Expanding Volatility– $SPY $VXX

October 20th, 2014 I share some thoughts on trading adjustments we make in a market with expanding volatility. Steven Spencer is the co-founder of SMB Capital and SMB University which provides trading education in stocks, options, forex and futures. He has traded professionally for 18 years. His email address is: sspencer@smbcap.com. no relevant positions Read more [...]

How to Win During Earnings Season

October 20th, 2014 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

October 20th, 2014 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!

October 19th, 2014 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 [...]

SMB Trading Lessons of the Week

October 19th, 2014 In the video below, Mike Bellafiore is interviewed beforeFriday’s open by Benzinga to discuss his pre-market prep. Bruce Bower discusses how successful traders have dealt with failure. Latest Blog Posts   Higher Volatility = Higher Trading Expectations I love the idea of you experimenting with a giveback rule. It has been awhile since I have written about this. From your example above, stopping yourself out for the day when you dip below $100 is an excellent idea. Also, you are seeing a pattern in your trading. You tend to give back money at just short of $200 for the day...Read More Anatomy of a Rip I have Read more [...]

Top Calling is A Game For Losers

October 19th, 2014 It is extremely difficult to identify a top in an up trending market, however a very useful and profitable exercise for traders is to identify conditions that may lead to a market pull back. So whereas the typical "top caller" invited to opine on CNBC has no idea whether the market is at a top professional traders focused on price action, sentiment, and the markets reaction to news will identify times when the market favors a pull back and profit. Take a look at the following chart. It shows price patterns in the SPY that were very similar prior to the start of a market pull back. The first circled area preceded the pull back Read more [...]

Options Trading for Income with John Locke for October 13, 2014

October 16th, 2014

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Higher Volatility = Higher Trading Expectations

October 16th, 2014 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 [...]
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