Posts Tagged ‘ prop trading ’

I just need to eliminate my ehh trades

May 24th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Last night, I was reading the review of one of our traders, Trader A, who wrote, "I just need to stick to my plays that make me money (ETRM, TWTO, GLYC) and just faze out those ehhh ehh trades, I will become very consistent and very profitable." To Trader A, I responded, " When u say get rid of ehh trades be more specific. My PlayBook is abc (specific variables that make up the trade) My antiPlayBook is 123 789 2334 trades (specific variable that define the trade) Specific, specific, specific." Said another way, I do not understand what I want to faze out my ehh trades means.  What are your ehh trades?  If you do Read more [...]


Trade to your strengths…..no really do this

May 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
It is a bit of a trading cliche now to "trade your strengths".  As a trader, one gets tired of reading these trading maxims. Hugh Kimora, Trading Heroes, said this well for traders in his recent post here: But the vast majority of trading books out there are targeted at the beginning trader. They pretty much repeat the same old trading maxims, ad nauseam. “The trend is your friend” (not always true), blah, blah, blah. Seriously.  Blah, blah, blah.  Not to bore you, but "trade to your strengths".....no really do this. One difference, about our blog and my writing, is that I am sharing what pro traders are experiencing. Read more [...]


The power of Team Trading

May 12th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
  Last night Team SWang, a collection of traders with unique skill sets that trade for firm, met for drinks and food to discuss ways that they could improve.  They are one of the top teams at our firm, based on PnL and improvement. Their team leader, SWang, encapsulated how Team Trading can help traders: "I didn't know a team could help my trading so much."  Full stop. SWang credited many traders on his team for helping him make more: One trader on his team was a go-to for information on an inefficiency strategy One trader on his team captured shorts at the best price for him One trader built filters Read more [...]


The trading exit is not what you want but rather what it should be

May 9th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
A trader read yesterday's post Expectations poison good trading and remarked: I would like to focus on this savvy reader's observation: "I've sometimes used the standard of what I WANT the market to do. (how ridiculous is that!)" Well.... from my seat it is not too ridiculous at all.  I have been guilty of this.  I have seen profitable traders guilty of this.  I have seen many experienced traders particularly guilty of this.  It is a common trading mistake. So the good news is you are in good company making this trading error. But the proper exit is not what you want, but rather what the exit should be. For Read more [...]


Expectations poison good trading

May 8th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
What is the market doing?  And how can I participate, while controlling my risk/reward?  Those are constructive questions to ask, while hawking markets. Even profitable traders can forget to focus on these questions. I had a conversation with a top trader, with whom I work, who recognized he was projecting expectations into this trading.  His month was off to a slow start.  It could have been better.  But he was getting in the way.  This trader thrives by being aggressive, but he also needs to be patient. This trader had thoughts about how markets would trade before and after the French election. This Read more [...]


Bring a consistent you to markets to improve your trading

Mar 17th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Trader wants to improve his trading consistency.   (Please assume Trader has some edge in markets.) Trader might double down on their efforts to perform better during market hours.  If I just focus better.  If I just take only A+ trades.  If I just wait for my trades more patiently.  If I just use this indicator.  If I just size up in my best trades.   If I just stop making those trades.  If I just give my trades more room.  And on and on and on....... What if the progress is not in the effort during market hours? We know markets are always changing.  We know that each trade is not quite the same.  This Read more [...]


21 key takeaways from Dr. Steenbarger’s Master Class

Feb 27th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
This Sunday I had the privilege of taking Dr. Steenbarger's Master Class, trading coach and author, at The TradersExpo NYC.  It was four hours jam-packed with learning.  The Master Class was truly exceptional! Many have reached out to my inbox and asked for me to share my notes with you.  I will do so here. To become a distinct trader you must leverage your personality and cognitive strengths. Distinctive traders possess distinctive strengths. Conscientiousness and resilience build success. Openness to experience sustains success. The largest players use factors to make trade decisions. The successful Read more [...]


A solution to improve your patience as a trader

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Dr. Brett Steenbarger, the Coach K of trading coaches, generously visited our firm today and spoke with our traders.  I asked him to tackle four issues during his discussion: I want to take my trading to the next level If I could just wait for my setups If I could just stop taking lesser trades Define the competitive trader I wrote about the first three issues in my blog post yesterday, We are all working on that on our trading desk as well. But when you have the Coach K of trading coaches grace your firm, you ask him to share his thoughts on these vexing trading issues. The discussion was fascinating, Read more [...]