Posts Tagged ‘ smb capital ’

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Build trades around the direction of the real trade

May 4th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
In a monthly review, a promising trader found an important area of improvement: build trades around the direction of the real trade.  The trader in his monthly review wrote: Before the Open yesterday, our top trader was fielding trade ideas from junior traders on his desk.  One junior trader offered an idea that was dismissed by the top trader.  He counseled, "The news is not good enough to be interested in that stock."  This top trader wanted something that could soar or dive intraday to make it worth his attention.  Looking at the big picture for this opportunity, it was not big enough. I was chatting with Merritt Read more [...]


I want my business judged on MY trades!

May 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
I have been mentoring a futures trader recently.  In a daily review (below), he provided feedback that mentoring encouraging him to focus on his best trades was powerful.   I am working with a developing equities trader, who is very profitable when he focuses on his trade.  He can tell you what it is.  He writes in his reviews that he wishes to wait for these trades.  Most recently, I suggested he place a post it on his trading screen: I want to be judged on MY trades! This is a simple exercise, yet powerful.  Try it. *no relevant positions   Read more [...]


7 ideas for improving your trading consistency

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
I was recently a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University sharing my knowledge of trading and trader development with interested students.  At the end of my lecture, a student approached and asked, "How can I improve my trading consistency?" We have polled our trading community for the top trading issues they would like to solve, and trading consistency consistently makes the list. Many have some success in trading, trades where they really get it.  Trades where they really have edge.  And then they also have periods of frustration and losses.  If they could just keep the good trades and rid the bad ones. At the Read more [...]


5 ways our top traders are working to improve

Apr 21st, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
  I was on the West Coast last month to present to the Scottsdale (Phoenix) Traders and Investors Meetup Group.  After my presentation, an astute and succeeding retail trader approached and asked, "What do your top traders do to improve?" At SMB, our top traders have been homegrown.  We hired them.  Trained them from scratch.  Provided capital, technology, coaching and mentoring to grow.  The best have become seven-figure traders.  Many more have become high performing traders.  Still even more have become consistently profitable traders. What are our top traders doing to improve? Let me be clear they 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 [...]