Posts Tagged ‘ trader education ’

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 [...]


This retail trader just crossed 100k in trading profits

Mar 13th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Last month on Twitter, I spotted this tweet and impressive equity curve from a developing retail trader: As the managing partner of a proprietary trading firm in NYC, I study traders succeeding.  This retail trader is succeeding! I reached out and asked him a few questions (in bold), hoping to learn from his success.  Below are his answers. Who are you and where are you from? Why did you get started in trading? I’m a retail trader from Sydney (@_jpark89 on Twitter) and videos such as “How to make $1000 in 10 minutes,” “How to buy stocks before they spike 200%,“ “How to turn $1000 into $10,000,” were Read more [...]


8 lessons from the prop desk (The 2017 TradersExpo NYC)

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
At the 2017 TradersExpo in NYC, I shared 8 lessons from our prop desk.  As a partner at a prop trading firm in NYC, I have the privilege of watching many traders grow from new to consistently profitable trader to high performing trader to even better.  I see how they succeed and why.  I share their obstacles and together we push past them.  I have a floor seat to watching them grow.  Along the way, these traders teach me and our trading community lessons. Today I will share 8 lessons with you learned from traders on our desk. Find a trading niche that has edge and leverages your personality and cognitive strengths. Read more [...]


5 inspirations from Dr. Steenbarger’s Master Class

Feb 28th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Yesterday I posted 21 key takeaways from Dr. Steenbarger's recent Master Class at the TradersExpo.   During the introduction of the Master Class Dr. Steenbarger challenged us to write down our goal for our time with him.  I wrote, "To be inspired with ideas to teach and train our guys better!" He promised not to stop teaching until each of us had achieved our goal.  For me, he delivered. Today, I would like to share 5 inspirations from the Master Class to train our traders better. 1. Develop a revised checklist for One Good Trade.  I developed a template for a good risk/reward trade in One Good Trade.  Dr. 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 [...]


Competition at a prop firm fuels increased PnL

Jan 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
People often ask ne the value of trading at a prop firm.  And there are many value adds that a prop firm brings to a trader, but I want to focus on one powerful performance driver. Competition! When SMB first formed a JV with the Kershner Trading Group our younger traders were in awe at the PnL numbers of the legacy KTG traders.  There were/are some of the best traders on the Street.  It gave them inspiration to be better.  It gave them confidence that they could make multiples more of what they were.  They were exposed to some strategies that they could co-opt with their strong trading skills to add PnL.  They saw Read more [...]


3 ideas to improve waiting for your trades

Jan 1st, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Yesterday I wrote about the #1 trading frustration of top traders on our prop desk. (#1 issue top traders want to fix in 2017 on our prop desk.) Today let's offer 3 ideas to solve this frustration: 1. Journal your progress on waiting for setups.  When are you successful waiting for setups? When are you early to enter and why? Patterns will emerge, when you are tracking this specific goal.  A better understanding from tracked data on this issue will help you improve. For example, many traders are too aggressive trading on Mondays.  They are so hyped up to show the market how they will improve on Monday that they Read more [...]