Points– $SPY

From January to May 22nd I probably traded the SPY less then ten times in total. Today marked the fourth consecutive day I traded the market via the SPY. I trade whatever is In Play. And right now the market is In Play. The most useful price level in the past three trading days has been 157.50. Useful in that it … Read More

Forex Workshop: How We Find Pivotal Prices Using The Golden Mean

Join Marc Principato, CMT on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:30pm ET, in an online workshop on “How We Find Pivotal Prices Using The Golden Mean”.  Marc will share how the traders in the SMB Forex and Futures program utilize concepts that center around the golden mean to find potential turning points on multiple time frames. This is an essential … Read More