The Right Stocks

A trader is only as good as the stocks that they are trading. Recently, a bunch of guys on our desk have made money trading CHK and HK. They were making nice chops every day. Sometimes its hard to let go of stock that you have been consistently making money in. But it is essential for this job to recognize … Read More

Take Advantage of this Opportunity

Our new traders love to hear “back in the day” stories. You know the late 90’s when day traders were making 6 figures a month. What was the most you ever made in one day is a frequent question. And I tell our prop traders the story about when the Fed cut rates surprisingly intraday by 50 basis points. Now … Read More

Allure of the Fast Mover

So while reviewing my day’s trading film with a senior trader and a group of young up-and-coming millionaires, I was caught taking a position in a “fast mover”. I characterize a fast mover as those times when you can buy a small amount of shares (or large, if you possess the dinero y cajones) and possibly catch a point or … Read More

Times are hard

Market Overview Looking at this picture makes me sick. There are very few days when you can see almost every sector in the red. If that’s not a sign of a bear market I don’t know what else is. I do have to say that I was not expecting that kind of sell off today. In fact, if you listened … Read More

Are You Making Money?

We teach our day trading desk, SMB Capital, in New York City to check to see which stocks they are making money in.  I supposed a new prop trader reading this might say, “How could I not know that? Or that seems like a complete waste of time.”  You would be surprised.  The human mind is a funny thing.  It does not … Read More

Missed Opportunity

One of the things I take great pride in is understanding the potential moves that may occur on any given day. This applies equally to stocks that I may be trading as well as the market in general. Today, I was unprepared for the large bounce that occurred in the market during the final 90 minutes of trading. Currently, US … Read More

Go Home Flat

We teach our day traders at SMB Capital to flatten out before the Close. We do so because they are learning how to trade and are not ready to take positions for extended periods of time. At the start of your career you should learn how to trade. Not load up on a position and hope for the best. Well … Read More

That’s a Good One Mr. PhD

It must be good to be a PhD quant for a hedge fund with plenty of money to spare. It is no secret that PhD quants get paid very well for the value they add to a fund. The funny thing is that a vast majority of these geniuses will hardly ever be good active equity traders. Yes thats right, … Read More