Funded Trader Sarah S. from New Jersey is coming off a pretty big week in the equity index futures markets, so we reached out to see how she would feel about going on record to share her experience with us. Being the team player that she is, it didn’t take much convincing to get her on board, and she didn’t disappoint!
Listen To Sarah Tell Her Story
5 Years and Counting
Going back to 2014, Sarah started out as an equity trader before she discovered the futures markets. Since then, her product of choice has been the Dow Jones because of its liquidity and volatility.
With this being Sarah’s second run as a Topstep Funded Trader, we asked what the biggest hurdle was on her path to becoming a successful trader.
“Sticking to the plan,” was her answer.
Time and again we hear the same answer to this question from traders of all different experience levels, and it’s no coincidence. When it comes to mastering risk management and trader psychology, everyone is on their own timeline, but it’s something that must be done.
Well, Sarah was able to figure that part early on, so she spends the majority of her time looking for the best opportunities to get in the market. Being a short seller at heart, she takes the time to find the best resistance areas to put her low risk strategy to the test. If you “have good levels” that you know and trust, you will always be more confident putting a trade on, no matter what the market conditions are.
Focus and Discipline
We also wanted to get a feel for how Sarah felt about Topstep in general, and what advice she might have for someone struggling to get through the Trading Combine. Her response was humbling, to say the least.
“It’s been a great experience. The rules are fair and they help you develop risk management skills.”
When it comes to passing the Trading Combine®, her advice is to do whatever it takes. Get a coach or a mentor if you have to, but learn to manage risk like a professional, and make sure your setups fit your trading style. Keeping a trading journal is also a key tool for helping you learn from your mistakes.
You blew us away Sarah, and we’re looking forward to following up with you again soon!