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Mike Bellafiore

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#83 Mike Bellafiore - Striving for Excellence in Prop Trading

The AlphaMind Podcast

Mike Bellafiore is co-founder of SMB Capital, one of the world's leading Proprietary Trading firms, based in New York City.  Mike has  authored two outstanding and highly popular trading books, One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading and the The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader. For many new and aspiring traders, the chance to work in a proprietary trading firm, is the holy grail of trading. It is trading’s equivalent of making it to Broadway or being recruited by a major sports team or franchise. In this episode Mike talks about the realities of working in a Proprietary Trading firm, and how the focus on learning, development and mentoring is such a vital ingredient which helps his traders in striving for excellence in their prop trading. Mike shares with us how SMB puts a heavy emphasis on learning and continual improvement, and in supporting their traders to become the elite. What you will hear in this interview how SMB’s focus on, and a culture of, continual improvement and striving for excellence, is the fuel behind their success and is what helps so many traders at SMB capital to not just achieve their dreams, but to exceed them.  Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeBellafioreFollow SMB Capital on Twitter @smbcapitalBooks by Mike Bellafiore One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader. AlphaMind Socials:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlphaMind101Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-alphamind-podcast/id1467395734 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1K4nmn10uoqZjF4q0ijeqQTwitter: Steve Goldstein @AlphaMind 101 Mark Randall @AlphaMind 102 Blog: https://alphamindblog.blogspot.com/ AlphaMind ServicesWeaponizing the Trader's Mind - A Powerful Group Coaching Programme: Find out more.Powering Performance in Global Markets AlphaMind brings powerful change, growth and development to people and businesses within global markets. Driven by a deep understanding of how markets work, and how people and businesses function within them, we partner with clients to create personal performance improvements that elevate returns across their trading activities.Go to the AlphaMind website to know more.

56mins

21 Jan 2022

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Tips for successful trading with Dr. Steenbarger & Mike Bellafiore | Traders Improved (#133)

Traders Improved Trading Podcast

We had the honor to talk to Dr. Brett Steenbarger (Psychologist, Trader, Author, Trading Coach) and Mike Bellafiore (Co-Founder of the proprietary trading firm SMB Capital and author). We had a wide-ranging conversation and talked about what sets successful traders apart, how to use your emotions, what it means to trade without ego and many more gems. If you want us to do a round 2, let us know in the comments and let us know what we should ask Dr. Steenbarger and Mike Bellafiore next time. Mike Bellafiore YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/smbcapital All Books: https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Bellafiore/e/B003AR5VFE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1599112187&sr=8-3 Website: https://smbcap.com/ Dr. Breet Steenbarger Blog: http://traderfeed.blogspot.com/ All books: https://www.amazon.com/Brett-N-Steenbarger/e/B001IGSOBM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1599112108&sr=8-1 Radical Renewal: https://leadingrenewal.blogspot.com/

59mins

3 Sep 2020

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Developing Your Niche – Mike Bellafiore

Futures Radio Show

Topics: Developing Your NicheStatistical EdgeMental EdgeImportance of De-Stressing Download my Trading Instincts e-book!  Guest: Mike BellafioreCo-Founder and Partner at SMB Capital Mike’s Resources TwitterWebsite If you enjoyed this interview be sure to listen to these other episodes: Trading Psychology – Denise Shull Confident Carefree Fearless Focused – Matt PAX Kenah Futures Radio is a weekly talk show hosted by 21-year futures veteran and CME member Anthony Crudele, an ex-pit trader and one of the first to trade the E-Mini S&P. Each week Anthony talks with traders, CEOs, and other proven market participants about relevant trading and investing information. www.FuturesRadioShow.com

19mins

27 Jul 2020

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Mike Bellafiore and Brett Steenbarger - Prop Trading: The Psychology Of Growing Your Trading Business

