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31 Thoughts About the S&P  Hitting 3,100

Posted by Jack P. on November 12, 2019

Perhaps you noticed that the S&P 500 hit 3,100 for the first time today? If you did not, let me assure you that this is indeed a thing that happened (albeit briefly).

In no particular order, here are 31 thoughts and questions that came to mind as we witnessed the index break this purely psychological barrier. 

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Topics: Futures, E-Mini S&P, Stocks, Random Thoughts, Lists

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

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

Pros and Cons of Day Trading vs. Swing Trading

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 13, 2019

How long do you plan to hold your position? This is one the fundamental questions a trader needs to ask before diving into the markets. If you're a short-term trader, the temptation to cling to a position long after the signals change is strong. That devil on your shoulder assures you that this is all going to work out—just let it ride!

Congratulations! You have now become an unintentional swing trader. There's nothing inherently wrong with this, but it's important to know the differences between trading in the short term (day trading) versus trading in the medium-to-long term (swing trading). Neither strategy is objectively better; however, both have a number of pros and cons that we will explain below.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Futures, trading strategy

Ever Wonder Why We're Called Topstep?

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 26, 2019

People occasionally ask us about the origins of the TopstepTrader moniker. Was it something that came to our founder in a dream? Is it an incredibly long and needlessly complicated acronym? Did a team of marketers conduct a focus group and conclude that Topstep was better than X-tremeTRADZ!! fueled by Mountain Dew? The truth is actually pretty straightforward, but also kind of cool if you're an aficionado of trading history.  

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Topics: Futures, Michael Patak, John Hoagland, TopstepTrader, CME, trading history

New Season, New Trade: Topstep Moment of the Week

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 08, 2019

In this Topstep Moment of the Week, Anthony Crudele and Dan Hodgman discuss trading around Holidays and how these events can serve as inflection points for the markets. With Labor Day in the books, we are now entering the most volatile part of the the trading calendar, and a giant shift in sentiment is most certainly not out of the question. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Futures, Anthony Crudele, Dan Hodgman, Topstep Moment

4 Questions With Funded Trader Brad M. from Chicago

Posted by TopstepFX on August 25, 2019

 

 

Brad M. from Chicago has been with Topstep since 2016. We were lucky enough to have him stop by the Topstep Studio and share some of his thoughts on the Trading Combine, markets, and how he became a better trader through objective self-reflection.  

Read more below or check out the video above to get more tips from Brad and to learn about his experience with the Topstep Trading Combine®.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Plan, Futures

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