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Earnings Take Spotlight with S&P 500 in Rally Mode

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 15, 2019

Here come earnings. Several large companies report over the next few days and then the floodgate on second quarter results opens wide next week. The S&P has been in rally mode heading into the reporting season and now the question is: Can corporate America deliver numbers that justify the lofty increase in share prices?

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Topics: Equities, E-Mini S&P, trading strategy

S&P 500 Hits 3000: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 13, 2019

We finally went ahead and did the damn thing! The S&P 500 broke through the 3,000 level for the first time ever this past Wednesday following some favorable talk on rate cuts from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. But before we pop the Cristal, crank the tunes, and slaughter the fatted calf, it might be wise to take a step back and think about what all of this exactly means.  

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Topics: Equities, E-Mini S&P, trading strategy

This is How to Trade Through Volatility: Trading Through the 2008 Crisis

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 13, 2018

10 years ago, markets presented opportunities that we haven't seen since — if you were disciplined and poised to take advantage. It's a bit ironic that on the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, we are seeing current markets go a little haywire. 

In this documentary, we talk with five traders about what it was like to trade through the 2008 financial crisis, how they adjusted and what their thoughts are for markets 10 years later. You are not going to want to miss it. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Yra Harris, Trading Setups, Equities, Anne-Marie Baiynd

These are the 3 Rules of Short-Term Scalping

Posted by TopstepTrader on March 07, 2018

In the latest episode of our new trading segment, The Trade, Performance Coach Dan Hodgman takes a look at a successful Nasdaq futures (NQ) trade by Russell B. from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Russell's style is a little different than the other two trades that we've covered. He tends to be short-term minded and keeps very close stops — more of a scalping type trader than a position trader.

Given that his style is a little different, Coach Hodgman talks about what someone who is more of a scalper should think as they put positions on. Russell's risk in the trade was 2.5 Nasdaq points — $100 on a 2-lot. His target was more than 10 points higher, and he was able to eek out a $440 gain in less than 5 minutes. 

Check out the rules we learn in this week's segment.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Futures, Trading Setups, Equities, The Trade

This is How to Ride a Market Wave Higher

Posted by TopstepTrader on February 27, 2018

In this week's episode of The Trade, Performance Coach Dan Hodgman takes a look at a trade by one of our funded traders, Melissa M. in Oklahoma. This is an actual Crude Oil ($CLJ8) trade that Melissa put on in real time — but Dan breaks down why it was a smart trade and what Melissa may have been looking at when she put it on.

In this trade, Dan follows Melissa as she gets long Crude Oil after the prior day's settlement price provided a floor for prices. (Check out this trade related to settlement price.) Then, when prices started to move, they really went. Melissa ended up netting more than $1,000 on the day, adding to gains she already had. 

Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of that trade using the TSTrader Market Replay feature. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Futures, Trading Setups, Equities, The Trade

This is How to Trade an Open Away from Settlement

Posted by TopstepTrader on February 21, 2018

In our new trading segment, The Trade, Performance Coach Dan Hodgman breaks down the logistics behind an interesting setup from last week. The first episode talks about one of Dan's favorite trades — the tendency for prices to move back to the prior day's settlement. 

Looking at Wednesday, February 14, there was a large gap between Tuesday's settlement price and Wednesday's opening prices. The gap was due to the 7:30 AM CT release of January retail sales and inflation reports. Markets sold off hard ahead of the open, presenting Dan with an interesting risk / reward setup.  

Dan takes a look at the E-mini S&P 500 contract and talks about how he would go about analyzing that market at the open. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Futures, Trading Setups, Equities, The Trade

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