The Best Way to Bounce Back From a Major Trading Loss

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 20, 2018

Major trading losses are part of the game. Just ask any futures or forex trader. Every one of Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards has a story of a spectacular loss. And chances are that if you’ve been trading for any time you do too.

But what separates the successful trader from the unsuccessful trader is what happens after the loss. The successful traders say, “never again.”

The unsuccessful traders allow their decisions to be determined by revenge trading. They start seeing red – both in their temper and their P&L.

Instead, here is how you can bounce back and learn from your trading.

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Forex, Futures

Forex Trader with $4,100 in Withdrawals: For the Love of Trading, Set a Stop Loss

Posted by TopstepFX on June 18, 2018

Nikhil O. in Illinois, U.S.A. got off to a troubled start in his TopstepFX Funded Account™.

In his first three days trading, he lost more than 70% of his overall cushion — losing $930 of his overall $1,300 account loss limit for the $200K Trading Combine®.

But he turned that around, and five days later, his overall P&L was $325. In another week, he built a nice base of profits that led to more than $4,100 in withdrawals.

So what’s his secret? No secret — just a lot of hard work, lessons learned and dedication.

The real lesson is that Nikhil is just like you. He has a full-time job, but a passion to make a living trading. And to reach that goal, he’s working on maximizing his trading strengths and minimizing his weaknesses, which is why TopstepFX is a great place for him.

We recently sat down with Nikhil to talk about his journey trading and what he would tell other traders in the TopstepFX Trading Combine. Here’s what he said.

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

The 3 Best Resources to Improve Your Trading Now

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 16, 2018

No matter where you are this weekend, you can become a better trader. That's because progress is about deliberate practice. And it's hard to carve out time while the markets are open for deliberate practice. 

But with markets closed, now's a good time to reflect on what went right last week and what you can improve for next week. To do that, we've compiled our favorite resources of the week. Here are three resources to help you trade better — all of which can be reviewed in less than an hour.

They include a look at what separates successful traders from struggling traders, a video interview with a 35-year investing legend about how to build a career in trading, and the latest Limit Up podcast with about finding your trading stride.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Yra Harris, Futures, Trading Setups, Weekend Curriculum

3 Reasons You Should Trade Grains Futures Now

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 10, 2018

Sometimes it is easy for traders to forget the original purpose of futures contracts — and instead focus on them as a means to speculate and generate income. But the first standardized futures contracts evolved as a means by which hedgers could lock in prices. 

That's why the first U.S. futures contract was Corn ($ZC), followed shortly by Wheat ($ZW) and Soybeans ($ZS). 

If you haven't ever considered the grains markets as a place for trading opportunities, now is a good time to rethink that.  While summer is traditionally slower for other markets (though we think that may not be the case this year), it is a time when grains markets thrive. Here are three reasons why.

This is the first article in a 3-part series on the grains markets. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Grains Futures

Hold on to Your Hats: Summer Trading is Going to be Full of Opportunities

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 07, 2018

Summer trading is usually a grind. Not this year. At least that's not what we're expecting. Between the interest in markets spurred by the surge in volatility that started in February, important trading levels (like new highs in equity futures, and grains markets hitting their peak, the Summer of '18 may present some great opportunities to profit trading. Here's how.

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Combine, Coach's Playbook, Forex, Futures

Stop Fighting the Market: How to Capitalize and Profit from the Trend

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 06, 2018

Most day traders focus their attention on intraday charts, and for good reason. They want to capture profit off of a product’s daily price movement, so it makes sense to study 15-minute, 5-minute, or even 1-minute charts. Those charts can provide great insights into great entry and exit opportunities. 

However, focusing on the short term can be another way to bury an account. How? By not realizing that the higher time frame is in charge. That means that in a equity bull market (as we've had strongly for the past few years), there will be less opportunities to go short. 

Traders who don’t understand where the market is going will have a hard time making money in it — even if they never hold a position past the closing bell. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Futures

This is How to Trade a Trend Line Breakout

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 04, 2018

Since making new, all-time highs in January and then crashing 10% in February, the E-Mini S&P has consolidated. As the chart below indicates, it put in lower highs in March and April, but each lower high was also accompanied by a higher low. 

To anyone looking at the daily candlestick chart (shown above) the market was clearly gearing up for its next move. In this episode of The Trade, Coaches Dan Hodgman and John Hoagland revisit the breakout as prices approached that descending trend line on May 7, 8 and 9.

They talk about how they analyzed the market at the time, why it may have been more natural to take a short position as the market approached that line (with a stop above), and why the E-Mini typically doesn't confirm breakouts higher with high volume. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Futures, Trading Setups, The Trade, E-Mini S&P

Trade Better Now: Your Weekend Curriculum

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 02, 2018

Regardless of how things turned out last week, next week is a mystery. What are you doing this weekend to get better at trading?

Luckily, TopstepTrader has you covered. Here are three resources that will make a huge impact on your trading next week, but take less than an hour to check out. 

“A peak performance trader is totally committed to being the best and doing whatever it takes to be the best." — Dr. Van K. Tharp

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Topics: Trading Basics, Forex, Futures, Trading Setups, Weekend Curriculum, John Hoagland

The Most Important Metric in Trading (Hint: It’s Not Your P&L)

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 29, 2018

Metrics can be a lifesaver for a trader. Without a way to evaluate your strategy, each trade is little more than a roll of the dice. Yes, there’s an element of chance in the markets. But you can’t depend on things going your way if you want to be consistently profitable.

Certainly there are a lot of metrics that are interrelated that will ultimately bleed into the bottom line. But, as we have talked about in the past, if you are only focused on your bottom line, you are going to have a tough time trading.

So what’s the best metric to look at? The risk-to-reward ratio. Broken down, this tells you how much you lose on an average losing trade versus how much you gain on an average winning trade. Other metrics, like your net profit / loss, may make your feel good, but your risk-to-reward gives you information you can use to actually get and sustain that healthy account balance. Here’s how.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Basics, Forex, Futures

Jack Schwager: Secrets of the World's Best Traders

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 24, 2018

No one has studied the world's best traders like Jack Schwager has. That's why it was incredible that he dialed into the Limit Up! studio to share his  insights. 

Among these insights, Jack said that the best piece of advice he received was to “know where you’re gonna get out before you get in.” That advice came from Bruce Kovner, a trader that built a $5.4 billion fortune (here's how).

Check out this interview and be sure to subscribe to Limit Up on iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud to get the fresh episodes each week delivered to your inbox.  

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, Futures, Jack Schwager

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