A look back at team member Creed's visit to the 2019 TradersExpo loacted in New York City
The TradersExpo allows new and experienced traders to connect in a positive environment. The money show event offers retail traders a chance to speak and learn from industry leaders. Names include Tom Sosnoff of Tastytrade, Amelia Bourdeau of Market Compass, and Michael Bellafiore of SMB Capital.
A few of the things you can expect when attending the expo are several companies offering you tools and techniques. The exhibition is a solid balance between education and tools. A short walk to the floor will immerse you in the full traders' experience.
These companies offer you the retail equivalent of proprietary equipment to give you a market edge. If you are more of a patterns-based trader, then there are tools for that. Say you are more of a numbers person then there are spreadsheet analytical tools for that. If you need for it then more than likely it will be represented here in the exhibit hall.
Some of the companies represented are TC2000, LikeFolio, and IG. Over 30 different companies were offering different solutions for every trader. Coming to the expo will expose you to all of these tools and companies to build relationships beyond just the keyboard and finally gain that edge you have been desiring.
The TradersExpo Classes
The primary purpose of The TradersExpo is education. Attending the three-day long event will yield you more information then you could have ever hoped for. Even an experienced trader like myself can always learn something new and the workshops you can attend open you up to that fact.
Industry leaders teach the classes with several years of experience. Backgrounds range from years in the trading pits to individuals who have coded and built indicators, alert systems, and techniques used across the exchanges. So what was my experience with the classes?
The TradersExpo - Day 1
The early morning session in Sutton hall packed with a variety of people. Some new to trading some very seasoned. A few pilot conversations in the main entrance then a short walk to the front section to see what was in store.
The first speaker of the morning was Ashok Yarlagadda of Delphian.
He opened some insight to a lot of new traders on how as a retail trader we are fighting an uphill battle against industry HFT algos and prop firms that have access way beyond what a typical retail trader would have.
His company offers a solution for traders to be able to filter out a lot of the noise and using a simple user interface to open and close positions.
Their system is presented in a way that I feel it would be a great asset to the trader that is long term biased, one that can not or does not wish to manage the position every day actively.
Overall the morning was filled with several similar things all working towards the same goal. To give traders a leg up over the typical trader whom slacks to do their research and will ultimately fail due to such actions.
After the morning session, I connected with some of the Bullish Bears members, and we had lunch at the hotel.
Planning out the next days' classes and figuring out which keynotes we wanted to attend. After a few hours of talking, and a nice meal we head back to the Sutton Center for the ending essential notes.
The Traders Expo - John Bollinger and Tom Sosnoff
The room is packed, and we find a few seats in the middle section next to a prompter. We are catching Jon Najarian finishing up and John Bollinger coming on stage. We have full stomachs and attentive ears.
John Bollinger comes on stage and begins to teach us about an unexpected opportunity. He was telling a story about his first experiences with bitcoin.
Being a larger firm, they eventually need to purchase a dedicated server rack and upon his first visit to see the hardware he also was introduced to a bitcoin mining rack.
One thing fell to another and John became interested in using his custom Bollinger Band set up to trade Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general.
To close out the day and the keynotes Tom Sosnoff founder and Co-CEO of Tastytrade was our final speaker. Tom is a wonderful person to talk with in more aspects than just that of trading. The evenings' keynote is titled “ Troublemakers and Small-Time Crooks.”
Tom has a passion for empowering the small time trader to be on a level playing field both resource wise and in the growth of knowledge, much like we do here at the Bullish Bears.
During his talk, he gives his view on how larger companies and news outlets take advantage of the individual trader. Some with excessive fee’s others with delayed order fills and miss leading titles.
To see the full talk and emotion, Tom put’s into his work check out the video here. It is well worth your time.
The Traders Expo - Day 1 Conclusion
Day one was a great warm up to the days to come. Plenty of knowledge to be gained and shared. The expo is a wealth of opportunity for everyone involved.
My main takeaways from day one are that event the newest trader is given a fair opportunity to learn at this event.
You are evenly exposed to both tools and educators to begin building yourself as a genuine trader. Passive or active you can learn from the full gambit.