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PlayBook, The: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader (Paperback)

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PlayBook, The: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader (Paperback)


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Attend a "trading boot camp" at a leading proprietary trading firm and learn from an experienced trading coach to trade like a professional.

  • Learn how to develop a trading playbook that makes sense to you
  • Watch new traders execute trades and then learn by following their expert instructors' tough critiques
  • Master the multiple trades and strategies you need to survive and succeed as a professional trader


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-518889-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-518889-7

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.

Sample Content

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


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