Trading Conversations

Today's guests are Mike Bellafiore and Brett Steenbarger. Mike is the Co-founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City, and SMB Training, its trader education division. He is also the author of the “trading classic” One Good Trade and The PlayBook. As an international lecturer, Mike has built trader trading programs globally for hedge funds, prop trading desks, and retail traders and personally coaches select elite traders outside his firm. Besides having his company’s trader training program highlighted in the TV documentary Wall Street Warriors, Mike has also appeared regularly on CNBC’s Fast Money, CNNMoney, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. Dr Brett Steenbarger, Ph.D is a Teaching Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, while working as a performance coach for a variety of portfolio management and trading firms. Over the years, Brett has written many classic trading books including The Psychology of Trading (Wiley, 2003), Enhancing Trader Performance (Wiley, 2006), The Daily Trading Coach (Wiley, 2009), Trading Psychology 2.0 (Wiley, 2015), and Radical Renewal (2019).

1hr 21mins

30 Apr 2020

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212: Prop Firm Trading & Performing Like A Pro - Mike Bellafiore

Desire To Trade Podcast | Forex Trading & Interviews with Highly Successful Traders

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/ >> Watch the video interview! 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 What type of traders do Mike and SMB like to see in prospective traders 28:02 Incredible level of investment into new talent at SMB: "We give everything we got to those people" 33:05 Great traders may not always be "traditionally" talented 33:42 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! What is one thing you are going to implement after listening to this podcast? Leave a comment below, or join me in the Facebook group! Resources Mentioned 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 DesireToTRADE's Top Resources DesireToTRADE Forex Trader Community (free group!) Complete Price Action Strategy Checklist One-Page Trading Plan (free template) Recommended broker: AxiTrader (use our link to get a special bonus) Desire To TRADE Academy About The Desire To Trade Podcast Subscribe via iTunes (take 2 seconds and leave the podcast a review!) Subscribe via Stitcher Subscribe via TuneIn Subscribe via Google Play See all podcast episodes How To Find Mike Bellafiore? E-mail Twitter SMB Capital Website  SMB Capital Youtube What is one thing you are going to implement after listening to this podcast episode? Leave a comment below, or join me in the Facebook group!

47mins

16 Sep 2019

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Short Stops - #27: The One Where We Went to New York (Dr. Brett Steenbarger & Mike Bellafiore)

Short Stops

Hosted by Edmund Lee, President & CEO of the Caylum Trading Institute, Short Stops is your weekly stock market update featuring the top trading news, tips and stock picks in Metro Manila and around the world."The traders who are uncoachable are the ones who refuse to seek a coach out to begin with." - Dr. Brett Steenbarger (https://traderfeed.blogspot.com/)This one is for our guys. Our junior and senior traders. Our team leaders and trainers. The ones who walk into the office every morning with the determination to make money but with an even greater desire to continue learning, adapting and growing with this market. Mike said it best - you need to love what you do but more importantly, you have to want to get better and better at it every single day. It's a performance sport. You are, in so many ways, an athlete. You have to work hard, show up and strive to be the best."Even successful traders need to keep learning and we need to give them that space to grow. Whether you're making one million dollars or three million dollars a year, it shouldn't stop there." - Mike Bellafiore, co-founder of SMB Capital (http://smbcap.com/)In this episode of Short Stops, our Director of Marketing & Operations, Eleanore Lee-Teo, flies out to New York City after being granted an exclusive interview with clinical psychologist & performance coach, Dr. Brett Steenbarger, as well as the Mike Bellafiore, co-founder of SMB Capital, one of the leading proprietary trading desks in the city. With a focus on developing elite traders in the industry, these are only a few of the insights shared by these trading greats:- The value of having a Purpose- Why training is important - how to increase your odds of success and what can you can do to maximize that- "You have to trade like I do." - One of the worst messages that a coach can relay to their team- "The best traders focus on the process and not just their P&L. The best traders are never satisfied. They want to get better and better everyday."- Develop a Playbook - Find your Best Setups- Statistics Don't Lie - Why reviewing and recording the trades that you make is essential- Adaptability and Consistency. Adaptability and Consistency. We cannot stress this enough.- The Stages of Trader Development (Learning, Consistency, Sizing, Expanding your Playbook and Sophistication)There is so much more wisdom to be gained. If you would like to learn more, their books will be highly recommended tools to place in your arsenal. Dr. Brett Steenbarger is the author of The Daily Trading Coach, The Psychology of Trading, Enhancing Trader Performance and Trading Psychology 2.0. Mike Bellafiore is the author of One Good Trade and The Playbook. They have also been featured on multiple podcasts and media spots such Bloomberg, CNN Money and BBC.Get your next trading insight and find your baggers right here on Short Stops. Powered by the Caylum Trading Institute. www.cayluminstitute.com--Record Date: NOVEMBER 1, 2018Introduction Music: (credits to)Vodovoz Music Productions on YouTube

