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One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading


Praise for One Good Trade

"Bellafiore is a committed and dedicated trader and teacher of the profession. His book shows the same attention to detail and the finer points of making a career in trading."
Howard Lindzon, cofounder and CEO, StockTwits

"A terrific book for traders who desire to gain a complete understanding of the inner workings of proprietary trading and what it takes to become a consistently successful trader."
Charles E. Kirk, The Kirk Report

"If you've ever desired to journey into the professional world of a leading proprietary trading firm—how they organize their strategies, train new traders, select stocks in play, and even fight the mental game of trading, then One Good Trade is certainly the book for you."
Corey Rosenbloom, CMT, President, Afraid to Trade

"One Good Trade is the only book I know that truly takes readers inside the proprietary trading world and explains what it takes to achieve career-long success."
Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, author, TradeFeed blog and The Daily Trading Coach

"With One Good Trade, Mike Bellafiore gives you a front-row seat to see what it takes to become a successful trader in today's volatile markets. The stories and examples of how some traders achieve incredible wealth and how others crash and burn are great lessons for any aspiring trader."
Tim Bourquin, cofounder,

"One Good Trade provides an insider view to the world of proprietary trading. If you are new to trading, you will learn that successful trading requires a lot of hard work, resiliency, discipline, continuous introspection, and a courageousness to challenge yourself and adapt."
Jason Gardner, Managing Director, Head of Trading, Kershner Trading Group

"Exceptional care coupled with a standard of excellence and attention to detail is the mantra that is at the foundation of SMB. Mike and Steve have created a unique and insightful angle to the development of new traders."
Nadav Sapeika, Chief Operating Officer, T3 Live, LLC / T3 Capital Management, LLC

"This book is a must-read for all developing traders and those who are interested in a good read about the behind-the-scenes goings on of a successful trading business."
Brian Shannon, author of Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes

MIKE BELLAFIORE is a cofounder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City. He has had numerous trading articles published in SFO Magazine. SMB regularly appears on CNBC and SMB also hosts four trading shows a week on StockTwits TV, the first Web-native finance television network. Bellafiore's trading strategies have been featured in Brett Steenbarger's book, The Daily Trading Coach, and his trader training program was recently highlighted in Trader Monthly and on the TV documentary Wall Street Warriors. Bellafiore is a regular contributor to the SMB blog, which provides market stories and trading advice. He was a speaker at the 2009 Traders Expo in New York. Bellafiore is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and a former member of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees.


PART I Inside a Prop Trading Firm.

CHAPTER 1 These Guys Are Good.

CHAPTER 2 One Good Trade.

CHAPTER 3 A Good Fit.

PART II Tools of Success.

CHAPTER 4 Pyramid of Success.

CHAPTER 5 Why Traders Fail.

CHAPTER 6 Live to Play Another Day.

PART III Getting Technical.

CHAPTER 7 Stocks In Play.

CHAPTER 8 Reading the Tape.

CHAPTER 9 Maximizing Your Profits with Scoring.

PART IV The Trader's Brain.

CHAPTER 10 Trader Education.

CHAPTER 11 The Best Teacher.

CHAPTER 12 Adapt to the Markets.

CHAPTER 13 The Successful Trader.


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