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What to Do in a Drawdown: Performance Coaches' Trading Combine

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 20, 2017

Our Performance Coaches' $50K Trading Combine® is in its largest drawdown of the challenge. With today's loss, their balance is at $48,749.04 - just $749.04 above their max loss. 

TopstepTrader's Founder and CVO Michael Patak offered advice for someone who was in the midst of a drawdown: "Keep you head up and keep collecting information on what is not working to understand what adjustments need to be made. You are still ok with everything, but you want to be thinking about what you are doing that is not working and make the adjustment. Also, sit on your hands a bit and look for the higher-probability trades."

Well said. What else can we learn from a drawdown?

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Mick Ieronimo, our funded trader risk manager, also reassured the Coaches. "Just because you are in a drawdown doesn't mean that you are doing anything wrong. It just means that your strategy is not working with the current market environment." 

He also suggested that the Coaches get more choosy with their trading. "From a psychological perspective, absolutely keep your head up. But from a behavioral perspective, get more cautious in which trades you take. You may not be able to trade every day." 

Both Mick and Michael had one final word of advice: don't expect to make it all back in a day. Little gains, they said, add up. 

And so that's good advice for anyone in a drawdown - keep your head up and look for tweaks instead of full-scale revisions to your strategy

Here are the trades on a 15-minute delay as we reported them on Twitter. Make sure you follow us for all the latest updates in #CoachesCombine (@topsteptrader):

Total performance for the day, including fees and commissions: -$466.04. Balance is $48,749.04. For more, check out their Trading Combine dashboard below.

Day 12 Trading Combine.jpg

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Combine, Trading Basics