50mins

1 Nov 2018

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All Star Interviews Season 2, Episode 5: Mike Bellafiore of SMB Capital

The Allstarcharts Podcast on Technical Analysis Radio: Current Market Analysis For Traders

There are few people in this world who spend as much time with active traders as Mike Bellafiore, who has been a Managing Partner at SMB Capital since 2005. I think his unique perspective on trading and traders themselves is the perfect compliment to a lot of the other guests that we’ve had on the podcast. In this episode, Mike talks about some of the qualities that he’s seen in the more successful traders as well as common mistakes he sees being made on the desk. Throughout the conversation, Mike gives us an inside look into the trading floor, how they separate traders into teams and the way the more experienced, proven traders help the younger up and comers. I really enjoyed this one! Click here to see all of the Charts mentioned in this episode

47mins

13 Sep 2018

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162: Mike Bellafiore – The Formula for How to Become a 7-Figure Day Trader

Chat With Traders

Returning for this episode, is Mike Bellafiore—the co-founder of New York City prop trading firm, SMB Capital. Mike is also the author of One Good Trade and The Playbook, and he was the featured guest on episode 022.As the title suggests, the purpose of our conversation is to breakdown how you can formulate a plan for becoming a 7-figure day trader. Mike is well-qualified to speak on this subject, because he’s mentored and lead traders within his own firm to reach this level of trading success.There are no quick fixes packed into this episode, but there is real value—if you listen carefully, take notes and intentionally act on some of Mike’s suggestions, I know it will make a difference over time.--Don’t miss the upcoming LIVE podcast event in Sydney, with special guest John “RAMBO” Moulton. And did I mention there’s beers ‘n pizza too?! → Get tickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

12 May 2018

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034: Trade With An Edge w/ Mike Bellafiore

Desire To Trade Podcast | Forex Trading & Interviews with Highly Successful Traders

Trade With Edge w/ Mike BellafioreEpisode 34 of the Desire To Trade Podcast features 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. During this interview, we discussed the traits traders must develop in order to succeed. At one point, I asked Mike what advice he had for struggling traders. He pointed out something very insightful. In his opinion, traders can't start and be successful right away. Struggling is simply part of the progress. There is a process traders must follow if they want to see results. It takes time but Mike Bellafiore, without any doubts, know what it's like. What’s covered in the podcast? How Mike Bellafiore started to trade How the learning phase is broken down A great piece of advice for struggling traders The culture at SMB Capital Andrew's #1 lesson for any trader What keeps Mike motivated each day And so much more...

29mins

4 Apr 2016

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29 - Mike Bellafiore on $600K/Year Proprietary Trading

Trading Story: Trading Interviews, Tips & Inspiration For Newer Traders

Mike Bellafiore is a New York City trader. Mike co-founded SMB Capital with a some trading buddies. SMB is a proprietary trading firm focused on helping newer traders become successful traders trading their system. In fact, some of his traders now make $600,000/year after trading three short years. If you're interested in learning more about proprietary trading or prop trading, this episode for you.

42mins

29 Jun 2015

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