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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.

Recent Posts

Posted by John D. on September 16, 2020

The Fed Remains Dovish

The recovery outlook is positive and Wednesday’s announcement confirmed that the Fed is getting the job done, but taking its time, in the effort to support the U.S. economy.

Posted by John D. on August 26, 2020

How Do Stocks Get Into the Dow Jones?

With the recent removal of three major companies from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), we figured this was an excellent opportunity to give a short explanation of how companies get listed...

Posted by John D. on August 05, 2020

July Held Strong

July turned out to be another record-breaker; stocks traded higher for the fourth consecutive month, Gold settled at a record high, and Topstep funded 459 new trading accounts, bringing the total...

Posted by John D. on July 14, 2020

After The First Half Of 2020, There Is No Normal Anymore

The world is getting a facelift in 2020, and there is no “normal” anymore. Everything is changing; from how and where we work to the way we shop and eat. Many of the things we took for granted...

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...