Archive for February 2017

The End of Volatility

Feb 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs
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

Feb 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Free Daily Trading Video
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

Feb 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Free Daily Trading Video
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

Feb 12th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
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

Feb 11th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
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

Feb 9th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
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 [...]


A solution to improve your patience as a trader

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Dr. Brett Steenbarger, the Coach K of trading coaches, generously visited our firm today and spoke with our traders.  I asked him to tackle four issues during his discussion: I want to take my trading to the next level If I could just wait for my setups If I could just stop taking lesser trades Define the competitive trader I wrote about the first three issues in my blog post yesterday, We are all working on that on our trading desk as well. But when you have the Coach K of trading coaches grace your firm, you ask him to share his thoughts on these vexing trading issues. The discussion was fascinating, Read more [...]


Win Percent is Overrated!

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Free Daily Trading Video
Let's look at one of my recent trading sessions. It was a low win percent session, but the benefits of reading the tape kept me in the drivers seat the entire session. Read more [...]