Are there less opportunities in this market into the close for traders?

A reader asked: Hello Mike. I have been involved in trading for a number of years and follow your youtube channel with interest. A quick query when you have some time. Going back a few years, the main ‘focus’ for trading (mainly using the tape) was on the open and the first hour of trading. Then also the last hour … Read More

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

Rules for high conviction trades

During a daily review a developing trader tackled his system for re-entry with high conviction trades. In his words on his high conviction IBB breakout trade, expressed with LABD: (LABD) Was one of my larger picture ideas for the day. Was using this 3X leverage ETF to play the IBB breakout. IBB looked positioned for a breakout on the daily … Read More

Trading lessons from Happy Hour

We held a traders Happy Hour last night for our proprietary trading firm. Some of the new hires having a blast asked how often we hold Happy Hours.  And I thought, “What we don’t cover this during recruiting?”  Note to HR. Rooming the room to check in on everyone a few trading lessons emerged: Traders were gathering and discussing new … Read More