Forex Trader with $4,100 in Withdrawals: For the Love of Trading, Set a Stop Loss

Posted by TopstepFX on June 18, 2018

Nikhil O. in Illinois, U.S.A. got off to a troubled start in his TopstepFX Funded Account™.

In his first three days trading, he lost more than 70% of his overall cushion — losing $930 of his overall $1,300 account loss limit for the $200K Trading Combine®.

But he turned that around, and five days later, his overall P&L was $325. In another week, he built a nice base of profits that led to more than $4,100 in withdrawals.

So what’s his secret? No secret — just a lot of hard work, lessons learned and dedication.

The real lesson is that Nikhil is just like you. He has a full-time job, but a passion to make a living trading. And to reach that goal, he’s working on maximizing his trading strengths and minimizing his weaknesses, which is why TopstepFX is a great place for him.

We recently sat down with Nikhil to talk about his journey trading and what he would tell other traders in the TopstepFX Trading Combine. Here’s what he said.

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

The 3 Hottest Opportunities in the Forex Market

Posted by TopstepFX on May 23, 2018

The following was written and emailed to TopstepFX subscribers on Wednesday, May 16. To subscribe, start an account at https://app.topstepfx.com/register.

Heading into the summer, you might not expect this to be one of the most active times for the forex market. But in 2018, you can't make that assumption. 

Between the U.S. and China in a trade war — or trade dispute, depending who you ask — overall market volatility is staying high, presenting lots of opportunities to capitalize on. The GBP/USD has come $0.10 off its high, while the EUR/USD is down $0.08. 

The recent surge in the U.S. Dollar is among one of the three opportunities for forex traders to take advantage of. Here they are all the opportunities and why.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Forex

3 Lessons After the Greatest Trade Ever

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 22, 2018

Yesterday, we talked about hedge fund manager John Paulson, who made what was called The Greatest Trade Ever. And just as that trade had three important lessons, so does John Paulson’s performance a decade after it was made.

While Paulson’s firm made money for a bit, some of his top funds have not done well in the meantime. For instance, Paulson’s Advantage Fund was down double digits for three years. The Paulson Partners Enhanced fund fell 35% in 2017.

In total, Paulson may have lost more of his investor’s capital since 2008 than he made in his $15 billion run. That’s because money poured in and his performance changed. Here are three lessons you can learn from his reversal of fortunes.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Market Wizards, Forex, Futures, John Paulson

3 Lessons from the “Greatest Trade Ever”

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 21, 2018

One series of trades — $15 billion in profits. That’s what Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman dubbed The Greatest Trade Ever.

If you don’t know the reference, we’re talking about when Hedge Fund Manager John Paulson made a series of calculated bets against the subprime mortgage market starting in 2006. The bets took his hedge fund from relative obscurity to household name, earning himself and his investors windfall profits.

To put it in context, there were single days where Paulson made $1 billion in profits. Here are three tactical lessons that you can learn from Paulson’s execution of the Greatest Trade Ever.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Market Wizards, Forex, Futures, John Paulson

This is the Best Time to Trade Forex

Posted by TopstepFX on April 26, 2018

With the prevalence of OTC forex markets, traders can trade forex nearly 24 hours a day, five days a week. But just because the market is open doesn’t necessarily mean it presents you with the best trade opportunities. In forex, the best time to trade is when the market is moving. Here are those times and what to look for when trading them.  

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex

3 Tips from a Resilient Trader: Interview with a Funded Trader

Posted by TopstepFX on April 23, 2018

If there's one thing that more than 13 years of trading teaches you, it's that trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It's a lot of hard work, setbacks and persistence. These are traits that Jacqui W. in Maryland, TopstepFX's latest funded trader, possesses.

Jacqui passed Step 1 of the Trading Combine® in just five days. From there, he says that he became overconfident and eager to to earn a Funded Account™ to start trading live capital. As a result, it took him a little more than two months to pass Step 2. 

We caught up with Jacqui last week to learn more about his trading strategy and what advice he would give other traders in the Trading Combine. 

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

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

What It's Like to Lose $16K in 2 Minutes Trading Forex

Posted by Mark Meadows, TopstepFX on April 17, 2018

At 7:05 PM ET on October 6, 2016, I had $6,350 in my retail forex trading account. I was long 210,000 of GBP/USD — max leverage  anticipating that the Pound was nearing a post-Brexit recovery four months after the initial event shook the system.

Two minutes later, I lost $16,000 — the $6,350 PLUS an extra $9,579.91 before my broker was able to liquidate the position. All of this was because of the British Pound Flash Crash caused by (what I would later learn) one fat finger trade and algorithms halfway across the world.

Here's what I learned about what it's like to get caught in a flash crash.

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Topics: Trading Lessons, Forex

9 Incredible Trading Quotes to Motivate You for the Week Ahead

Posted by TopstepTrader on April 09, 2018

Markets are up and roaring for another week — with everyone's ears perked up listening for how the trade war / not trade war situation plays out between the United States and China. 

But while you can't control what President Donald Trump or President Xi Jinping do, you can control your entries, stops and exits. Here are some of our favorite quotes to get you motivated this week.

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Topics: Trading Basics, Trading Lessons, Market Wizards, Forex, Futures

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

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