212: Prop Firm Trading & Performing Like A Pro – @MikeBellafiore
Prop Firm Trading & Performing Like A Pro
In episode 212 of the Desire To Trade Podcast, I sit down for a 2nd time with Mike Bellafiore, the co-founder of SMB Capital, a well-known proprietary trading firm based in New York, USA. Mike is also the author of One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading and The PlayBook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader.
SMB Capital’s trader-training program was highlighted in the TV documentary Wall Street Warriors. His firm has appeared regularly on CNBC’s Fast Money, CNNMoney, Bloomberg, and Fox Business.
I first heard of Mike Bellafiore and SMB Capital through Mike's first book called One Good Trade. It describes how things are done in a proprietary trading firm and provides real stories of traders who had or hadn't what it took to thrive in this world of trading. I highly recommend the book!
Mike has a lot of experience working with traders and came to understand what made them successful. He also knows what the learning process looks like for a trader.
As some of you may know Mike and SMB Capital help sponsor Traders4ACause which is a charitable organization focused on value. They make a yearly conference in Las Vegas in which all proceeds are donated to a set of charities. If you want to assist to the next event, get great trading related value and networking and help a good cause you can check out the event, register and donate at: https://traders4acause.org
In This Episode, You'll Learn…
- Who is Mike Bellafiore and what has he and SMB done since the last interview [00:33]
- How the whole ambient and culture of SMB encourages traders to continues improvement (concrete steps they take to improve every day) [06:05]
- How SMB use technology to improve their discretionary trading [07:41]
- How Mike and SMB are implementing algorithms and technology into a trading desk [10:44]
- How to implement a hybrid approach to automated trading [16:24]
- What does it take for someone to be hired by a prop firm like SMB [20:05]
- The importance of measuring trading performance and process [36:14]
- The biggest mistake Mike sees traders make [40:57]
- Should a trader copy other trader's style or make their own? [43:42]
- Where you can find Mike Bellafiore [45:58]
- Which is Mike's vision for the future [46:45]
- And much more!
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- The PlayBook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader
- One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading
- Traders4ACause Anual Charity Conference
- Past Interview: Trade With Market Edge & Stick To One Good Trade
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