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How Many Trades Do You Find Each Day?

Sep 18th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hi Bella, First of all I would like to thank you for everything that you do for us traders. I've just started to read The Playbook and I’m sure it will help me develop as a trader. I've one question though, in Playbook you write that we should archive trades in our Playbook that makes most sense to us. Well I need to tell you that I’m happy if I catch one trade daily, even though I’m an intraday trader, and here is my question: how many trades (daily) do you or your guys at SMB can find and trade on average ? Thank you for your time and best regards.   @MikeBellafiore Yes, you should archive one play each Read more [...]


It is all BS

Sep 5th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hi Mike, I am writing this letter to tell you how an ordinary trader can see things from a totally different perspective after reading the "The Playbook". I appreciate your firm for the information it disseminates to the aspiring trader community. I tried to catalog my trades (for eight months—my trading life) as suggested in the book. Results: 1) I make 5% trades with winnings greater than 30 cents/share 2) All these trades come from stocks trading with unusual volume a.k.a STOCKS IN PLAY 3) All these trades are either GMAN's pullback on 3-minute chart or THE REVERSAL TRADE suggested to TO in the book (I call Read more [...]


We are Hiring! Trading Floor Manager in NYC

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Our trading desk in NYC is looking for a new Floor Manager.  If you are interested, please apply here. We are looking for someone with trading and supervisory experience to work on and oversee the trading floor in our NYC office. Ideal candidates will have considerable experience in both trading and overseeing traders and trading risk. (This position will also come with an opportunity to trade firm capital commensurate with one’s recent trading history/performance.) Necessary qualifications for applicants include: Recent, verifiable track record of trading success (2-3 years minimum) Experience supervising traders Experience Read more [...]


Top Ten Trading Books

Aug 29th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
I had a wonderful conversation with a retail trader who has read 194 trading books.  Wow! This gentlemen has a passion for trading and reading about trading.  I was actually speaking to him about our firm backing his trading.  He has developed a track record while working full-time in the Heartland. For those of you trading retail who dream of one day trading pro, here is one guy taking the steps to achieve that goal.  It can be done! I thought it would be interesting to the trading community to learn his Top Ten Trading Books since he has read so many.  (In any list like this, there will be many great contributions Read more [...]


Should You Quit Your Job to Trade?

Aug 27th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Dear Mr. Bellafiore, Hello my name is Jeffrey, first off I'd like to thank you for the information in your book "one good trade" it's been very helpful. I've been day trading for 2 1/2 years now. I can't trade stocks because of my work schedule but do take advantage of the Future and Currency markets. I've come to realize that my preparation is lacking big time. I understand how to read a chart along with ranges like support and resistance but don't know come up with the major levels or how to really trade off of them. I guess what i'm asking is what should be my main focus in preparation in these markets 1. and 2. should I Read more [...]


Today I Will Trade Big!

Aug 26th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
An experienced trader stepped into my office frustrated with me.  He wanted to know why I questioned his position size in  a $TWTR breakout trade.  The exchange we had offers a lesson on getting bigger as a trader for the trading community. First, let me say that I loved this trade position in $TWTR.  And I loved that he was being aggressive.  I wanted to know two things: if the trade didn't work out could he control his risk was his position too big for him So many traders wake up one day and exclaim: Today I will trade big! Traders just decide that now they will not be a wuss, trade big size, and hold for the Read more [...]


Trade with a True Catalyst

Aug 25th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Often new and retail traders do not trade stocks with a true catalyst.  By a true catalyst, I mean an event that will cause significant new buying or selling.  Said another way, price moving buying or selling. The new trader and retail trader wonder: Why the heck is my stock not moving like I thought?  The answer may be because they do not have a true catalyst behind their trade.  And this may also explain why you so often get stopped out of positions.  The Flash Boys prey on trades in stocks without a true catalyst. And then there are the b.s technical trades that too many new and retail traders make. The 8ma crosses Read more [...]


How Do I Start Trading?

Aug 16th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hello Mr. Bellafiore, I just read an article/post from you, and I think you are one of the few out there who know what they are doing and not after the quick buck. I've wanted to be a trader for close to 15 years. I'm 41 now, and I still have this desire. I never quite could get my head around where to begin and what to do. Do you have any suggestions? I hope that you aren't tired of these emails, I bet you get them a lot. BTW: I live in Belgium @MikeBellafiore In the upper right hand corner of our blog, you can signup for our Free 10 Day Training Class.  You might start there. You will gain exposure to key Read more [...]


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