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You cannot do this and be a successful trader

Sep 27th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Last Friday as I was walking off our trading floor, a beaming SMBU student yelped at me, "Bella I could hug you after today."  He was very pleased with the progress he had made as a trader. Fast forward to today and that same trader caught me hitting the elevator for my walk home.  I asked him how trading went for him today. He said, "Bella as good as I did last Friday, I did as poorly today.  I just did not have the discipline to enter my trades at the price that I wanted." I am going to write something now, for which you must follow no matter what product or time frame you trade. You cannot become a successful Read more [...]


Some questions from a European trader learning US markets

Sep 26th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
One of our SMBU students visited our desk in NYC from Sweden today. Merritt, from SMBU Trading Conversations on Friday 1:30PM EST, joined us for lunch, as did this trader's dad. This European trader is a graduate of SMB DNA and The Winning Trader and working on his game, after work hours from Europe. There were two issues that arose during lunch that merit discussion: 1) What trades do I take with a limited ability to watch markets? 2) How do I settle on the best stocks to trade during Earnings Season? What trades do I take with a limited ability to watch markets? For this trader I like: a) Changing Fundamentals Read more [...]


Why I didn’t trade today

Sep 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
I didn't trade this morning.  I had ever intention to do so when I left the office last night.  I like the opportunity in FB TWTR SRPT SPY IWM for today's trading session.  So this was not a decision of a lack of trading opportunity.  I, personally, was not in an optimal state to trade.  And therefor, I benched myself. First, for those of you who have children, you might empathize with this next anecdote.  Three times last night, while in a dead sleep, my son approached my bed, leaned directly into my right ear and said, "DAD.........".  There were different iterations of what followed after DAD!, but each awoke me Read more [...]


What this new trader learned on Day 1 (166 lessons)

Sep 20th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Our new class started part I of their training this week, with the SMB Foundation. Some say, "The only way to learn how to trade is trade." Here is some evidence contrary to that position. One trainee with past trading experience sent me his notes, without solicitation, as to what he learned on Day 1 of our training program.  He participated in live classroom instruction, demo trading, interaction with traders on the desk, the archived Foundation training course, and access to our trading tools.  Here is what he learned: Get better every day Respect the markets Ask questions Only Read more [...]


Building your trading team

Sep 18th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Performance isn't exclusively about skill and strategy.  In fact, one top coach leaves all of this out of his top three keys to building a team. This is interesting to us as traders, as some of us trade in teams or something like teams, for improved performance. Team Trading is part III of our training for new traders on our desk.  Team trading is present at Hedge Funds and institutional desks but uncommon at prop firms.  Most prop firms employ the mentor/coach infrastructure, with some more successful than others. I am not here to argue which is better, just that we have settled on Team Trading, with great appreciation Read more [...]


Stay away from these stocks

Sep 17th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Hi Michael, I love One Good Trade. A book on Trading has never been so insightful yet so simple and engaging. Even Mark Douglas and (xxxx) can borrow a leaf or two from the simple, familiar language. I love it. Currently shopping for The PlayBook. Back to trading; in 'One Good Trade' you advise traders to avoid stocks with high short interest even when such stocks are 'IN PLAY'. What you did not make clear is the threshold and rationale. Please answer for me these two nagging questions? What are the possible implications of short interest (high or low) on a stock on intraday trading? At what point do you decide Read more [...]


How to make better trading decisions

Sep 16th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
In this Ted talk below, writer Julia Galef argues that making good decisions is dependent on employing a scout mindset.  This talk is helpful for us as traders to make the best trading decisions. Galef breaks mindset into two categories: scout mindset and soldier mindset.  The soldier mindset defends their ideas.  This "motivated reasoning" tries to make some ideas win and others lose.  Contrast that with the scout mindset, where you try and get an accurate picture of what is really there. How does this relate to trading? "TSLA has to trade lower.  Did you see that article today on Bloomberg comparing it to VRX?  Read more [...]


40 trading lessons from The PlayBook

Sep 14th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
An experienced and successful trader is starting with our desk, powered by Kershner Trading Group, next month. He is one of the more diligent traders you could meet. I have compared him to Tim Tebow in One Good Trade for work ethic. He just powered through One Good Trade and The PlayBook to improve his trading game and better prepare to trade on our desk. As is his way, he sent me 40 rules he highlighted from reading The PlayBook.  I thought I would share this experienced, successful trader's lessons from this trading book with you:   You are only as good as the stocks you trade Make one good trade then Read more [...]