Posts Tagged ‘ trading course ’

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Reading the Tape is all you need

Sep 9th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
Reading the Tape is all you need! For some trades and some traders that is. One savvy trader in an email exchange with veteran traders, said it so well: When we teach our new traders to make trade decisions, we ask them to consider 5 variables: The Big Picture Technical Analysis Reading the Tape Intraday Fundamentals Intuition On most trades we want our traders considering ALL of these variables to make a trade decision, so that their trade decisions are best. But, but, but the savvy trader above said it so well.  You can make trade decisions JUST from the tape, or order flow.  That is enough Read more [...]


There is another way to a higher PnL

Aug 30th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
In this blog post, I will challenge you to find another way to a higher PnL.  We will use a trade review from a conscientious trader to teach  this principle. This is a common mistake of stunted thinking made by developing traders. It is one where human nature leads us against our self-interest. If you can learn to think differently about your potential progress, you just might make some. At the end of each day, one of our promising traders loops me into his trade review.   I look forward to these reviews that hit my inbox right after the close.  Because that is what a consciencious trader does.  Today he wrote: SPU Read more [...]


Do We Really Need Rules?

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: General Comments
At SMBU we believe those with a passion for trading ought to start trading in college. We created the SMB College Training Program run by Iceman from The PlayBook for this very reason. Jake is a passionate college trader trying to create a track record while in school to land a spot on a prop trading desk. He will write a weekly blog about his trader learning experience. You can e-mail him at [email protected] ---- This post was written on August 23, 2013. If you have developed a clear set of rules (entry signal, exit signal, risk management, money management, etc.) that you feel comfortable with, then you should not hesitate Read more [...]


Mike Bellafiore and Ralph Acampora on Benzinga #PreMarket Prep

May 29th, 2015 | By | Category: General Comments
Mike Bellafiore was a guest on Benzinga #PreMarket Prep. Below you can listen to his interview and one with the godfather of technical analysis Ralph Acampora. Listen here. Here is what you will learn from Mike during this interview: 1) The market is not fair.  Get over it! 2) One of his favorite trades: Changing Fundamentals Trade 3) How prop traders are attacking markets against the bots 4) Why he was leaning long ULTA, long GME and short $DECK below 70 5) Why DECK moved 15 percent in the afterhours Listen to the daily broadcast live: premarket.benzinga.com/pre-market-show/ #PreMarket Prep for May Read more [...]