5 Questions with a Funded Trader: Risk and Reward

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 16, 2018

Fernando V. in New Jersey has been trading for five years, but things have just recently clicked. After our interview, one thing struck us: he is simultaneously very comfortable with high degrees of risk - trading around events that move futures - and also paranoid about losses - placing stops at consistent levels. It seems that the second aspect may be why he’s been doing well in his Funded Account. In fact, in November and December, he was able to make $7,500 in withdrawals.

We recently caught up with Fernando to talk about how his trading is going and advice that he would have for others in the TopstepTrader program.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

Lesson from a Funded Trader: Stick to Your Plan

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 08, 2018

Mauricio J. in Colombia originally thought TopstepTrader was something only professional traders might find useful. But since joining, he’s used the lessons learned in the Trading Combine® to earn a Funded Account™ and begin profiting in markets. Since earning a Funded Account in early October, he has withdrawn $5,323 in profits.

Critical to Mauricio's success has been the fact that he only trades actively two or three hours a day, using the rest of the time to back trade strategies and work on his performance. 

We caught up with Mauricio to learn more about his experience, what lessons he would share for other traders, and how he plans to meet his short-term and long-term goals to be a consistent trader and spend more time with his family. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

5 Can't Miss Stories: Real Life Success in Trading

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 19, 2017

Trading isn't easy. Even profitable traders will tell you that they are still working to become better and limit the mistakes they make. 

That's why we work to share insights from everyday traders, legendary investors and our funded traders. Together, these stories paint a picture of what it takes to be successful in markets. Here are five can't miss stories and what they can teach you - just in time to incorporate for the New Year!

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Topics: Success Stories, Trading Basics, Trading Lessons

A Decade In, Risk Management Takes Hold and Profits Follow: Interview with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 15, 2017

Julian E. of New Jersey started trading in fits and starts. Every time he learned a new strategy, he’d jump into a market. Then he’d lose money and stop trading. This went on for nearly 10 years.

But for the last four months, he’s achieved better outcomes with TopstepTrader. Since becoming a funded trader in mid-October, Julian has turned things around in the market, withdrawing more than $5,000 in profits and putting together a staggering 79% winning days. His secret: honing a specific strategy that has him only trading when he sees an opportunity - not every day.

And while he isn’t quite ready to drop his daytime consulting gig, he is making strides towards full-time trading.

We recently talked to Julian to learn what’s made the difference in his trading. Here’s what he had to say.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

Success Spotlight: Trendfollow [Kiev, Ukraine]

Posted by TopstepTrader on February 10, 2017

After taking his sixth check, funded trader, trendfollow, has brought his withdrawal total up to $5,300!

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Topics: Success Stories

Success Spotlight: Sssvenky [Bloomington, IL]

Posted by TopstepTrader on February 10, 2017

Sssvenky has selfless plans for his latest withdrawal from his Funded Account™! He looks forward to putting the loot to good use by buying his daughter a gift.

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Topics: Success Stories

Success Spotlight: BIGtrading [Rahden, Germany]

Posted by TopstepTrader on February 09, 2017

What does the "BIG" in funded trader BIGtrading’s name stand for, you may ask? “Be In Growth!” BIGtrading is always looking to improve her trading. She became interested in the markets because of her “dream to work from home and the freedom to choose when to work and when not [to].” She was also attracted to the “unlimited potential to make money. By learning, improving and growing the account over the years more and more is possible.”

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Topics: Success Stories

Success Spotlight: sunlounger77 [Sofia, Bulgaria]

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 03, 2017

Sunlounger77, a Bulgarian engineer and Crude Oil trader, has taken his second check in a month, just in time for his birthday! A celebration is in order for sunlounger77, who says he will go to his favorite club to spend some of his $1K+ earnings (along with pay a few bills). This trader has been in the financial markets since 2005, and has been active in the futures market since 2010.

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Topics: Success Stories

Success Spotlight: DOLBYTIME [Chicago, Illinois]

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 07, 2016

What is the fastest someone has been funded? Ask our trader, DOLBYTIME.

DOLBYTIME, a back waiter at a local Chicago restaurant, took $1,250 out of his last Funded Account™ after meticulously and precisely trading the CL market. He is back again, and this time, after passing the Trading Combine® and Funded Trader Preparation™ in just 20 trading days - the fastest time possible!  

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Topics: Success Stories

Success Spotlight: bobrutterphd [Viroqua, Wisconsin]

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 07, 2016

Bobrutterphd has done it again, folks. He has just taken his third check in 3 weeks out of his Funded Account™! This marks $1,200 in less than a month, after remaining patient and consistent in his trading.

 

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Topics: Success Stories

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