Trade your PlayBook for improved consistency

I received this email from a trader: Hi Mike, Terrific piece yesterday on trader development. You have a wonderful way of clarifying things. Step 1. Build your playbook of trading ideas   Step 2. Become consistent trading these plays. I have come across the word “consistent” more and more frequently but have never fully grasped just how important it is. Dr. … Read More

First comes…..next comes…..then comes……for the developing trader

Getting your priorities correct really helps shape the trading day for optimal progress. One trader with, with whom we are working, is coming along nicely.  Firm is happy with his progress.  Our sense is he has a real chance to become good. Our job is to help him set priorities.  Is that to make money?  Or is that something else? … Read More

Sometimes the best trades just come to you

Sometimes the best trades just come to you. Today was a perfect example in SUPN.  During our 11AM mentoring session with our new class, we discussed this important trading lesson. Yes! we need to prepare before the open. Yes! we want to develop theses for trades. Yes! stock selection best for you is important before the market opens. But we … Read More

How to improve your discipline as a trader

A new trader wrote this to me: Noob (trader here).  Two months in with maybe a total of 3 days where I consistently followed my rules.  Down about 2k thus far.  I am questioning my ability to do this.  Mainly because of my lack of discipline in following my rules. There is the old parable about the frog that asks … Read More

When you are trading well…..try this

During a daily review one of the firm’s top traders observed this about this trading:  I am feeling confident about my trades, seeing the markets well, and want to leverage this period here to trade aggressively as long as I am staying in sync. Dr. Steenbarger has taught us traders to study, study, study the trading periods when you are … Read More

Automated trading helps with this trader’s discretionary trading

At our firm, traders can be discretionary traders, automated traders or hybrid traders.  Discretionary traders push the buttons and make their own decisions.  Automated traders develop and idea, backtest, forward test, and then let computers run the strategy.  Hybrid traders do a little of both and use technology to inform better discretionary trading. Often we hear in the Financial News … Read More

A statistical edge found by this trader

Hope all is well with you and the SMB team and hope you guys are trading well. Mike, you know since I came up there I had to do a lot of soul searching to really find my trading edge as well as take care of some other pressing business matters. I was running some numbers on my trade performance, … Read More

One thought to avoid as a trader

I stumbled upon an important article for traders from this tweet from my friend Sean McLaughlin: I found this passage from the article particularly important to us as traders: The vast majority of arguments on social media could be avoided if both sides simply declared at the outset what their timeframe is. You mean we could have diametrically opposed views and … Read More