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Posted by John D. on January 16, 2020

Bittersweet New Highs

The Failed Top Trade

Earlier this week I posted a blog article laying out guidelines and best practices for picking tops. As it turns out, this has been a textbook week to put them into practice…


Posted by John D. on January 13, 2020

Are You Trying To Pick Tops?

I went out on a limb during Monday morning’s Market Forecast video by saying that the January Break started with the poor jobs report Friday. It was my first contribution to the daily video, and...

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 12, 2019

3 Ways to Gain More Consistency in Your Trading

Welcome back to the Coach's Playbook! Today Jack, Dan and Mick discuss 3 ways to gain more consistency in your trading. They also take a look at the pitfalls of loose risk management and...

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 22, 2019

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

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...

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 13, 2019

5 Reasons Most People Don't Make Money Trading Futures

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...

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 05, 2019

Tip of the Week: Size Down to Size Up

Don't be one of those annoying traders who treats the number of contracts they have on at any given point as a reflection of their self-worth. You don't always need to be swinging for the fences....

Posted by TopstepTrader on April 05, 2019

3 Common Trading Mistakes that Can Cost You Big

No two traders operate in the same way. There is no book of rules for trading the right and wrong way in financial markets. However, the odds of trading success improve when you avoid common...

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 16, 2018

Why Traders Set Unrealistic Expectations... and How to Improve

"Trading is the hardest way to make easy money." — Michael Patak

Have you set a goal to make $1,000 trading? Because of leverage in futures, many traders have made four-figures in a single trading...

Posted by TopstepTrader on April 20, 2018

This is the Best Way to Place a Stop

If you are trading without a stop, you are playing with fire. Not because the market can move 100 ticks in a second — though it could. But because then, you haven't clearly defined your risk. And...

Posted by TopstepTrader on March 16, 2018

The Secret to a $2k Week

TopstepTrader's founder and chief visionary officer, Michael Patak, joins Senior Performance Coach John Hoagland for a special episode of Trader Behavior. This week, Michael and John focus on a...

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