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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.
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