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How David Tepper Made $7-Billion Calling the Bottom

Posted by TopstepTrader on August 11, 2019

Is it possible to be a middle class billionaire? David Tepper would certainly like you to think so. On one hand, he lives in a relatively modest home in New Jersey — then again, he also claims a $50-million mansion in the Hamptons and owns the Carolina Panthers. 

He’s unabashedly crude, but actively philanthropic. Many see him as a god-like figure in the world of trading, while others think he's just an “a**hole.” What no one can deny, is that David Tepper is pretty damn good at picking stocks. 

Today's installment of the 7 Greatest Trades of All-Time, explores how Tepper made $7-billion buying distressed financial assets in the depths of the Great Recession.

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Topics: Equities, trading strategy, trading history, Greatest Trades, David Tepper

🔥Holy Moly... We Got Ourselves a Trade War 🔥

Posted by Jack P. on August 06, 2019

Folks, I must confess that I didn't pay much attention to the markets this weekend. I was both flat, and extremely interested to see what Shaquille O'Neal could do as a DJ at Lollapalooza (the answer is that he continues to be one of America's greatest cultural treasures). It was a rough Monday morning. I placed an online order at the wrong Starbucks, then proceeded to do a literal spit-take once I finally looked at the S&P futures quotes...

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Topics: Market Updates, Futures, Equities, Fed

Funded Trader Yose Travels from Dominican Republic to Chicago to Talk Shop

Posted by TopstepTrader on August 04, 2019

Some of you may know Yose. He's one of our favorite success stories here at Topstep. Since getting funded, he has become a formidable futures trader, quit his day job, and secured major outside capital to back his personal account. We're thrilled to have been part of his journey, and lucky to have had him in the Topstep Studio this week, all the way from the Dominican Republic. Traders of all levels can learn a lot from his insights, so we certainly hope you check out this very special episode of the Topstep Weekly Preview. Enjoy!

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Lessons, Futures, Equities, Yose, Weekly Preview, Fed

Professional Wrestling Fans Should Love These Markets

Posted by Jack P. on August 01, 2019

The news driving markets continues to play out like a professional wrestling match. There's a little bit of everything: heroes, villains, threats, heel-turns, over-dramatic commentary. The only major difference is that at least a handful of people at a wrestling match presumably know exactly how it will end (apologies to any readers if we just ruined the magic of the WWE).

Now would be a good time to get caught up on the action so far...

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Topics: Market Updates, Futures, Equities, Fed

7 Greatest Trades of All-Time: How Jesse Livermore Made $100-Million Shorting the Crash of 1929

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 24, 2019

(AP photo via Wikimedia Commons)

In honor of the 7th anniversary of TopstepTrader, we'll be releasing a series of blogs that breakdown the 7 Greatest Trades of All-Time. That's right — from bartering beaver pelts to the Great Recession, we've tracked down the 7 most successful trades in human history (at least in our opinion), and we will bring them directly to your browser over the next two weeks. 

To kick things off, we take you back to a time before high-speed microwave trading lines and well… before actual microwave ovens too. This is the story of how Jesse Livermore shorted the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 and made $100-million in the process — along with a number of enemies. 

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Topics: Jesse Livermore, Equities, trading strategy, trading history, Greatest Trades

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

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