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Michael Bellafiore


SMB Capital

  • Co-Founder of SMB Capital
  • Author- One Good Trade and The PlayBook
  • Board Member- Traders4ACause

About Michael

Mike Bellafiore is the co-founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City, and SMB Training, its trader education division. He is the author of the "trading classic" One Good Trade and The PlayBook. Mr. Bellafiore also authored a chapter for The StockTwits Edge, in which he discussed a favorite trading setup. He writes regularly for the SMB Training blog where he shares ideas on how to improve trading performance. SMB's trading techniques were noted in The Daily Trading Coach: 101 Lessons for Becoming Your Own Trading Psychologist, written by Dr. Steenbarger. As an international lecturer, Mr. Bellafiore has built trader trading programs globally for hedge funds, prop trading desks, and retail traders, and personally coaches select elite traders outside his firm.

Michael's Articles

Veteran trader Mike Bellafiore, of SMB Capital, shares an interaction he had with a trader of his firm whose back was against the wall to illustrate the importance of traders identifying the pre-market preparation and thought processes that worked one day and then doing the same thing every day.
Many developing and new traders struggle with comprehending the difference between the trades that will work from the trades that will not work, so veteran trader Mike Bellafiore of SMB Capital suggests they spice up their smart trade ideas with these four extra ingredients.
Veteran trader Mike Bellafiore of SMB Capital shares a question-and-answer between him and a trader about how many trades to make—on average—per trading day.
Veteran trader Mike Bellafiore of SMB Capital exposes the mistakes that new and retail traders often make when they don’t trade a stock with a true catalyst and highlights the two simple keys for traders to remember in order to avoid this pitfall.

Michael's Videos

In this 30-minute webinar, Max Ganik, a successful developing trader, will share his monthly trading review with mentor, Mike Bellafiore, and coach, Brett Steenbarger, for a recreation of the formal trading reviews that occur at SMB Capital. Particular focus will be given to identifying trading strengths and areas for improvement, with an emphasis on setting goals and plans for the coming month. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of the participants to help them structure their trading reviews as effectively as possible to maximize learning and performance improvement.
The current market environment presents unprecedented volatility, risk, and opportunity for active traders. A number of traders Mike Bellafiore and Brett Steenbarger work with are posting record performance. In this webinar, they will describe in detail what these successful traders are doing, including:
  • Best practices for home-based trading

  • Adapting to volatile, uncertain market conditions

  • Making the most of online teamwork

At the end of the session, Mr. Bellafiore and Mr. Steenbarger will take questions and address the specific challenges that participants are facing in their trading and trading psychology.
Mike Bellafiore, Co-Founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in NYC, and the author of One Good Trade and The PlayBook shares what best practices and trades are working best in this market. He will present 5 SMB Challenges for you to add to your trading to see better results. These ideas will span from trading psychology to trading strategy. As always, Mike will stay after to answer your trading questions one-on-one.

Michael's Books

Michael Bellafiore

The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader

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.