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This is the Equity Curve of a Trader with $27,000 in Profits Over 46 Trading Days

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 28, 2019

2019 has seen a couple new funded traders get off to red-hot starts. We talked a couple weeks ago about how Gabriel F. in Spain added $26,000 in profits in 33 trading days

But it's not just Gabriel that has been able to add big profits to his trading account recently. Bill M. in Illinois gained nearly $27,000 in profits in his Funded Account® over 46 trading days. And their two trading styles could not be less alike, proving that you can make money in a multitude of different ways. 

Whereas Gabriel sticks with Crude Oil and equity futures, Bill trades anything and everything. He's held positions in currencies (Australian Dollar, British Pound), metals (Copper, Gold), energies (Crude Oil, Natural Gas), agriculture products (Live Cattle), financials (Ultra Bond) and equities (Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500, Nikkei). 

Also different: their reward-to-risk ratios. Gabriel had a perfect 2:1 reward-to-risk ratio; Bill's average winning trade is actually less than his average losing trade (+$471.82 vs -$571.65). To stay profitable, Bill has nearly 70% winning trades and 57% winning days. And, critically, he never loses too much on any one day — his largest winning day is $4,776 vs. a largest losing day of $1,550. 

Here's a closer look at Bill's equity curve, which is a beautiful lower left to upper right pattern. 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Success Stories, Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Futures, Risk Management

The Weekly Preview: Fed and Jobs Take Center Stage

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 28, 2019

This is going to be an action-packed week in futures and forex markets thanks to some major macroeconomic events: Wednesday's Federal Reserve announcement and Friday's Non-Farms Payrolls and Unemployment Reports. 

Mark, who believes that the bottom in equity futures and the risk-off trade is not yet in, debates with Dan, who believes it is, about how these events might drive the next big move in markets. Here's how they're approaching the week. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Futures

What it Takes to be a Profitable Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 27, 2019


In 2018, TopstepTrader funded more than 1,020 futures trading accounts with our capital. Behind all of those accounts was one risk manager: Mick Ieronimo. Mick saw the behaviors and trades that powered successful traders, as well as those behaviors that were common among unsuccessful traders.

In this must listen-to episode of Limit Up!, Mick discusses all of these things and what he has learned as a trader, both independently and with 'Market Wizard' Linda Raschke, and risk manager with TopstepTrader. 

Limit Up! is also available on iTunesGoogle Play or Spotify, where you can subscribe to get fresh episodes each week delivered to your inbox. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, Futures, Mick Ieronimo

This is the Worst Thing You can do while Trading in Heightened Volatility

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 05, 2018

This is an incredible trading environment. Yesterday's moves in U.S. equity, interest rate and forex markets offered tremendous opportunities. This is a time when traders have to adjust their strategy, says Peter Davies of Jigsaw Trading. 

Peter recently sat down with Topstep's Eddie Horn to talk about how to trade volatility — from someone who has been involved in markets from before the 1999 tech boom and bust. Peter offers tactical advice for traders, including what the absolute worst adjustment you can make in heightened volatility is and how you can improve your performance each and every day. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, Peter Davies, Futures

3 Things I Did to Pass Step 1 and Step 2 of the Trading Combine® in 15 days

Posted by Jason Love, Oil Trading Group on November 06, 2018

Hello, my name is Jason Love, and I am the Founder and Lead Trader for the Oil Trading Group.

As a way of quick background, I have been affiliated with TopstepTrader in one capacity or another since 2012. I have been a funded trader, educator and webinar presenter. I strongly recommend TopstepTrader to all the traders with whom I come in to contact. Even if the trader has no intention of becoming a funded trader, I advise them to take (and pass) a Trading Combine® prior to risking their own funds.

The reason for this is quite simple: if you can pass a Trading Combine using TopstepTrader’s parameters, then you will be in a better position to handle your live trading account and, ultimately, in a better position to make money trading futures.

That’s why, from time-to-time, I will also enter a Trading Combine and trade it live in front of my trading room audience. The purpose is to demonstrate live what we talk about all the time: the fact that the number one job of a trader is to preserve capital. Making money is secondary to preserving capital.

Here are three things I did to pass my latest Trading Combine in 15 days.

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Futures

Trade Better: How to Adjust to Volatility and Avoid Frustration

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 04, 2018

Trading can be frustrating. Perhaps never more so than when you think you are seeing the market clearly and yet, you can't seem to take advantage. 

That was the topic of a post on Topstep's private Facebook community, where Lee A. said:

"I'm again having the comical problem of being 100% correct in directional moves, yet getting stopped out or filling entries that go nowhere. And just found myself upside down once again today and had to cut a trade at a big loss. Can anyone share some wisdom?"

The post hit a nerve within the community, particularly given the recent volatility that has some traders wondering how to adjust their styles in a new environment. So, Performance Coach Dan Hodgman and our Content Manager Mark Meadows got on Facebook Live to talk through their recommendations for adjustments traders should make to continue to make money trading futures. Enjoy. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Forex, Futures

Success Story: How One Funded Trader Made a $7,000 Withdrawal in October

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 03, 2018

Why have we been saying that markets right now are full of opportunities? Because volatility plus risk management can equal big profits. Take just one example, Jacob B. in Utah, who started in his TopstepTrader Funded Account® on October 1 and amassed a healthy amount of profits and a $7,000 withdrawal check by the end of the month. 

What can you learn from how Jacob managed his account and took advantage of what the market gave him? 

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Basics, Futures

This is How to Trade Through Volatility: Trading Through the 2008 Crisis

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 13, 2018

10 years ago, markets presented opportunities that we haven't seen since — if you were disciplined and poised to take advantage. It's a bit ironic that on the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, we are seeing current markets go a little haywire. 

In this documentary, we talk with five traders about what it was like to trade through the 2008 financial crisis, how they adjusted and what their thoughts are for markets 10 years later. You are not going to want to miss it. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Yra Harris, Trading Setups, Equities, Anne-Marie Baiynd

A Poker Champion on Making Better Decisions

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 01, 2018

You may know Annie Duke as the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions winner in 2004. But you don't make more than $4.2 million in lifetime earnings on the professional poker circuit without knowing how to make decisions and manage risk. 

For Annie, that's been a lifetime passion — and one that she is pursuing more than ever now that she is retired from professional poker. 

In this interview with Topstep's Eddie Horn, Annie details why our decision-making is flawed and how we can change the way we approach problems to reach better decisions. Annie takes complex topics like "resulting" and "hindsight bias" and breaks it into easy-to-understand pieces that will improve your trading. 

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Topics: Trading Basics, Limit Up!, Forex, Futures, Currency Pages, Annie Duke

Patience Pays: How a Funded Trader Cashed in on a $2,700 Trade

Posted by TopstepFX on September 26, 2018

Imagine being in one trade over four days, watching your P&L go up $1,000 to even, back to up $1,000 to even as the market gyrates 40-50 pips over hours. Your long bias is still valid, so you sit in the trade, waiting for things to play out.

To compound matters, add that the last time the market did this, it was a false breakout that caused you to lose some money.

That's the scenario that Gabriele T. from Italy found himself in last week when he was long EUR/USD after it broke out above 1.1650. Yet Gabriele was able to be patient and let the trade work out, a decision that ultimately helped him profit $2,700. 

In this week's The Trade, we break down the market setup and what Gabriele did so right. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Trading Basics, Forex, EUR/USD, Trading Setups, The Trade, TopstepFX Funded Traders

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