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Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. is a trading psychologist and performance coach.  He trades in the equities markets and works with traders in proprietary, hedge fund, and investment bank settings. Dr. Steenbarger has authored The Psychology of Trading (Wiley, 2003) and Enhancing Trader ... more


The Key To Understanding And Overcoming Trading Tilt
The needs we bring to our trading performance ultimately dictate how we will respond to success, failure, and challenge. Our frustrations typically stem from the need to be right. The successful trader brings to markets the need to trade well.
Creativity In Analyzing Market Information
It's not enough to find an edge and stick to it in a disciplined manner; the discipline has to extend to finding fresh edges. There is information in the absence of strength and weakness.
The Key To A Successful Trading Psychology
Pattern recognition is the core cognitive skill involved in active trading, while keeping an open mind is the key skill.
Finding Success By Diversifying Your Trading
An example of unhelpful advice is the mantra that it is important to "have a process" for your trading and follow that process religiously. Sounds great -- until markets change and the process that worked in one kind of market no longer works.
The Difference Between Trading And Investing - And Why It Matters
Trading and investing are fundamentally different activities. Many trading psychology challenges occur when market participants fail to respect the differences between the two.
Reacting Rather Than Acting
Our worst trading occurs when we feel things and react to those impulsively. That does not however mean we should eradicate emotion.


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How To Build Your Trading Consistency
Successful traders try many things, make lots of mistakes, get daily feedback, and then make very specific, targeted improvements in what they trade.
How The Market Cuts You Up
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Work Experience

Trading Psychologist and Performance Coach
Self Employed Performance Coach
February 2014 - Present (8 years 8 months)

I have been deeply involved in performance coaching and recruitment at a number of hedge funds and trading firms, with a particular focus on utilizing solution-focused methods and positive psychology to build on trader/portfolio manager strengths.

Clinical Associate Professor
SUNY Upstate Medical University
June 2004 - Present (18 years 6 months)

Teach brief psychotherapies to psychiatry residents and psychology interns.

Director, Trader Development
Tudor Investment Corporation
2010 - 2014 (4 years 8 months)
Director of Trader Development
Kingstree Trading
2004 - 2006 (2 years 8 months)


University of Kansas
Director of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1976 / 1981
Clinical Psychology
Duke University
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
1972 / 1976


Trading Psychology 2.0
Brett N. Steenbarger

Trading Psychology 2.0 is a comprehensive guide to applying the science of psychology to the art of trading. Veteran trading psychologist and bestselling author Brett Steenbarger offers critical advice and proven techniques to help interested traders better understand the markets, with practical takeaways that can be implemented immediately. Academic research is presented in an accessible, understandable, engaging way that makes it relevant for practical traders, and examples, illustrations, and case studies bring the ideas and techniques to life. Interactive features keep readers engaged and involved, including a blog offering ever-expanding content, and a Twitter feed for quick tips. Contributions from market bloggers, authors, and experts bring fresh perspectives to the topic, and he draws his own experience in psychology and statistical modeling as an active trader to offer insight into the practical aspect of trading psychology.

The Daily Trading Coach
Brett N. Steenbarger

Praise for The Daily Trading Coach

"A great book! Simply written, motivational with unique content that leads any trader, novice or experienced, along the path of self-coaching. This is by far Dr. Steenbarger's best book and a must-have addition to any trader's bookshelf. I'll certainly be recommending it to all my friends."
—Ray BarrosCEO, Ray Barros Trading Group

"Dr. Steenbarger has been helping traders help themselves for many years. Simply put, this book is a must-read for anyone who desires to achieve great success in the market."
—Charles E. KirkThe Kirk Report

Enhancing Trader Performance
Brett N. Steenbarger

Through his own trading experiences and those of individuals he has mentored, Dr. Brett Steenbarger is familiar with the challenges that traders face and the performance and psychological strategies that can meet those challenges. In Enhancing Trader Performance, Steenbarger shows you how to transform talent into trading skill through a structured process of expertise development and reveals how this approach can help you achieve market mastery.

The Psychology of Trading
Brett N. Steenbarger

"The one, only, and by far the best book synthesizing psychology and investing. In addition to providing modern, scientific knowledge about psychology, this book provides a mirror into the mind and wide breadth of knowledge of one of the leading practitioners of brief and effectual cures. Will help to cure your trading and your life." 
-Victor Niederhoffer, Chief Speculator, Manchester Investments
Author, The Education of a Speculator and Practical Speculation

"How refreshing! A book that rises above the old NLP model of the 80's and provides insights on how our relationship with the market is indeed a very personal one. Not only has Steenbarger provided some fantastic tools for the trader to transform his mindset, but he has contributed unique trading ideas as well. Brilliant!"
-Linda Raschke, President, LBRGroup, Inc.