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From Huge Drawdown to Big Withdrawals: a Funded Trader Shares His Secrets

Posted by TopstepFX on April 09, 2019

 


Four days into his Funded Account®, Nick S. in Texas found himself 51% to his total Account Loss Limit. That's right, his $5,000 balance fell to a closing low of $3,307 — putting him just $1,600 from losing his account. But instead of spiraling deeper and deeper and taking larger risks, Nick says that he was hit with the realization: "This is real money." 

Indeed it was, and Nick finally got back to the strategy that helped him pass the Trading Combine® and earn live trading capital in the first place. That led him on a path to $6,700 in withdrawals over the next two months. 

Here's how Nick did it. 

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Topics: Trading Combine, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages, trading strategy, TopstepFX

EUR/USD: Will the ECB Meeting be the Impetus for the Next Move Lower?

Posted by TopstepFX on April 08, 2019

Euro bulls have had little to cheer about lately. After losing 4.5% to the Dollar in 2018, the currency is again facing losses in the early parts of 2019. In fact, the 2% drop in the first quarter was its worst in four years. EUR/USD is now facing an important test heading into the next European Central Bank meeting this Wednesday, April 10. 

Will this be the impetus leading EUR/USD on it's next leg lower?

 

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Topics: Euro, EUR/USD, Currency Pages, TopstepFX, European Central Bank

Funded TopstepFX Trader Offers the Key to Getting Through Step 2 and Trading Smarter

Posted by TopstepFX on January 15, 2019

Here at Topstep, we’re incredibly proud of our funded traders. They worked hard to make it through Step 2 of our process, proved they had the chops to make it trading actual money, and spend their days carefully weighing opportunity and risk.

One such trader is Kevin M. out of Perth, Australia. He joined TopstepFX to hone his trading strategy and improve his trading discipline. In reflecting on his work to date, he mentions that Step 2 really helped him with money management.

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Topics: Trading Combine, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages, trading strategy, TopstepFX

Funded Forex Trader: One Week In, $5,160 in Steady Profits

Posted by TopstepFX on December 09, 2018

What can you do a week into your TopstepFX Funded Account®? If you’re Shawn B. in North Carolina, you can make $5,160 in profits and put your trading account in a really nice spot heading into the closing weeks of 2018.

Shawn was in tune with the forex market all week, making $2,050 in EUR/USD and USD/JPY positions on his first day trading live capital. Shawn showed a lot of awareness of market conditions. He was not afraid to take a loss and reverse the position. He also wasn’t afraid to press a trade that was going well. In essence, he executed his momentum trading strategy to perfection.

On his second day in his account, Shawn lost $311 before gaining $1,639 and $1,782 on consecutive days on December 6 and 7 — all for $5,160 in realized profits. 

But even with his current performance, Shawn said he still does not consider himself a consistently profitable trader. Yet. Instead, he is constantly working on his trading.

Here’s advice he shared about what's going well in his trading and what he would tell other traders looking to improve and earn a Funded Account.

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Topics: Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages

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

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 Basics, Forex, EUR/USD, Trading Setups, The Trade, TopstepFX Funded Traders

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

Improving Your Trading is About Learning: Interview with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepFX on September 04, 2018

To trade well, you have to be focused on learning. Every experienced trader will tell you that — whether they are going through the Trading Combine, have earned a Funded Account®, or are one of the greatest traders of our era.

So, it wasn’t completely surprising that Daniel H. in Arizona, a TopstepFX funded forex trader, stressed how learning played such a critical role in his development. “You’re going to go through learning pains,” Daniel says. "But I have made progress because I focused on learning and overcoming my weaknesses." 

Daniel, who has traded for four years, is now trading in a Funded Account with $500,000 in forex buying power. Here’s where Daniel has focused his learning.

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

What I Learned in 11 Years of Forex Trading: New Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepFX on August 21, 2018

What do you see when you look at a price chart? Tim P. in the United Kingdom, TopstepFX’s latest funded trader, says that he sees human emotions. At first, he wondered at the ticker symbols as the crossed his television screen. But as he learned more, he was drawn to the psychology of trading.

“The financial side doesn’t really interest me as much as the prospecting,” says Tim. “You can track human emotions on a chart.”

So what does this student of human nature have to say about trading? Here are a few of his insights after almost 11 years as a trader.

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

The 3 Largest Risks to the U.S. Dollar Rally

Posted by TopstepFX on July 25, 2018

“The EU is in an existential crisis. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.” - George Soros, May 29, 2018

Populism and anti-EU sentiment. Trade wars. Brexit looming. The global fundamentals underlying every major currency pair is on shifting sand — all the while interest rates are normalizing.

But in this environment, the U.S. Dollar caught a bid. Since highs above 1.25, the pair shed 6%, briefly breaking below a long-term trend line that supported price during the 2017 rally (red line). Right now, the pair is consolidating between the August/September 2017 high near 1.21 and the October low, at 1.1550 (black lines).

While I tend to believe the EUR/USD bounce appears temporary, with expectations that the market will head down towards 1.13, I think it’s always important to look at the opposite case.

For the U.S. Dollar bulls out there, here are the three biggest risks to continued Dollar strength.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Forex, EUR/USD, Currency Pages

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