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3 Reasons Not to Trade Over Holidays (+Bonus Turkey Recipe!)

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 22, 2019

It's time for another rousing edition of the Coach's Playbook! Today Dan, Mick and Hoag discuss 3 reasons why you should unplug and not trade illiquid holiday trading hours. Also, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, they breakdown recipes for some of their favorite dishes including smoked turkey and White Castle stuffing. 

Speaking of taking a break, we'll be off next week, but be sure to tune in every Wednesday after that at 11:30 AM CT for new live episodes where you can ask your own trading questions, and find out what to do with the leftovers. 

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

5 Reasons Most People Don't Make Money Trading Futures

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 13, 2019

In this week's Coach's Playbook, Hoag and Mick, discuss an important, but somewhat unfortunate topic: 5 reasons most people don't find success trading futures. You should definitely know these pitfalls so that you can avoid them in your own 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 occasionally watch us fumble with the video equipment. 

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

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

Good Behavior & Gearing Up for Fall Trading with Danny & Hoag

Posted by TopstepTrader on September 03, 2019

Danny & Hoag are back! Jeff has the week off and Jack takes you into (and now out of) Labor Day Weekend with some relaxing Trader Therapy. Join us for this week’s episode to close out the summer and begin your Fall trading in style. 

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Topics: Limit Up!, John Hoagland, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Jack Pelzer

Bear Markets, Crypto and Humility with TopstepTrader Founder Michael Patak

Posted by TopstepTrader on August 25, 2019

Last month, we decided to bring on our Founder and Chief Vision Officer Michael Patak to talk about his origins as a trader, the founding of TopstepTrader and his experiences being deep in the pit. This is part 2 of Jeff’s interview with Michael. If you missed part 1, make sure to check it out here

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Topics: Limit Up!, Michael Patak, MARKet Reaction, Jack Pelzer, Jeff Carter, Leadership

Trading with No Limits: TopstepTrader Founder Michael Patak

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 30, 2019

Today’s guest is a special one for Limit Up! As part of our birthday celebration this month, we thought it would be a great time to bring on our Founder and Chief Vision Officer Michael Patak. Michael takes us through his beginnings as a trader, his experiences deep in the pit, and how the move to the screens changed everything. Finally, hear how Michael started TopstepTrader with a community focus and how, at its heart, the company seeks to make the individual trader feel part of that community.

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Topics: Limit Up!, Michael Patak, MARKet Reaction, Jack Pelzer, Jeff Carter, Leadership

What an Army Major General Can Teach You About Leadership - Part 1

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 01, 2019

TopstepTrader has a very special guest for you this week. First up, though, Mark Meadows will take you through his MARKet Reaction for the week. Then, in the first of a two-part interview series, new Limit Up! Host Jeff Carter sits down with Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President and U.S. Army Major General Karl Horst. They discuss how he’s taking lessons from his military career and bringing them to the corporate world through establishing boundaries, constraints and maintaining discipline. Sound familiar traders? Lastly, they end by discussing the connection between Jazz and leadership as well as the first 3 of General Horst’s leadership principles.

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Topics: Limit Up!, MARKet Reaction, Jack Pelzer, Jeff Carter, Karl Horst, Leadership, Discipline

The Fed Has Some New Rates and We Have a New Host

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 24, 2019

What’s it like to watch an options exchange grow in value by several orders of magnitude? You’re about to find out as this episode of Limit Up! Introduces its new host: Jeff Carter. Jeff is an accomplished trader, investor, adviser and former board member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He’ll be joining Limit Up! As our new permanent host starting next week.

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Topics: Limit Up!, John Hoagland, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Trader Therapy, Jack Pelzer, Jeff Carter

Buy the Rumor, Sell the News

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 18, 2019

It's Fed season on this week's Limit Up! Podcast and the markets are still the markets.  On today's episode, Mark walks us through his feelings on gold. Danny and John then discuss keeping your emotions in check and how sometimes just stepping away is what you need to regulate yourself. Finally, Jack Pelzer channels his inner Cramer (Jim, not Cosmo) to bring you this week's latest segment: Kooky Currency.

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Topics: Limit Up!, John Hoagland, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Trader Therapy, Jack Pelzer

Jeopardy & Trading: The Importance of Sticking to Your Game Plan

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 11, 2019

The Limit Up! Podcast is back with another dose of market analysis, trading strategy and...Jeopardy?  This week Danny Hodgman and John Hoagland discuss the latest Jeopardy uber-champion and how he kept winning by sticking to his game plan, something that rings true for traders as well. As always, our very own Mark Meadows is back with his MARKet Reaction. Finally, Jack Pelzer brings you into his office for this week's Trader Therapy.

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Topics: Limit Up!, John Hoagland, MARKet Reaction, Dan Hodgman, Trader Therapy, Jack Pelzer

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