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How Mindset Can Help You Handle Failure With Gustavo Razzetti

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 11, 2019

In the high-stakes world of trading, it’s only a matter of time before you make a mistake. But high-achievers are notoriously bad at handling failure. Today’s guest, Gustavo Razzetti wants to change that. Gustavo stopped by to talk to Jeff about resetting your mindset so that you look at mistakes and failures as opportunities to grow.

Check out today’s episode as Gustavo offers up his best advice for dealing with failure and be sure to stay tuned for this week’s MARKet Reactions.

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Topics: Limit Up!, Jeff Carter

3 Ways to Start Strong in Your Funded Account

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 07, 2019

Coach's Playbook is back, baby! And that means it's time for our Topstep performance coaches, Dan, Hoag and Mick, to breakdown the game film and provide you with the choicest pieces of trading strategy.

In today's video, the coaches discuss the three best ways to start out strong in your Funded Account. Remember to tune in every Wednesday at 11:30 AM CT for new live episodes where you can ask your own trading questions, or just hang out with some guys with Chicago accents. 

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Topics: Coach's Playbook, Futures, Mick Ieronimo, John Hoagland, Dan Hodgman, Jack Pelzer

Funded Trader Shout-outs!

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 06, 2019

Our funded traders were on fire in October, and there were a number of big withdrawals to prove it. If you follow Topstep on Instagram, you know we've been congratulating traders individually whenever they take a hefty payout (occasionally we do it from a petting zoo). This month, more than a dozen traders earned a coveted "Trader Shout-out" from the Topstep Team. We're super excited to see who gets honored next by our terrible acting.

You can see the entirety of the Instagram congratulations-compilation below. Hoag makes an appearance, and Topstep founder Michael Patak may or may not get mauled by a domesticated animal.  

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Funded Trader Shout Outs

Former NASDAQ CEO Robert Greifeld talks Crypto, Liquidity, & Trading Advice

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 04, 2019

You know Nasdaq to be a multi-billion dollar, global exchange, but it wasn’t always that way. In 2003, Nasdaq made an out-of-the-box hire with Bob Greifeld. Bob oversaw the digital revolution in trading and steered the Nasdaq to become the behemoth it is today.

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Topics: Limit Up!, Futures, Nasdaq, Jeff Carter

A Beginner's Guide to Trading Crude Oil Futures

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 03, 2019

Oil makes the world go around. This probably is a revelation to no one. Ever since we started pumping black gold out of the ground in the mid-nineteenth century—mankind just can't get enough of the stuff. 

Beyond making cars go and planes fly, oil also makes countries fight each other in hopes of getting more oil. Pretty much everything you consume depends on it. So perhaps it's not surprising that the Crude Oil futures market commands a great deal of attention. What follows, is a brief overview of oil and oil trading for anyone interested in getting a piece of this nearly $2-trillion dollar market. 

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures, Crude Oil

Leveling the Futures Market Playing Field with TastyTrade's Pete Mulmat

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 27, 2019

It’s our 100th episode today and we’re going back to talking about what TopstepTrader does best: futures trading. The futures market is notoriously inaccessible to small scale traders. Today’s guest, Pete Mulmat, stopped in to talk about how his new start up, The Small Exchange, is looking to level the playing field of the future’s market.

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Topics: Limit Up!, Futures, Jeff Carter

3 Huge Events Coming Down  Pipe This Week

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 27, 2019

It's time to bring on those sweet, sweet quarterly and monthly acronyms. GDP. FOMC. NFP. They're all coming this week, and that means a good deal of volatility (and risk) will be in play for retail traders. If you want to take advantage, you definitely need to know what to expect. 

How will U.S. GDP inform the Fed announcement released just hours later? How many Reserve Board members will voice dissent to the likely rate cut? Why the hell are equity futures rallying on a bad non-farm payrolls number? 

Read on for an abridged version of the answers you might get from a very heavy economics textbook.

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures

The Fed Waits and Disney Always Delivers with Mark, Jack and Danny

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 22, 2019

We’re switching up the format for this week’s episode of Limit Up! while Jeff Carter is traveling. Our TopstepTrader dream team of Jack Pelzer, Dan Hodgman, and Mark Meadows sit down for a round-table discussion on what’s happening in the markets this week.

When else are you going to get to hear three grown men of varying trading pedigree compare and contrast the Federal Reserve with Disney World for more than ten minutes? Come on, you know you're marginally interested!

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction

Funded Trader Simar Explains How to Stop Gambling and Start Trading

Posted by TopstepFX on October 20, 2019


Certain aspects of trading are universal. Sure, you need to know the quirks of any product you trade inside-and-out. But the core elements remain the same whether you're trading equities or interest rates, soybeans or baseball cards. It's all about the interaction between supply and demand, and the resulting discovery of price. An individual's skill in reading the price action is what separates the trader from the gambler.

Funded trader Simar from Canada earned his account in our forex evaluation, but futures traders, listen closely, because his journey probably mirrors your own. He admits to starting out as a gambler in the markets before finding success through a combination of hard work, sound strategy, and discipline. 

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Topics: Forex, Trading Plan, TopstepFX Funded Traders, TopstepFX

Sorting Through the Noise with Gary S. Morrow

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 14, 2019

It can be a rough transition when you leave the floor to explore new career opportunities. Gary S. Morrow of the blog, This Week on Wall Street, stopped by the Limit Up! podcast to talk to Jeff about making the switch from floor to digital. Gary also gives his advice on making the best trades when you’re overwhelmed by ideas and information. Tune in for their conversation and this week’s MARKet Reaction.

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction, Jeff Carter

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