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Consistent Profitability is a Journey: Interview with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on April 19, 2018

Think you have to trade a lot of contracts to put up four-figure days? Wrong. Sarah S. in Jersey City, NJ made $3,200 her first day trading in a Funded Account™, $1,000 her second, and $3,500 two days later. All trading a max of one contract at a time.

Sarah is the first to admit that these were “unusually” profitable days where she was able to capture the right side of a trend. But still, there’s a lot that traders can learn from this performance.

In this interview, Sarah provided robust examples of the three trade setups that she looks for in trading Nasdaq futures.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

New Funded Trader: My 3 Keys to Forex Trading Success

Posted by TopstepFX on April 07, 2018

Like most of us, Rajeev T. in India learned the hard way that trading is challenging. He’s been trading financial markets (primarily the Indian stock market) for more than five years. Looking back, he realizes that he didn’t have a plan. Instead, he said that he relied on news that he saw on TV to trade. And that led him to the same place: blowing up account after account.

Rajeev said that all changed in September 2016 when he realized that if he kept doing the same things, he would get the same results. That led him to a study of technical analysis, trading psychology and risk management. Less than two years later, he’s found his stride and earned a TopstepFX Funded Account™ with $300,000 in live forex buying power. Here’s how.

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Topics: Success Stories, Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

How This Funded Trader is Profiting with Just 31% Winning Days

Posted by TopstepTrader on April 04, 2018

For years, Bob R. (Viroqua, Wisconsin) says he was like Jim Carrey’s character in Liar Liar. He would beat himself up whenever his trades went the wrong way. But even when he was struggling, part of him knew he would be a better trader if he could just change his mindset.

That realization led Bob to work on his attitude and stop trying to be right all the time in his trades. Now, Bob is comfortable being wrong — so long as it's not at the expense of being profitable.

Since earning a Funded Account™, Bob has only been profitable on 31% of his trading days. And he’s profitable on just 40% of his trades.

Those are stats that would sink most traders, if not for the fact that the magnitude of Bob’s wins are much larger than the magnitude of his losses. Bob’s average winning day is 3x the size of his average losing day, and his largest winning day was nearly 5x his largest losing day. With that, Bob has turned from a trader that struggled into one that embraced losses and found a way to be profitable. Here’s his step-by-step guide to making that transition.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

‘You Have to Do Your Homework,’ Says Funded Trader with $4K in Withdrawals in 13 Days

Posted by TopstepTrader on March 26, 2018

Like any trader, Mohammad A. in the United Arab Emirates has seen good days and bad. Since earning a Funded Account™, however, Mohammad has put together some impressives stats. In 13 days trading live with our capital, Mohammad has already withdrawn $4,000 in profits.

But that doesn’t mean he has everything figured out. Mohammad’s average winning trade is slightly less than his average losing trade ($135.36 vs -$147.38) — a statistic that he will work on as he looks to improve his consistency even further.

We talked with Mohammad to find out how he managed to get off to a quick start and how he plans to keep building on his success.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

Racking Up Four $1K+ Days in February: 5 Questions with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on March 05, 2018

Melissa M. from Stillwater, Oklahoma doesn’t fit the stereotype of a trader. When she started trading back in 2010, she was a single mother with two young children, a full-time job, and a degree in microbiology.

At TopstepTrader, she found a way to explore her passion for trading. Now she’s putting up numbers other traders would envy. Just last month, Melissa posted four $1,000+ winning days, including a three-day streak where she gained $2,829. She hasn’t yet withdrawn from her Funded Account™, but she sitting on a very healthy account 24 days in.

We caught up with her for an interview to talk about how she did it — and why she believes she is more successful trading live now than in the past. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

Tejas from Vancouver Earns a TopstepFX Funded Account

Posted by TopstepFX on February 28, 2018

February has been an interesting month for trading. There was a brief melt-down in equity markets, causing the U.S. Dollar to (at least temporarily) halt its downtrend. 

Tejas from Vancouver has capitalized on that environment to earn a TopstepFX Funded Account. But in talking with him about what made him successful, his perspective proves that trading forex is no different than trading futures: good trading is good trading.

Tejas’ keys to success are similar to what we often hear from successful traders: he started focusing on the actual market trends and became obsessive about his risk management. Here's how he earned his Funded Account.

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Topics: Success Stories, Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

5 Questions with a Funded Trader: Risk and Reward

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 16, 2018

Fernando V. in New Jersey has been trading for five years, but things have just recently clicked. After our interview, one thing struck us: he is simultaneously very comfortable with high degrees of risk - trading around events that move futures - and also paranoid about losses - placing stops at consistent levels. It seems that the second aspect may be why he’s been doing well in his Funded Account. In fact, in November and December, he was able to make $7,500 in withdrawals.

We recently caught up with Fernando to talk about how his trading is going and advice that he would have for others in the TopstepTrader program.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

Lesson from a Funded Trader: Stick to Your Plan

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 08, 2018

Mauricio J. in Colombia originally thought TopstepTrader was something only professional traders might find useful. But since joining, he’s used the lessons learned in the Trading Combine® to earn a Funded Account™ and begin profiting in markets. Since earning a Funded Account in early October, he has withdrawn $5,323 in profits.

Critical to Mauricio's success has been the fact that he only trades actively two or three hours a day, using the rest of the time to back trade strategies and work on his performance. 

We caught up with Mauricio to learn more about his experience, what lessons he would share for other traders, and how he plans to meet his short-term and long-term goals to be a consistent trader and spend more time with his family. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

5 Can't Miss Stories: Real Life Success in Trading

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 19, 2017

Trading isn't easy. Even profitable traders will tell you that they are still working to become better and limit the mistakes they make. 

That's why we work to share insights from everyday traders, legendary investors and our funded traders. Together, these stories paint a picture of what it takes to be successful in markets. Here are five can't miss stories and what they can teach you - just in time to incorporate for the New Year!

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Topics: Success Stories, Trading Basics, Trading Lessons

A Decade In, Risk Management Takes Hold and Profits Follow: Interview with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 15, 2017

Julian E. of New Jersey started trading in fits and starts. Every time he learned a new strategy, he’d jump into a market. Then he’d lose money and stop trading. This went on for nearly 10 years.

But for the last four months, he’s achieved better outcomes with TopstepTrader. Since becoming a funded trader in mid-October, Julian has turned things around in the market, withdrawing more than $5,000 in profits and putting together a staggering 79% winning days. His secret: honing a specific strategy that has him only trading when he sees an opportunity - not every day.

And while he isn’t quite ready to drop his daytime consulting gig, he is making strides towards full-time trading.

We recently talked to Julian to learn what’s made the difference in his trading. Here’s what he had to say.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Lessons

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