Context Is King – Merritt Black

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Context Is King – Merritt Black


Merritt Black

Head of Futures & Commodities at SMB Capital

Record Date:  8/14/18


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  1. Choosing to Trade Futures over Stocks
  2. Choosing Prop Trader vs Independent Trader
  3. Why Merritt Trades Crude Oil
  4. Merritt’s Technical Strategy
  5. What gives Merritt an Edge & Why    
  6. Entry & Exit Strategy
  7. Context is King
  8. Trading around a Core Position
  9. Process for Trading Bigger
  10. Trading Psychology          

Rapid Fire:

Q. What Trader has influenced your life the most?
A. The guys at SMB Capital

Q. What was one of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome in trading?
A. Myself

Q. How has your trading process evolved over the years?
A. Started off with clean charts and just focused on price & then added a contextual layer with Market Profile.

Q. What is one attribute you believe every trader should have?
A. Dogged tenacity.

Q. Favorite Book About Trading?
A. Trading in the Zone

Q. Favorite Movie or TV Show About Trading?
A. Trading Places

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve received about Trading?
A. First be unoriginal   

Q. If you could give the younger you advice after everything you’ve learned about trading what would it be?
A. Teach how to prevent lying to myself

Q. When you’re not trading what’s your favorite thing to do?
A. Golf

Guest Resources:

Futures Radio is a weekly talk show hosted by 18-year futures veteran and CME member Anthony Crudele, an ex-pit trader and one of the first to trade the E-Mini S&P. Each week Anthony talks with traders, CEOs, and other proven market participants about relevant trading and investing information.

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2 Responses

  1. great interview. very insightful on almost all aspects of trading. will listen to this interview a few more times

  2. This may be the finest interview with a trader on trading that I have ever heard. There are some real gold nuggets in hear. Well worth the time to listen (and listen again). Take notes!

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