Posts Tagged ‘ trader education ’

It’s never just patience

Dec 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Often I hear traders decry their lack of patience.  If they were only more patient, they would win. From my seat, there is more to add to these thoughts of trading frustration. You might hear commonly on a trading desk, "I JUST need to wait for my levels."  Again the idea is if trader just waits for his levels he will start winning.  This in itself is not sufficient.  Trader must also add trades that work for him off of levels.  Internally we encourage traders to judge every level on a scale of 1-10.  Trader must define the levels worth trading off of.  Trader must develop their system that works best with their talents Read more [...]


The first test for a new trader

Nov 4th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
You get hired for June on a trading desk. You take The Foundation, a 6 week course.  You learn everything you didn't learn in school, the internet, blogs, cable TV (just kidding), your uncle, and/or trading gurus about the markets necessary to place professional trades. Then it's on to Trader Development where for the next 6 months you experiment with different trades, build a PlayBook, find your niche, build habits of best practices, attend mentoring sessions, watch trading film, share notes with fellow traders, learn to leverage technology thru filters, scanners and autotrading.  You are expected to show an edge in Read more [...]


Boring old habits

Nov 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Ray Allen, former NBA basketball great and UConn alumn, penned a letter to his younger self with the advice: stick to your boring old habits.  He wrote movingly: You’ll win a championship in Boston. You’ll win another in Miami. The personalities on those two teams will be different, but both teams will have the same thing in common: habits. Boring old habits. I know you want me to let you in on some big secret to success in the NBA. The secret is there is no secret. It’s just boring old habits. What would boring old habits be for your trading? That list might include: Get to bed before 9:30PM Read more [...]


Why this special trader failed to hit his stride with us

Nov 1st, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
One of our special developing traders failed to hit his stride with us. He worked as hard as anyone at the firm.  Everyday he sent me his in-depth daily trading review to my inbox. His reviews set the standard for Junior traders. He worked on his trading game in college, before he arrived at SMB.  I have strongly advocated for aspiring traders to start working on their trading game in college in The PlayBook and here. He was coached by one of the top three NYC traders, during his training with Team Trading. He learned to us technology to assist his trading with custom filters and scanners. He even built some Read more [...]


Trading bigger is much easier than trading with edge

Oct 20th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Trading bigger is much easier than trading with edge. I am working with a developing trader, nearing 15 months of live trading.  He is starting to trade with edge. I am seeing 3/5 days of trading profitably. I am noticing in his reviews a specificity of setups that he is trading.  He is not trading for stocks to finish higher or lower for the day.  He is trading for a stock to trade lower or higher from a given point with specific variables.  This is the essence of short term trading.  He gets it. I am noticing a nice string of $600-700 days, with an occasional 1kplus day. I am noticing this trader trading Read more [...]


You cannot do this and be a successful trader

Sep 27th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Last Friday as I was walking off our trading floor, a beaming SMBU student yelped at me, "Bella I could hug you after today."  He was very pleased with the progress he had made as a trader. Fast forward to today and that same trader caught me hitting the elevator for my walk home.  I asked him how trading went for him today. He said, "Bella as good as I did last Friday, I did as poorly today.  I just did not have the discipline to enter my trades at the price that I wanted." I am going to write something now, for which you must follow no matter what product or time frame you trade. You cannot become a successful Read more [...]


What this new trader learned on Day 1 (166 lessons)

Sep 20th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Our new class started part I of their training this week, with the SMB Foundation. Some say, "The only way to learn how to trade is trade." Here is some evidence contrary to that position. One trainee with past trading experience sent me his notes, without solicitation, as to what he learned on Day 1 of our training program.  He participated in live classroom instruction, demo trading, interaction with traders on the desk, the archived Foundation training course, and access to our trading tools.  Here is what he learned: Get better every day Respect the markets Ask questions Only Read more [...]


40 trading lessons from The PlayBook

Sep 14th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
An experienced and successful trader is starting with our desk, powered by Kershner Trading Group, next month. He is one of the more diligent traders you could meet. I have compared him to Tim Tebow in One Good Trade for work ethic. He just powered through One Good Trade and The PlayBook to improve his trading game and better prepare to trade on our desk. As is his way, he sent me 40 rules he highlighted from reading The PlayBook.  I thought I would share this experienced, successful trader's lessons from this trading book with you:   You are only as good as the stocks you trade Make one good trade then Read more [...]