From the Editor’s Desk
This month we introduce Contributing Editor Molly Schilling, an MTA affiliate. In this issue, you’ll find Part 1 of her In-Depth interview with Josh Rosen. Molly did an outstanding job providing insight into the mind and work of a New York Stock Exchange Specialist with Kellogg Group. As a market maker on the floor of the NYSE, Josh is one of the people responsible for ensuring traders can trade. What and how he thinks may lead to insights that help us trade better.
During the May Seminar in New York I had the chance to ask Josh why the floor at every exchange is always gunning for my stops. He had a very Michael Corleone-like expression as he told me it was nothing personal, just business. Stops tend to be clustered and it’s his role to provide liquidity. He must assume that we want trades to occur at the stop prices, and he is only doing his job when he allows me to exit my long at the low of the day. He also pointed out that in the very short term, stop points usually represent good buy or sell prices. When you think about it, stops are support and resistance and as traders, we expect bounces at these levels.
From that conversation, I learned to place wider stops. The losses are bigger when they are hit, but they are hit less often. Overall, that short talk with Josh has helped me to become a little more profitable. And, conversations like that represent the largest part of the value of my MTA membership.
In coming months, Molly will be offering more insights into the minds that make the markets. Hopefully we can all learn a little from each of her skillful interviews. As always, I hope you learn a great deal from this issue of Technically Speaking.
Mike Carr, CMT
Editor, Technically Speaking
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