How do I start the trading day green?

A trader wrote to me seeking feedback on a trading problem he was having. Question to @MikeBellafiore … I noticed, that on most of my days I start in the red. The first couple of trades are usually losses and often I reach my set daily max loss before starting to see profits. What surprises me most, I usually recover … Read More

Two different paths to improved trading consistency

I have observed two different paths to improved trading consistency for active traders. Camp 1- Positive on most trading sessions, with minimal drawdowns relative to profitability Camp 2- Middling around, controlling risk, and then catching largely profitable trades Most traders fall into Camp 1 of daily and systematically churning out profits.  They keep their risk low.  Their gains are more … Read More

How to think about Reading the Tape

I received this question from an SMB DNA Student on Tape Reading and will answer in this blog post. Bella, I am working on documenting what I should be looking on the Tape and came up with a list after reading your 2 books (some of them are the same observation). My first question is whether I miss something:           Also, … Read More

Weekend learning lessons for traders from SMB

Working on your trading game during the weekend is a terrific way to improve. Here is the best from SMB this week, filled with learning lessons, to help your trading. A trade that few retail and independent traders know about but that most pros profit on These are three things that could help 7 values for your trading career A … Read More

This is trading discipline

A junior trader at the firm has found trading discipline.  Do you agree?  He wrote: Overall thoughts: Implementing a new rule today of sitting on my hands until 10am. It felt pretty strange missing out on the action on the open especially on ROKU, but I made this new rule for a greater purpose because I am a disciplined trader now. It … Read More

Should I skip the afternoon trading session?

Let me offer some ideas for you to consider.  Try the ones that make sense to you. If you do not have edge, after measuring, during a time of day, then you should seriously consider skipping that session. If you do not have edge during a time a day (again after measuring), at a minimum, you ought to analyze what … Read More