We're always happy to showcase the stories of our funded traders. Today, Johnny P. from Canada outlines his approach to trading, and explains what drives him to continue getting better day after day. He believes that you need to maintain a passion for the markets and keep practicing, even when you fall short of your goals.
Certain aspects of trading are universal. Sure, you need to know the quirks of any product you trade inside-and-out. But the core elements remain the same whether you're trading equities or interest rates, soybeans or baseball cards. It's all about the interaction between supply and demand, and the resulting discovery of price. An individual's skill in reading the price action is what separates the trader from the gambler.
Funded trader Simar from Canada earned his account in our forex evaluation, but futures traders, listen closely, because his journey probably mirrors your own. He admits to starting out as a gambler in the markets before finding success through a combination of hard work, sound strategy, and discipline.
At Topstep, we've funded more than 3,000 traders over the past 7 years. That's a whole lot of live capital we've given to a whole bunch of amazing people.
It's also more than 3,000 stories. Not to get all sentimental, but one of the best parts of this job is getting to sit down with our traders and learn what they're thinking.
Here are some of the most insightful things they have told us:
The British Pound took off last Thursday after French President Emmanuel Macron said that the terms of Britain's proposed exit from the European Union could be amended. This was great news for the ailing British currency, and also for two of our funded forex traders, Johnny P. from Canada and Gnasso T. from Italy, who each racked up more than $4,000 that day riding the Pound higher.
In November 2017, the Bank of England hiked interest rates for the first time in 10 years. The market dubbed that a “dovish hike,” encapsulating the idea that though the BoE hiked interest rates, it provided forward guidance that made it very clear it would not be hiking in the near-term future. Then, Brexit uncertainties grew and the BoE has not hiked interest rates since.
Right now, the market is high on euphoria around the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates. But what happens when it’s a hawkish cut? The Dollar gets sent on its next leg higher, that’s what.
Our base case: the Fed rate cut will be the impetus for the Dollar to strengthen—maybe not immediately, but in the days and weeks after.
The dollar is experiencing notable ups and downs amid changing interest rate expectations lately. The volatility comes ahead of the Federal Reserve’s next rate announcement, which happens just a few hours before markets close on the last trading day of the month. Also making things interesting, a bunch of key economic reports are due in the days just before and after the anticipated rate cut.
Mark Meadows is our forex trading guru here at the Topstep headquarters. Perhaps you have heard some of his sage insights on the Limit Up! podcast or read his scorching-hot takes in the now-retired MARKet Reaction email. Well, we are proud to announce that Mark is once again expanding his media empire and recently appeared on the immensely popular DailyFX Podcast hosted by Martin Essex.
The bearish funk continues for Sterling. The British currency is falling to two-year lows amid weak economic data and a looming Brexit deadline. Political disputes with the United States and China haven't helped matters. The Pound is now testing important levels against both the Dollar and Euro. But where do we go from here?
James G. from Aiken, South Carolina started trading with TopstepFX in September of 2018. Since then, he's earned funding with live capital and taken his trading to the next level by tightening his risk parameters, sticking to the best setups, and setting manageable profit targets for each month instead of moonshot year-end goals.
Read more below or check out the video above to get more tips from James and to learn about his experience with the TopstepFX Trading Combine®.
The Euro is seeing strength and making a run past 1.12 against the Dollar to start the new trading month. The uptick comes after seesaw action during the month of May and as focus turns to the next European Central Bank meeting on Thursday. A big move is expected, and traders will be watching for a break of the recent downtrend for signs that a reversal is underway.