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SMBU Earnings Season: In-House! (Nov 5-7)

Oct 21st, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Every three months there is an amazing trading opportunity, our trading Super Bowl, for those prepared. Earnings season provides greater opportunities for outsized trading profits for those in the Right Stocks And in the Right Setups And with the Right Process. Those unsatisfied with their results during earnings season must improve on these aspects of their trading game. You can! Begin your preparation with the SMBU Earnings Season: In-House! Three days of learning, training and real-time trading with Bella, Steve and our desk at our NYC office can result in a lifelong improvement of your trading results...and the results Read more [...]


SMB at Stocktoberfest Oct 27-28 San Diego

Oct 21st, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Mike Bellafiore, author of One Good Trade and The PlayBook and Co-Founder of SMB Capital will be a Speaker at Stocktoberfest in San Diego Oct 27-28. Jack Schwager author of the best-selling Market Wizard series, Howard Lindzon- Co-Founder of StockTwits, Herb Greenberg of CNBC, Josh Brown-@reformedbroker, JC Parets- @allstarcharts, Greg Harmon-@harmongreg, Phil Pearlman of Yahoo Finance, and many other notables too numerous to mention will be presenting at the event. Come listen to Mike present. Reach out to Mike at mbellafiore@smbcap.com to meet up with him and chat trading in San Diego. *no relevant positions Read more [...]


How to Win During Earnings Season

Oct 20th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Every financial quarter as traders we have our Super Bowl- Earnings Season.  These are exciting trading times! New traders chirp, "This is going to be the month I break out." Developing traders announce,"I am not going to be a wuss during this earnings season and quintuple my profits!" Experienced traders unsatisfied with their results during earnings season declare, "I will crush it this earnings season!" Retail traders shout, "I am going to make so much I can quit my job!" I am all for thinking positively, but those thoughts alone will not produce improved performance. What will?  What is the only thing that Read more [...]


Trend-Following in Life and the Markets

Oct 20th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Traders are always trying to improve their game. Beginners usually jump from strategy to strategy in search for some holy grail that will always win no matter what the markets do. Pro traders outguess their gut and their systems in attempts to make or save an extra buck. Such efforts are usually self-correcting by losing money. I believe we all forget to use common sense from time to time. It's OK. We are all prone to getting wrapped up in our emotions while trading and just living everyday life. Sometimes, we can lose self-awareness, perspective and ultimately our discipline. The discipline I use to trade and live my life Read more [...]


I Hate My Job!

Oct 19th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hi Mike, My name is Assaf and I would like to get your advice if it is possible. I’m 42 years old married with three kids, living in Israel and working as a software engineer. Currently I’m managing a group of engineers and making around $120K a year (in Israel this pretty good salary). I can see my career develops with HPSW, and I probably on my way to make 140-150 K in the next 3-5 years. BUT… My real passion is for the Markets (US markets). I came across William O’Neil’s book (how to make money in stocks) a few years ago and started to follow his methodology. I bought breakouts and tried to hold as much Read more [...]


Higher Volatility = Higher Trading Expectations

Oct 16th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hey Bella, First of all I want to express how excited I am for this (SMB DNA). I have been trying to trade part time for years and have been on the edge of being good for over a year. I have had some personal issues with my dad's health that has kept me doing the "safe" thing with my career but some recent changes really has me itching to branch out and go all out to see if I have what it takes to be great. I have a few quick questions to make sure I'm getting the most out of this. The first would be that last night after our meeting (SMB DNA) I hammered out all of weeks 1 materials. I was wondering if its best to move on, Read more [...]


An Interview with Mike Bellafiore: His Favorite Trade, Trading Volatility, and Key Market Levels

Oct 14th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments

In the video below, Mike Bellafiore is interviewed before Friday’s open by Benzinga- #PreMarket Prep Show. Mike discusses:

1) Market levels that may signal the end of the market’s uptrend
2) His favorite trade: The Trend Trend Changing Fundamentals Trade
3) What and how to trade when the volatility rises

*no relevant positions



Anatomy of a Rip

Oct 11th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hey Mike, I hope that all is well and that you survived a week that in our industry, will not soon be forgotten. I attended last night's webinar and wanted to thank you for a great session.  I believe that no matter how long we've been in this business, that there are days when obstacles to success appear/reappear  when we least expect them.  I have learned (the hard way) that it is crucial to to identify these obstacles as soon as we're psychologically able as both transient and rectifiable.  To re-frame a tough trade/day/week/etc, takes discipline, self-awareness, and most importantly, humility. It was fortuitous that Read more [...]


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