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Want to become a truly great trader—either for yourself or as a trader for a proprietary trading firm? The PlayBook will help you get there.

The PlayBook utilizes a unique approach that is the closest thing to signing up for a "trader boot camp”. You’ll learn by "watching" new traders walk through actual trades, explain what they’ve tried to do, and try to survive brutally tough expert critiques. The PlayBook reveals how professional traders must think in order to succeed "under fire,” how they assess their own performance, and how they work relentlessly to improve. Using concrete, actionable setups drawn from his extensive trading and training experience, Bellafiore walks through an extraordinary array of trades, showing readers how to maximize profits and avoid disastrous hidden pitfalls. He covers support plays, bull-and-bear flags, opening drives, important intraday levels, bounce and fade trades, pullbacks, scalps, technical opportunities, consolidation, relative strength, market trades, and more. He also presents indispensable insights on psychology and trader development, based on his work with hundreds of traders on a major commodity exchange and an elite prop firm’s trading desk.

Packed with color, personality, and realism, The PlayBook is an exciting guide to real-world trading

The PlayBook is available for purchase on Amazon ( 
paperback and Kindle).

What traders are saying about The PlayBook

"Written by one of the world's best trading coaches, The PlayBook teaches traders who do not trade U.S. equities how a pro does. At the largest prop firm in South Africa, Mike coached our guys to add U.S. equities to their trading quiver. This memorable experience is archived in humorous, engaging, and educational detail to help you build your own playbook."

—Garreth Montano and Kevin Thomas, Managing Partners, African Gateway and Storm Securities

"Mike is one of the most generous sharers to the StockTwits trading community in real-time with his trading thoughts and blogging. The PlayBook is another wonderful contribution from SMB Capital and its co-founder to the trading community."

—Howard Lindzon, CEO of StockTwits

"The PlayBook teaches traders how to build a personal methodology and how to be scalable. It demonstrates the necessity for traders to embrace technology and become more bionic, so they improve their P&L. The PlayBook offers a peek into the future of trading and who will be successful. This is an important book."

—Andy Kershner, CEO of Kershner Trading Group

*Testimonials are not compensated

"Having worked with SMB traders, I love how this book shares the real psychological struggles pro traders face, even the best ones, and explains the importance of continually working on yourself to become a Consistently Profitable Trader."

—Andrew Menaker, Ph.D, Trading Psychologist

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