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March 20, 2014

Aint’ Nothin’ Like the Real Thing, Baby!

When it comes to learning to trade, there really isn’t anything like the real thing. You can read hundreds of books, watch thousands of videos, but without having someone to show you the way to actually DO IT, learning to trade can be tough.

Imagine trying to learn a complex game like chess by reading a book or watching a video. You’ll get some good pointers, but can you really learn to master the game? There is logic, psychology, player interaction, time-tested moves and other intangibles that a book or video can only teach you so much about. You can practice playing the game over and over again as well, but without someone showing you move-by-move, piece-by-piece how to play the game, you’ll never achieve mastery of the game. You need someone to show you how to play, the way to counter certain moves, the way to set up attacks three moves ahead, the way to read your opponent.

That’s the way I learned to trade: Face-to-face, and often toe-to-toe, down on the trading floor. I learned the old fashioned way: By having people around me to show me how to do it. The benefit of being able to ask the experts standing next to me on the trading floor the burning questions that I needed answered. This helped me to reach the level of competency I need to become a successful a trader. It proved to be the biggest contributor to a long and rewarding trading career.

It’s hard for people to learn to trade without access to the knowledge center that I was fortunate enough to have which was smack dab in the middle of the trading floor; and I appreciated that. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have grown up in Chicago and to have gotten a break, getting a job on the trading floor after college. I was able to springboard that opportunity into a successful trading career. I get it. And that’s why, for two days, I am going to help recreate some of that experience for YOU.

We are planning an intensive (but fun) two-day class in Chicago. It will be held at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where I first learned to trade.

We’ve got a GREAT curriculum planned and a really fun social event in the plans as well. Right now, this class has not been made officially public. We’re still in the final stages of planning and we’ll announce all the details next week. Right now, we’d like your input so we can finish off the amazing itinerary we have planned. Please help us create the kind of class you’d love to be a part of—your DREAM CLASS—by answering this short, four-question survey.

Dan Passarelli

CEO, Market Taker Mentoring, Inc.

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October 17, 2013

As a Trader, There’s Safety in Numbers

It wasn’t so much the lack of information, or the connectivity, or even the incredibly low transaction costs; it was the silence. That deafening silence.


When I left the trading floor (for the first time) and began trading as a retail trader, there were a lot of changes I had to get used to. But really it was the silence and lack of communication that was the toughest thing.


On the trading floor, when some market-moving news came out I could hear the roar from the SPX pit, just 100 feet away, erupt in a flurry of activity. That’s when I knew something was going on it was time to trade ‘em up.


There was a lot of support on the trading floor among my peers too. If I ever had any question (really, about anything trading related) I had 1,000 of my closest trader-friends standing around me that I could ask. There was safety in numbers. But sitting alone in my office behind my computer after leaving the floor made it a lot harder. No information from the crowd. No support group. I was going it alone and that’s how I felt: Alone.


This is also some of the feedback I get from my students over and over again. It’s hard to go it alone. So we at Market Taker Mentoring are creating an Elite Trader Community just for our traders: just for YOU.


In a few weeks, we’ll launch a state of the art Trader Community. I can’t show you anything from it yet (It’s still TOP SECRET!). But we’ll be unveiling it in just a couple weeks. So keep an eye out for more information.


In the meantime, we could use your help. We’d really appreciate if you fill out this super short, 5-question survey below…




Dan Passarelli

CEO, Market Taker Mentoring, Inc.


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