Posts Tagged ‘ trading mentor ’

7 ideas for improving your trading consistency

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
I was recently a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University sharing my knowledge of trading and trader development with interested students.  At the end of my lecture, a student approached and asked, "How can I improve my trading consistency?" We have polled our trading community for the top trading issues they would like to solve, and trading consistency consistently makes the list. Many have some success in trading, trades where they really get it.  Trades where they really have edge.  And then they also have periods of frustration and losses.  If they could just keep the good trades and rid the bad ones. At the Read more [...]


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 [...]


How do I start as a trader?

Mar 7th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Recently I visited Pace University investment club to talk about the life of a proprietary trader.  We make an effort to reach out to college trading clubs and college investment clubs and meet their members.  Some of our best traders have come from these clubs.  Also, college students rarely get to interact with a professional trader so sharing our experience is helpful. At my presentation for Pace a sharp member asked, "How do you recommend we get started trading?" It is a great question.  I have written about this extensively in The PlayBook, but let me offer an outline here: Read, read, read about markets Read more [...]


The danger of the overconfident trader

Feb 12th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Yesterday I wrote about a trader struggling with added size and risk.  In seeking a solution for this trader one possible area of focus was overconfidence.  How does it happen?  Why is it dangerous?  What can we do to combat overconfidence? You trade well.  You are seeing screens well and the market is trading in a way that allows your strengths to produce outsized PnL.  Your firm gives you a bump in size and risk.  Everyone around you sees you slaying the market and comes over with the fist bumps and giggles.  On a prop desk, you get followed around more by traders engaging you in your trading.  You are the BMOD Read more [...]


A trader struggles with added risk

Feb 11th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Here is an anecdote from our proprietary trading desk in NYC. A consistently profitable trader (CPT) shot me an email this week to chat about struggling with a recent bump in share size and risk.  He felt he had taken a step back with his trading after being given the opportunity by the firm to take a few steps forward with his newfound share size and risk. His recent struggles: forcing trades forcing size with trades hitting bids to enter short trades because he could unease with the new numbers on his PnL anxiousness This CPT had experienced this before with recent bumps.  So we chatted about a Read more [...]


A loud coaching session on the desk

Feb 9th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments
Yesterday we had a loud, unscheduled coaching session with the newest traders on our desk.  There were raised voices and language not suitable for network TV. By my count this was the third time these newest traders did not meet an acceptable level of AM preparation.  I am not suggesting they did not prepare.  I am not suggesting they did not compile many trading ideas on our AM Ideas sheet.  I am suggesting they missed a few trading opportunities that they should not have because it was not on their AM Ideas sheet. One trader carped about a missed 2nd Day play in KORS.  What are you complaining about in real-time 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 [...]


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