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5 Questions with Luis M., a Funded FX Trader

Posted by TopstepFX on October 15, 2018

Luis M. in California spends his days as an emergency medical technician. So it’s unsurprising that he would be accustomed to making the quick decisions that come with intraday trading. And unsurprising that he would do well.

10 days after starting his Funded Account™, Luis already made $900 in withdrawals on his profits.

But that’s only part of the story. Luis knows that “failures are what help us traders improve.” So we asked him to share his journey and lessons he’s learned along the way.

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Topics: Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

This is How to Trade Through Volatility: Trading Through the 2008 Crisis

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 13, 2018

10 years ago, markets presented opportunities that we haven't seen since — if you were disciplined and poised to take advantage. It's a bit ironic that on the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, we are seeing current markets go a little haywire. 

In this documentary, we talk with five traders about what it was like to trade through the 2008 financial crisis, how they adjusted and what their thoughts are for markets 10 years later. You are not going to want to miss it. 

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Topics: Trading Setups, Trading Basics, Anne-Marie Baiynd, Yra Harris, Equities

A Poker Champion on Making Better Decisions

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 01, 2018

You may know Annie Duke as the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions winner in 2004. But you don't make more than $4.2 million in lifetime earnings on the professional poker circuit without knowing how to make decisions and manage risk. 

For Annie, that's been a lifetime passion — and one that she is pursuing more than ever now that she is retired from professional poker. 

In this interview with Topstep's Eddie Horn, Annie details why our decision-making is flawed and how we can change the way we approach problems to reach better decisions. Annie takes complex topics like "resulting" and "hindsight bias" and breaks it into easy-to-understand pieces that will improve your trading. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, Annie Duke, Futures, Currency Pages

Patience Pays: How a Funded Trader Cashed in on a $2,700 Trade

Posted by TopstepFX on September 26, 2018

Imagine being in one trade over four days, watching your P&L go up $1,000 to even, back to up $1,000 to even as the market gyrates 40-50 pips over hours. Your long bias is still valid, so you sit in the trade, waiting for things to play out.

To compound matters, add that the last time the market did this, it was a false breakout that caused you to lose some money.

That's the scenario that Gabriele T. from Italy found himself in last week when he was long EUR/USD after it broke out above 1.1650. Yet Gabriele was able to be patient and let the trade work out, a decision that ultimately helped him profit $2,700. 

In this week's The Trade, we break down the market setup and what Gabriele did so right. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, EUR/USD, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

3 Stunning Lessons in the Collapse of a $5 Billion Hedge Fund Run by Geniuses

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 23, 2018

Today, we continue our September series about how to get better trading every day. And like so many lessons, this one focuses on what you can learn from someone else's missteps. Before there were crises at Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers or MF Global, there was Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM).

(The irony of the collapse of a hedge fund called "Long-Term" should not be overlooked.)

Though LTCM was run by Nobel Laureates and  geniuses, it made one trading mistake that cost it big, leading to a rescue 20 years ago. In the rescue, LTCM partners' capital, which once stood at $1.9 billion, was wiped out completely. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Futures, September Trading Insights, Forex

Taking Advantage of Trading Opportunities Right Now

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 22, 2018

To say there is a lot of geopolitical risk in the market right now would be an understatement. There's a palpable sense of populism rising — whether that's at the heart of the U.S. / China trade wars, Brexit negotiations or a whole host of other issues  that is threatening to shake up the economic status quo. What is that going to do to global markets? And how can traders take advantage of the rising opportunity?

Those are the questions that we tackle in the latest interview with DailyFX's chief currency strategist, John Kicklighter. John breaks down the recent moves in global macro markets, how that may impact forex trading and lessons that he's learned from his 20 years of trading experience. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, September Trading Insights, John Kicklighter

Are You the Tiger Woods of Trading?

Posted by Mark Meadows, TopstepTrader on September 21, 2018

Was I planning on relating trading to Tiger Woods' epic 2018 comeback today? No.

Maybe I am doing it because I was caught watching The TOUR Championship in the office yesterday and said it was for "research." Or maybe there really are some parallels that you should take into your trading. 

You're just going to have to read on to find out. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Futures, September Trading Insights, Forex

4 Things to Do When There's No Trade to be Made

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 19, 2018

Overtrading. It's a bad habit.

Sometimes, we make trades for the simple fact that we are in front of our computers and the markets are open. Then, we hold onto those trades and make them positions — it's a vicious cycle that often ends up in losses and ties up capital that we could be using when the market does present an opportunity.

So, instead of placing that next trade when the market isn't there, here are four things to do instead.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Futures, September Trading Insights, Forex

Learn by Doing, Learn by Teaching

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 18, 2018

Experts say that there is no better way to learn to trade than to teach. That's something that Steve Burns, trader and the founder of New Trader U, has taken to heart. From his time trading the dotcom boom and bust to trading through the Great Recession of 2008 to today, Steve has been incredibly passionate about markets and  shares that passion openly on Twitter (@SJosephBurns). 

In this interview, Steve tells Eddie Horn how he found his niche in trading and how he would lessen the learning curve if he were starting out today. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Futures, Forex, September Trading Insights, Steve Burns

From Trading Championships to Forex Funded Trader: Kelvin in Malaysia

Posted by TopstepFX on September 17, 2018

Each year, the CME Group hosts a trading challenge for college and university students worldwide. More than 500 teams compete worldwide to see who can trade the CME’s futures products the best. Our latest TopstepFX funded trader, Kelvin C. of Malaysia who is studying to get his MBA, was on the team that finished third in the 2018 Trading Challenge.

He also took eighth place in the Saxo Trade Challenge, where he put his forex trading skills to the test in a competition organized by Saxo Bank.

But while that success can help you build confidence, Kelvin says that it did not come easy — and it has not stopped him from weathering setbacks in his trading. Here’s what he learned on his journey to becoming a TopstepFX funded trader with $300,000 in live forex buying power.

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages, September Trading Insights

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