Guest Blog

Enhancing Trader Performance: Dealing With Doubt

Jul 28th, 2014 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note Traders make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. In doing so traders must face head on any number of fears related to those decisions.  Whether in life outside the charts or the decisions made within, doubt will rear its ugly head, especially when risk of monetary loss is present.   As traders, doubt can keep us from committing money to our edge, keep us in losers longer Read more [...]


Enhancing Trader Performance: Getting Acquainted With Ourselves

Jul 13th, 2014 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note For anyone who follows me here or at my blog know I am focused on the mental aspect of the trading game.  In fact, I believe trading is 100% mental from choosing the types of charts you will use to what you will trade to how you will trade it.  We all approach trading via mental biases formed from experience and exposure.  The science of behavioral finance is beginning to take Read more [...]


Enhancing Trader Performance: Easy Is Not Necessarily Better

Jun 29th, 2014 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note “My Aunt lived to be 100 smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day since she was 18; therefore, smoking is not bad for you.”  “I have a friend who does not believe in wearing seat belts. He has been in two accidents and walked away with but a few scratches and bruises; therefore, his belief has been validated not once but twice.”  These statements sound really stupid do they not?  Read more [...]


Enhancing Trader Performance: Why Use Technical Analysis?

Jun 15th, 2014 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note If you use some form of technical analysis (as I am assuming you do if you are reading this post via SMB) it is important that you establish your intent for doing so.  In other words, if you intend to use technical analysis as a predictive tool you will most likely be disappointed in its ability to consistently forecast future price action and you will most likely be considered Read more [...]


How To Remove Your Emotions From Trading

Jun 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, Trader Development, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
Investors and traders around the world are always wondering “How do I remove the emotions from trading?” We’ve all experienced the downside of emotions –panicking and closing out a trade at the worst possible moment; being too greedy and taking on an excessive amount of risk; or just watching our overall emotional state fluctuate with the markets. The natural reaction is to blame our emotions, believing that they made us or caused us to trade worse than we should. And if our emotions are going to hurt our trading and make us look bad, then we want to suppress them and distance ourselves from them. One of the most Read more [...]


How Do You Start Trading Without A Methodology?  

Jun 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trader Development, Trading Lesson
Starting out in trading and investing can be a daunting challenge. Surveying successful traders, they will give you advice like “You need a methodology that works”; “You need a style that’s all your own”; “you have to find your own way”. That’s great, but when you are just getting started, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to make any money. You’d just like to find something, anything that works. It’s essentially a chicken and egg problem—how do you know what plan to use? How do you know if it’s right for you? And if it’s untested, then how do you have sufficient confidence in it to Read more [...]


Are Great Traders Born or Made?

Jun 1st, 2014 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note How you answer this question can help determine your eventual success.  For instance, if you see your failures as stepping stones to eventual success then you will be much more likely to overcome the obstacles that are inherent in trading. You will see the failures (= losing trades) as part of the process.  If, on the other hand, you blame your failures on a lack of “genes” Read more [...]


Options Trading for Income with John Locke for May 24, 2014

May 26th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments, Guest Blog, John Locke, Options Education, SMB Options, Traders Ask, Trading Ideas, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
No relevant positions Risk disclaimer John Locke Thursdays Webinar link -  http://www.smbtraining.com/1/2014/05/m21.php Check out these great videos! May Group Mentoring Open House Part 1 http://optionstribe.com/2013/05/recording-john-lock-group-mentoring-session-may-2nd-2013/ May Group Mentoring Open House Part 2   http://optionstribe.com/2013/05/recording-john-lock-group-mentoring-session/ http://optionstribe.com/2012/01/recording-an-improved-version-of-the-bearish-butterfly-trade-john-locke http://optionstribe.com/2012/03/recording-simulated-march-bearish-butterfly-review-john-locke http://www.smbtraining.com/blog/yesterdays-option-tribe-meetingm3-trading-strategy-by-john-locke http://www.smbtraining.com/blog/yesterdays-option-tribemay-and-june-bearish-butterfly-strategies http://optionstribe.com/2012/01/recording-butterfly-trading-with-deep-itm-calls-to-control-deltas-forrest-anderson http://optionstribe.com/2012/07/recording-m3-trading-system-john-locke/ Learn Read more [...]