A ?4 the Trading Community- A Rule for Giving Back Profits?

Dr. Steenbarger helped me recognize one of the improvements we could make at SMB awhile ago. The partners and Senior Traders must be responsible for a great deal of teaching and mentoring. But if traders are not leveraging the talent of all firm members then that firm is not offering the best learning environment. Traders learn from other traders and … Read More

Ten Mistakes by BP a Trader Should Never Make

1. No Exit Plan.  There was no exit plan for if the rig (RIG?) exploded.  Before every trade we must decide where and how we will exit BEFORE entering the trade. 2. Live to Play Another Day.  It is not definitive that BP is a viable company going forward even with 6.08 Billion in quarterly profits.  1) When will the … Read More

The Market as a Handful of Stocks

The last couple of days I have been baffled by the market being defined by a handful of stocks. If you’re not in them you have no shot in heck of making any money. Honestly, these days I tend to have about 20–30 positions both on the short and long, market stocks, little stocks, and just about a piece on … Read More

I’m Seeing A Pattern

As I view the list of stocks I traded today and their corresponding P/L I definitely see a pattern. GME, FDX, and NKE all green. APOL a big red. I have written many times about the value of trading stocks with fresh news. Stocks that we refer to as “In Play”. During earnings season there are a huge number of … Read More

A Silly Trade

I highlighted what I thought would be the relevant range for AIG today in our morning meeting (34-36). My reasoning was that AIG needed an inside day prior to making its next large move. I was interested in getting long close to the bottom of the range and short close to the top. The market opened and AIG quickly popped … Read More