Guest Blog

New Visualization Exercises To Boost Your Investing and Trading

Nov 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trader Development, Trading Psychology
  Visualization and mental practice are tools that can take you to the next level of performance in your trading and investing. These tools can have a transformational impact on your mental game, helping you to execute better in every facet of your investing and trading. In fact, they are so important that I have compiled a resource page on the SMB website and even written about them extensively in my book, Peak Performance Trading and Investing. I use these tools frequently and am the biggest proponent of them. Now, I wanted to share with you some new visualization tools that I have been developing and refining. These Read more [...]


What I learned from visiting SMB Capital

Oct 30th, 2015 | By | Category: General Comments, Guest Blog
Here's a guest blog post from Austin Mitchum, an active writer on his blog A Technician Plays that Market.......... I have just returned from a very special holiday in New York. Whilst there, I was fortunate to meet with Mike Bellafiore (Bella), co-founder of SMB Capital and author of “One Good Trade” and “The Playbook”. SMB is a proprietary trading firm with a major focus on developing and training traders. They offer a wealth of information on enhancing trading performance which can be found on their blog: http://www.smbtraining.com/blog/. I read their work religiously and find it immensely insightful. It is for this Read more [...]


Inside The Trading Vault – Futures Market Assessment – $ES_F

Oct 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Anne Marie, General Comments
SMB will be hosting a free webinar on October 6th where I will outline several trades based on techniques taught in the Vault.  The formation above is that of a falling broadening wedge- this is a bullish formation.  The current measured range is 66 points.  We sit above the moving averages and momentum suggests at this time that pullbacks should be bought and upside should grind forward. The goal of buyers will be to break the range of the wedge above.  As of now, the sellers are exerting pressure but pullbacks are likely to be bought.  If the chart fails 1910, we will fall back into the range of the wedge and a likely Read more [...]


Inside The Trading Vault – The Power of Mechanical Process

Sep 24th, 2015 | By | Category: Anne Marie, General Comments
If you value consistency, and find it lacking in your trading, The Trading Vault is certainly something you should investigate. SMB will be hosting a free webinar on October 6th where I will outline several trades based on techniques taught in the Vault. Many traders learn the concepts of trading with a bit of a salad bar approach – a little from lots of different sources they think look good- all piled onto a single crowded chart.  Or they are on a quest for the holy grail of technical indicators – the one that will never let them down. Either way, the story almost always ends the same way.  Poor trading results, discouragement, Read more [...]


Making Your Visualizations Better

Aug 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, Trader Development, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
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Enhancing Trader Performance: Process Vs. Outcome

Aug 10th, 2015 | By | Category: David Blair, Trader Development, Trading Lesson
What is more important?  The OUTCOME of a decision regardless of the PROCESS that generated it?  Or the PROCESS applied to generate the OUTCOME regardless of the results? The answer can reveal the strengths and possible weaknesses of how we manage the information used to define our trading edge and the significance we place on the results of that trading edge.  For instance, if I were to share two trader’s trading results the last month and one showed a drawdown of 5% and the other a profit of 20% could we determine that the process used to generate the former’s loss is flawed while the process used to generate the latter’s Read more [...]


The Fourth Week of More Mindful Trading

Jul 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, General Comments, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
  In this post, I will continue my eight week experiment with cultivating mindfulness and trading. The earlier posts in the series can be found here:   Eight Weeks to More Mindful Trading The Second Week of More Mindful Trading The Third Week of More Mindful Trading   To bring new readers up to speed, here is a brief refresher on mindfulness. The topic is all the rage right now because people want to take back control of their attention span and to beat back the numerous distractions that afflict us in everyday life. Mindfulness is about learning to control your attention and your focus, so that Read more [...]


Mindset Hacks: Adopt the Mindset of a Champion

Jun 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Bruce Bower, Trading Lesson, Trading Psychology
This is the final blog post in a 3 part series from Bruce Bower on Peak Performance. Part 1 was on consistency and Part 2 was on making better decisions. When we did a survey of the top three topics that people wanted covered, I was surprised by the third place winner: “Mindset Hacks: Adopt the Mindset of a Champion”’. On the other hand, I was pleased. Possessing the right mindset is one of the best things that we can learn from peak performers in a variety of fields. They become champions precisely because they have the right mindset. What exactly is the mindset of a peak performer or a champion? And how do we adopt Read more [...]