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John D.

John is a Chicago native and 15 year veteran of the trading industry. He spent his formative years on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade before heading "upstairs" to tackle screen trading. John provides daily market commentary and trending news to the Topstep Trader blog, and is a contributor to the Market Forecast morning broadcast.

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Posted by John D. on June 12, 2020

Stocks Slip & Fall On Fed Stance

Euphoria can sometimes cloud the mind and keep you from seeing the bigger picture. The blissfully bullish sentiment that preceded May’s blockbuster jobs report was still being YOLO’d through...

Posted by John D. on May 29, 2020

Basics of Support & Resistance

The definitions of support and resistance are straightforward enough; support is an area where sellers are met by more aggressive buyers, and resistance is an area where buyers are met by more...

Posted by John D. on May 18, 2020

Topstep Trading 101: The V Formation

The purpose of this series is to educate newer traders on the basic principles and techniques of technical analysis. To a lot of you, this is old news, but for the rest of you, we are here to help...

Posted by John D. on May 12, 2020

Job Growth Stalls But Economic Optimism Is High

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and account for 64% of new jobs created annually. Unemployment is rising rapidly and new business applications are at an all time low, but for...

Posted by John D. on May 07, 2020

Topstep Trading 101: The Head & Shoulders Bottom

The purpose of this series is to educate newer traders on the basic principles and techniques of technical analysis. To a lot of you, this is old news, but for the rest of you, we are here to help...

Posted by John D. on May 04, 2020

Topstep Trading 101: The Head & Shoulders Top

The purpose of this series is to educate newer traders on the basic principles and techniques of technical analysis. To a lot of you, this is old news, but for the rest of you, we are here to help...

Posted by John D. on May 01, 2020

Topstep Trading 101: Triple Bottoms

The purpose of this series is to educate newer traders on the basic principles and techniques of technical analysis. To a lot of you, this is old news, but for the rest of you, we are here to help...

Posted by John D. on April 29, 2020

Topstep Trading 101: Triple Tops

The purpose of this series is to educate newer traders on the basic principles and techniques of technical analysis. To a lot of you, this is old news, but for the rest of you, we are here to help...

Posted by John D. on April 28, 2020

What Happened to Crude Oil?

Hedgers and speculators rely on two standards of light sweet crude oil to determine futures prices. In the US, we set pricing models based on production of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil,...

Posted by John D. on April 15, 2020

Could The Bottom Be In For Stocks?

With the amount of doubt and uncertainty still weighing heavy on the world, how is it that the stock market has been able to stage such a strong and impressive comeback? More importantly, is this...

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