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3 Things You Need to Know About Trading October

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 29, 2019

Have you heard of the "October Effect"? It's the phenomenon suggesting that markets tend to be more volatile in October compared to other months. There is some debate as to whether the effect really exists—however, just last week Goldman Sachs urged investors to prepare for a wild month, noting that "stock volatility has been 25% higher in October on average ever since 1928."  Here are 3 things to keep your eye on between now and Halloween. 

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Topics: trading strategy

Ever Wonder Why We're Called Topstep?

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 26, 2019

People occasionally ask us about the origins of the TopstepTrader moniker. Was it something that came to our founder in a dream? Is it an incredibly long and needlessly complicated acronym? Did a team of marketers conduct a focus group and conclude that Topstep was better than X-tremeTRADZ!! fueled by Mountain Dew? The truth is actually pretty straightforward, but also kind of cool if you're an aficionado of trading history.  

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Topics: Futures, Michael Patak, John Hoagland, TopstepTrader, CME, trading history

Keeping the Human Touch in a High-Tech World with YCharts Sean Brown

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 24, 2019

Let’s face it, we’re living in a digital world. Innovations in tech make managing investments and researching trades much easier than the analog days, but sometimes you still need that human touch. On this week’s episode of Limit Up! we’re talking to Sean Brown, President and CEO of cloud-based investment tool YCharts about keeping traders happy in the data-deluge of modern finance. 

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction, Jeff Carter, sean brown

Funded Trader Yose Talks Trading Psychology and Fear

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 18, 2019

A few weeks back, former funded trader Yose from the Dominican Republic stopped by Topstep HQ in Chicago to appear on our Weekly Preview show. He was also kind enough to stick around and explain a few of his thoughts on trading psychology and how to keep the right trading mindset. Hope you enjoy!

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Lessons, Yose

Let's Get Weird! Expanding Your Mind Beyond Trading With Alan Matthew

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 16, 2019

On this week’s episode of Limit Up! we’re talking to Alan Matthew, trader and CEO at Tribal Ventures. Alan knows how to have fun and live life to the fullest - necessary when you have a stressful job. Tune into this freaky-deaky episode for an irreverent chat about how Alan found himself in the Amazon and the dusty city at the center of the Burning Man festival.

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Alan Matthew

The 5 Most Insightful Quotes from Topstep Funded Traders

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 11, 2019

At Topstep, we've funded more than 3,000 traders over the past 7 years. That's a whole lot of live capital we've given to a whole bunch of amazing people.

It's also more than 3,000 stories. Not to get all sentimental, but one of the best parts of this job is getting to sit down with our traders and learn what they're thinking. 

Here are some of the most insightful things they have told us:

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Topics: Trading Plan, TopstepFX Funded Traders, TopstepFX

Dual Momentum Investing Amidst Market Volatility With Gary Antonacci

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 09, 2019

There are many theories of investing, but according to Gary Antonacci, Principal at Portfolio Management Consultants and author of the book “Dual Momentum Investing,” following trends is the best bang for your buck. On this week’s episode of Limit Up! Jeff talks to Gary about his strategy of dual momentum and how it relates to trend following. But first, Mark Meadows is back this week with his MARKet Reactions in which silver reigned supreme.

Tune in to this week’s episode and find out how to ignore all the extra noise by following a stock’s relative momentum to make your investment decisions.

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Gary Antonacci

New Season, New Trade: Topstep Moment of the Week

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 08, 2019

In this Topstep Moment of the Week, Anthony Crudele and Dan Hodgman discuss trading around Holidays and how these events can serve as inflection points for the markets. With Labor Day in the books, we are now entering the most volatile part of the the trading calendar, and a giant shift in sentiment is most certainly not out of the question. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Futures, Anthony Crudele, Dan Hodgman, Topstep Moment

Good Behavior & Gearing Up for Fall Trading with Danny & Hoag

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 03, 2019

Danny & Hoag are back! Jeff has the week off and Jack takes you into (and now out of) Labor Day Weekend with some relaxing Trader Therapy. Join us for this week’s episode to close out the summer and begin your Fall trading in style. 

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Topics: Limit Up!, John Hoagland, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Jack Pelzer

Bear Markets, Crypto and Humility with TopstepTrader Founder Michael Patak

Posted by TopstepTrader on August 25, 2019

Last month, we decided to bring on our Founder and Chief Vision Officer Michael Patak to talk about his origins as a trader, the founding of TopstepTrader and his experiences being deep in the pit. This is part 2 of Jeff’s interview with Michael. If you missed part 1, make sure to check it out here

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Topics: Limit Up!, Michael Patak, MARKet Reaction, Jack Pelzer, Jeff Carter, Leadership

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