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How to Create Consistent Profitability in Your Trading!

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 17, 2020

Putting the process before profitability…

Listen, nobody’s perfect. Everyone eventually puts on a losing trade; it’s an inevitable fact of life in this business. Today, the guys are going to walk you through a few lessons they’ve learned over the years about maintaining consistent profitability.


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Topics: Performance Coaching, Coach's Playbook, Trading Lessons, Trading Psychology, Trading Plan, John Hoagland, Dan Hodgman, Jack Pelzer, video

5 Steps for Creating a Great Trading Plan in 2020!

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 13, 2020

Following up on last years list years list of '5 Steps For Creating A Great Trading Plan In 2019', Jack, Dan, John and Mick are back to give you a fresh perspective for 2020! 


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Topics: Performance Coaching, Coach's Playbook, Trading Lessons, Trading Psychology, Trading Plan, Mick Ieronimo, John Hoagland, Dan Hodgman, Jack Pelzer, video

You Should Have a Trading Journal. So Why Don't You?

Posted by Peter Davies on January 08, 2020

Every educator worth their salt will tell you, it’s important to journal your trades, to keep a record so you can track your progress.

However, almost all traders fail to heed this advice. In fact, of the traders I work with, I’d say that less than 5% keep a consistent trade history. It’s not just laziness at play here; there are practical and psychological reasons that make keeping a journal a challenge.

Let’s start by looking at some of the reasons you might avoid journaling your trades.

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Topics: Peter Davies, Trading Plan, Futures, trading strategy, Jigsaw Trading

Funded Trader Andres H. from Nicaragua Stays Calm

Posted by TopstepTrader on December 15, 2019

Andres H. from Nicaragua describes himself as an entrepreneur, which is a great skill set to bring to the trading world. A few months back he aced the $50K Trading Combine and earned his very own Funded Account. Since then, he's focused on staying calm and choosing disciplined entries—especially when the markets get volatile.

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Topics: TopstepTrader Funded Traders, Trading Plan, Futures

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Market Internals

Posted by Pat Crawley on December 08, 2019

Looking at market internals is like looking under the hood of a car. From outside the vehicle, you can see a lot. If the car is making odd noises, if smoke is emitting from the exhaust pipe, and so on. But to know what is going on with the engine, you have to pop the hood. The same is true of the stock market.

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures, E-Mini S&P, Stocks, Indicators

Funded Trader Johnny P. on How Practice Makes Perfect

Posted by TopstepFX on December 06, 2019

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.   

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Topics: Forex, Trading Plan, TopstepFX Funded Traders, TopstepFX

3 Indicators ES Traders Need to Watch

Posted by Pat Crawley on December 01, 2019

The SierraChart platform alone has about 400 technical indicators, with hundreds more available to purchase from third-party vendors. Beyond the realm of technical indicators, you can use other securities or indexes as an indicator for the security your trading.

The point I'm trying to get across here is that the signal-to-noise ratio in the trading world is abysmal. At each corner you turn, someone is trying to sell you an indicator, a system, alerts, chat rooms, and so on. Just a handful of these tools of the thousands of options you have are valuable.

In this article, we look at three indicators that /ES traders can use to reduce the noise they experience from indicator overload: VWAP with standard deviation bands, the TICK index, and market profile.

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures, E-Mini S&P, Stocks, Indicators

Stocks vs. Futures: A Guide for Retail Traders

Posted by Pat Crawley on November 17, 2019

Most of us start our trading journey with stocks. It's the most obvious choice because it's the only financial product that most of the general population understands. Our parents might have had shares, we learned about stocks in our high school economics class, and we're familiar with many of the largest companies in the stock market like Apple, Google, and ExxonMobil.

Of those traders who stick it out long enough to learn about other products, such as futures, many end up making the move away from stocks.

If you're considering moving from stocks to futures, it's worth understanding the differences between the two products so you can practically make the transition without surprises or regrets.

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures, Stocks

A Beginner's Guide to Trading Crude Oil Futures

Posted by TopstepTrader on November 03, 2019

Oil makes the world go around. This probably is a revelation to no one. Ever since we started pumping black gold out of the ground in the mid-nineteenth century—mankind just can't get enough of the stuff. 

Beyond making cars go and planes fly, oil also makes countries fight each other in hopes of getting more oil. Pretty much everything you consume depends on it. So perhaps it's not surprising that the Crude Oil futures market commands a great deal of attention. What follows, is a brief overview of oil and oil trading for anyone interested in getting a piece of this nearly $2-trillion dollar market. 

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures, Crude Oil

3 Huge Events Coming Down  Pipe This Week

Posted by TopstepTrader on October 27, 2019

It's time to bring on those sweet, sweet quarterly and monthly acronyms. GDP. FOMC. NFP. They're all coming this week, and that means a good deal of volatility (and risk) will be in play for retail traders. If you want to take advantage, you definitely need to know what to expect. 

How will U.S. GDP inform the Fed announcement released just hours later? How many Reserve Board members will voice dissent to the likely rate cut? Why the hell are equity futures rallying on a bad non-farm payrolls number? 

Read on for an abridged version of the answers you might get from a very heavy economics textbook.

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Topics: Trading Plan, Futures

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