The education of a trader: The PlayBook

mikebellafiore In my second book, The PlayBook, I advocate archiving a favorite setup from each trading session. After each close, choose a best setup from the session that fits your trading style.  Reverse engineer the variables of that trade.  Archive this trade in a comprehensive format, perhaps like the SMB PlayBook.  As traders we should build from our strengths, doing … Read More

The PlayBook Released in China (and a lesson for traders)

The PlayBook was just released in China! I want to thank my good friend Naida Liu for the translation and finding a Chinese publisher.   Naida also translated One Good Trade into Mandarin and hopefully it will be released as well. For those who do not know, the Chinese markets are considering new trading rules to allow for short-term trading.  They … Read More

A News Pattern Trade: Full Year Beat or Miss

I am a pattern trader. Technical pattern trader. Tape pattern trader. News pattern trader. Whatever the pattern that makes sense to my trading brain, my risk preferences and trading sweet spot that gives me an edge in the market. For the patterns that make the most sense to me I build a PlayBook. One play in my PlayBook is the … Read More

Lessons from an Aspiring Moldova Trader

It is always so interesting and exciting to me to receive notes from aspiring traders all over the world. As much as we complain and carp about our markets, they are still the best in the world. Those worldwide want access to our trading opportunity. It reminds me of Churchill’s famous quote: “It has been said that democracy is the … Read More

“Best Stock Trading Book I Have Read, Easily”

E. Ottens recently wrote a glowing review of The PlayBook for Amazon. We thought you would like to see it: The second-best was Bellafiore’s first book, One Good Trade. I’ve worked at a prop firm for a couple of years and have been consistently profitable for the last nine months. I would advise anyone considering this as a career to … Read More

What are Your Trading Goals for 2014? Share Them Here

Happy New Year! An exercise we ask all of our prop traders in NYC to complete at this time of the year is: Trading Goals for 2014. And then our prop traders will work with their mentors on a plan to achieve these goals. At SMBU, we would love to hear from you about your trading goals for 2014 and … Read More

Should You Develop Process AND Performance Goals for 2014?

Hello Mike, I hope you have had a happy holiday and great end of the year since last time I saw you in Phoenix earlier this year. I have been working on creating 2014 goals for my portfolio but I ran into a problem that maybe you can advise on. The main goals consist of having certain % returns or … Read More