The Playbook: An Inside Look At How To Think Like A Professional Trader

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

byMike Bellafiore

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Want to become a truly great trader – either for yourself or for a proprietary trading firm? This book will help you get there. This unique approach is the closest thing to signing up for a “trader boot camp” yourself! 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. One trade at a time, 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, this is an exciting guide to real-world trading.

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Want to become a truly great trader – either for yourself or for a proprietary trading firm? This book will help you get there. This unique approach is the closest thing to signing up for a “trader boot camp” yourself! You’ll learn by watching new traders walk through actual trades, explain what they’ve tried to do, and try to survive ...

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"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 ...

Mike Bellafiore is the co-founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City; SMBU, their education arm; and SMB Systems Trading, their algorithmic trading division. He is the author of “the trading classic” One Good Trade. His firm has regularly appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN Money, Fox Business, the BBC, and in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.56 × 7.38 × 1.16 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0132937646

ISBN - 13:9780132937641

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1

Chapter 1: The PlayBook     17

Chapter 2: Trade Like a Shark     53

Chapter 3: The Day Knight Capital Almost Fell (A Support Play)     81

Chapter 4: TO: How Good Can You Be?     115

Chapter 5: Follow the Trading Path of Pippen     159

Chapter 6: Special Projects: Get Ready to Trade Pro     197

Chapter 7: Prep     229

Chapter 8: We Are All Rudy     269

Chapter 9: Iceman: No Guts,No Glory     307

Chapter 10: GMan: Trading Is Not Easy     345

Chapter 11: South Africa     379

Conclusion     405

References     411

Index     423