Choking and Trading

October 25th, 2014 The most painful sports phenomenon to watch is choking. I can get almost nauseous when I see a skilled, highly practiced athlete fall apart in the last minute. Imagine- he’s been ahead the whole way and yet manages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. We know that the stress in these situations is huge but no one wants to choke under pressure. A couple of days ago, I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and the author of Choke. The book is about how our brain reacts to stressful situations and how we can mitigate the pressure that comes with it.  Her Read more [...]

Mike Bellafiore Interviewed on Blog Talk Radio

October 25th, 2014 Mike Bellafiore was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio last night by @solutionsology_. Bella discussed: 1) How to transition into trading without quitting your job 2) How SMB is preparing for the Ebola trade and then will trade what they see 3) How traders must pick direction AND at the right time AND while controlling risk/reward Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with everydayRADIO on BlogTalkRadio *no relevant positions Read more [...]

How I Traded $YELP (Video)

October 24th, 2014 There are three things you need for every trade. Below we discuss a short trade in $YELP. More importantly we discuss how intraday traders must not just be right with direction, but also with time (or seeing the catalyst for the trade) AND while controlling your risk/reward. If you are just right about direction your results will be inconsistent, you will not be scalable, and at times you will place yourself in a position of weakness. *no relevant positions Read more [...]

John Locke Group Mentoring Open House: Session 2 of 2

October 24th, 2014 October was our Open House for John’s group mentoring sessions to give traders, who are not registered for the course all year, a chance to see why so many options traders find these mentoring sessions critical to their implementation of John’s options strategies. For those of you who are new to SMBU Options, John Locke is an experienced options trader and mentor, who is well known for devising unique and sophisticated options strategies designed for most market situations. The session covers options trading in general, but the focus will be on John’s special trading techniques, which can be difficult to master without ongoing Read more [...]

Seth Freudberg to address Scottsdale Traders and Investors Meetup Group

October 22nd, 2014 Seth Freudberg, director of SMBU’s Options Training Program, will be in Scottsdale, Arizona this Thursday evening, October 23,  presenting to the Scottsdale Arizona Meetup group on the subject of how to become a professional trader. For those of you interested in trading, Seth will also be available all of Thursday and Friday morning to meet with you personally. You can reach out to, to schedule a meeting time with him if you happen to be in the Phoenix area. If you would like to attend Seth's presentation in Scottsdale, there is a $15.00 admission fee and you also need to register and Read more [...]

One Good Trade Review

October 22nd, 2014 *****This is a guest blog contribution from Jeff Williams, a hedge fund manager, PMP, and PMO Director***** — Editor’s Note One Good Trade is a great book! I bought the version, as I do a lot of driving. Good narration. This book is not a step-by-step guide on how to trade and it doesn’t advertise itself to be, so ignore bad reviews by people looking for how to enter and exit trades. What this book does is provide an insightful and engaging story of life on a proprietary trading desk, a “prop desk.” Think of it in terms of a documentary with strong character development that draws you in. I hated Read more [...]

Options Trading for Income with John Locke for October 20, 2014

October 21st, 2014

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SMBU’s Options Tribe Webinar, Tuesday, October 28, 2014: Craig Hilsenrath: A safer way to trade put credit spreads

October 21st, 2014 This coming week, Craig Hilsenrath returns to the Options Tribe to discuss two alternatives to put credit spreads. In Craig’s word’s ‘One of the most popular uses of options is selling premium for income. Most traders start out selling covered calls and quickly move on to naked puts. But, shorting puts can sometimes be a hair-raising activity. In order to limit risk and reduce the number sleepless nights many traders utilize put credit spreads. Although selling put verticals can achieve the aforementioned goals, they may not be the best vehicle for limiting risk. This talk will explore two alternatives to put credit spreads Read more [...]
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