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A decent day for me to start the month of February. I have experimented a lot of new trading techniques today, and added more elements to my trading. For example, trading a high beta, in-play earning stock like AMZN. In fact, 1/2 of my daily P&L was generated from AMZN today. 178 was the pre-mkt level we had discussed in the … Read More

Traders Ask: Did I Give Back Too Much of My Open Profit?

Hi Mike, I haven’t hit you up for a trading question in awhile, hoping you have a couple minutes to share your thoughts on a trading issue I’m wrestling with. I am trading only 100 share positions, trying to gain consistency in my day to day efforts before increasing size. I’m wondering how you teach your new traders to manage … Read More

How Long Before You Felt Comfortable/Competent as a Trader?

I just watched Mike’s presentation in Georgia Tech and I have a question that I hope Mike could answer. He was talking about how he would feel at ease practicing basketball. I played competitively for 12 years and I know exactly what he is talking about. The court is like my home and I feel an inner peace and happiness whenever … Read More

This is How You Make More Money

I tweeted on the open: A pattern to master for the open: The Opening Drive. See STX in the first ten minutes this am. My inbox is dominated with trading reviews of SMB Traders thirsting to make more, blog readers the same, and new traders looking for the path. Well here it is. The clean, trending STX. I traded it on the … Read More

The Language of the Successful Trader

Trader A has overperformed since his start at SMB relative to his experience and peers. Trader B has underperformed relative to his experience with us. Trader A went to a middle of the road school. Trader B has a very impressive educational background. Both love trading. Both are guys you build a firm around. So what separates the two? Their … Read More

An Argument for Why Not Trading Much Makes No Sense

So I work with a trader who started very well. I was very happy with his progress. He was consistent with his results. Steve frequently would remark at his over-performance given his experience. And then recently he has not traded well.  So much so that yesterday I wrote him this email: Hey, what is going on w u? Something bothering … Read More

How do I regain my trading confidence?

Hi Mike, I think it’s crazy (in a great way) that a successful trader/prop firm manager/author still takes time to answer random question from traders… Thanks so much for considering responding to mine. First, a bit of background so you know where I’m coming from. I started trading at the beginning of 2004 at a prop firm in Chicago that … Read More

Is this a tape reading play that you make?

Mike/Bella/Mr. Bellafiore, First, I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for the trading community. I’ve learned orders of magnitude more from the fruits of your efforts than from any other single source since I’ve started trading. You’re doing great things. My question is about tape reading. How would you describe the difference between tape action that signals a … Read More