SMB Trading Lesson of the Day: Buying Pullbacks on The Open

In this SMBU Trading Lesson of the Day, Bella, author of the “trading classic” One Good Trade and The PlayBook, talks about a trading pattern that’s been working in this Bull Market. Highlights from this trade: 1) This pattern works extremely well in a Bull Market. 2) Incorporate this strategy into multiple timeframes. 3) LOW gapped up significantly on earnings; see Mike’s thoughts … Read More

The Challenge of Letting Winners Run

You know the following situation well: You had a long in EUR/USD at 1.3005 and sold it at 1.3018 only to watch it go to 1.3086 over the next hour. Of course when you try and hold for these type of moves, you give back your 10+ pips plus some additional when your stop gets hit. How do we know … Read More

Free Options Webinar: Greg Loehr—Taking advantage of AAPL’s low implied options volatility

SMBU’s Options Tribe is an online community of options traders dedicated to sharing successful options trading ideas with all of our members worldwide. Each Tuesday, SMBU hosts an options webinar—the Options Tribe—during which veteran options traders and experts in the world of options trading share live presentations. Next week, Greg Loehr returns to the tribe to discuss ideas as to … Read More

SMBU Trading Tip of the Day ($VSI)

In this SMBU Trading Tip of the Day, Bella, author of the “trading classic” One Good Trade and The PlayBook, talks about the importance of execution with an example in Vitamin Shoppe (stock symbol $VSI). Highlights from this trade: 1) You can turn a very good trade into a losing trade with poor execution. 2) Trading is a skill. 3) Market “calls” are … Read More

The Second Step to Systems Success

Last time we talked about Risk, which is the first and most important aspect of a trading system. We discussed how limiting risk can create higher absolute returns because of reinvestment, raising capital, and using leverage. Now we can talk about our second focus: Returns. There are three types of returns that we need to understand. First is the back tested returns. … Read More

Randall Liss: Designing an Options Trade Around Your Market Opinion

SMBU’s Options Tribe is an online community of options traders dedicated to sharing successful options trading ideas with all of our members worldwide. Each Tuesday, SMBU hosts an options webinar—the Options Tribe—during which veteran options traders and experts in the world of options trading share live presentations. This week, Randall Liss returns to the Options Tribe to accept tribe members’ … Read More

A Trader’s Trading Path From A-Z

This Thursday I will speak to aspiring traders at Pace University. As I prepare for my discussion, I have been thinking of a Trader’s Trading Path From A-Z. A. Read about the markets when you are young. If you enjoy reading about markets, then read more. B. Start playing with putting together trades in simulation. C. If you find some … Read More

The First Step to Systems Success

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Risk. This is the first and most important metric for a systems trader to track and improve. When learning about a system or strategy, most people first ask about the returns. Imagine you had one program that generated 21% per year on average and second was doing 35%. For some, the analysis is over because they just want higher returns. … Read More