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

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 Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, EUR/USD, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders

This is How You Profit on a Break Below Major Support

Posted by TopstepTrader on August 27, 2018

Breakouts above major resistance or breakdowns below major support are a trader's dream. They occur rarely, but offer opportunities for trades over multiple days. Such was the case when Euro futures ($6E) broke down in mid-August. 

For multiple months, the Euro put in a strong level of support around 1.16, bouncing between there and lower highs beginning in May. As the chart shows, this put in a technical formation of a descending triangle, which is a bearish technical pattern. That bearish pattern played out here in the Euro when prices ultimately broke below support.

Coach Dan breaks down this trade and exactly how traders can identify these moves and profit. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, Euro

Funded Trader: $2,300 in Profits Riding Nasdaq to New Highs

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 24, 2018

We say it often — trading is all about your risk-to-reward ratio. In this trade, Brad M. from Chicago nailed going long Nasdaq ($NQ) futures and riding one contract for more than 100 points and $2,296.04 in profits. That's something worth celebrating, right Brad? 

Coach Dan breaks down Brad's trade, placed on July 17, in this week's episode of The Trade.  Coach Dan goes over what Brad saw, how he executed his trading bias and what price level he targeted and where he might have gotten out of the trade if it went sideways. 

By looking at what Brad saw at the time, Dan outlines what happened in the market and what you can learn and take into your trading. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, Nasdaq

8 Days, $10K in Profits for a Funded Futures Trader

Posted by TopstepTrader on July 09, 2018

If you've been following TopstepTrader on social media, you've probably seen the name Mykhailio C., one of our funded futures traders from Ukraine. That's because in his first month trading in a Funded Account™, Mykhailio absolutely crushed it.

Trading Crude Oil ($CL) exclusively, Mykhailio averages nearly $550 in profits each day he trades — winning and losing days included. If he maintained that pace, it equates to more than $125,000 in annual trading gains. 

He is profitable on 71% of his winning days. Some of those winning days, as Coach Dan describes in this episode of The Trade, include days where just 20% of his trades were profitable. But that's what's possible with a favorable risk management setup. And that's how you can build an 8-day winning streak into $10,000 in realized profits. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, Crude Oil

$1,500+ Trade: When Overnight Trading Presents Opportunities

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 28, 2018

The best part about trading being 23 hours a day is that it can present opportunities at any point in the day. For many traders that trade futures part-time, that means that the market is there when you have the time to dedicate. 

But you still have to think through your trade. And in this episode of The Trade,  Coach Dan Hodgman breaks down a trade by funded trader Evan L. in Colorado. On June 18, as rumors of tariff and trade disputes stirred, Evan took a short position in the Nasdaq. In that trade, Evan made more than $1,500 in real profits. 

As Coach Dan outlines, everything that Evan did, he nailed spot on — from his use of market dynamics to a target that matched perfectly with major trend lines. In one of his more in-depth analysis, Coach Dan also breaks down other levels in play, as well as additional places that traders would have be "right" to take profits. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, Nasdaq

The 3 Best Resources to Improve Your Trading Now

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 16, 2018

No matter where you are this weekend, you can become a better trader. That's because progress is about deliberate practice. And it's hard to carve out time while the markets are open for deliberate practice. 

But with markets closed, now's a good time to reflect on what went right last week and what you can improve for next week. To do that, we've compiled our favorite resources of the week. Here are three resources to help you trade better — all of which can be reviewed in less than an hour.

They include a look at what separates successful traders from struggling traders, a video interview with a 35-year investing legend about how to build a career in trading, and the latest Limit Up podcast with about finding your trading stride.

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Topics: Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, Weekend Curriculum, Limit Up!, Yra Harris

This is How to Trade a Trend Line Breakout

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 04, 2018

Since making new, all-time highs in January and then crashing 10% in February, the E-Mini S&P has consolidated. As the chart below indicates, it put in lower highs in March and April, but each lower high was also accompanied by a higher low. 

To anyone looking at the daily candlestick chart (shown above) the market was clearly gearing up for its next move. In this episode of The Trade, Coaches Dan Hodgman and John Hoagland revisit the breakout as prices approached that descending trend line on May 7, 8 and 9.

They talk about how they analyzed the market at the time, why it may have been more natural to take a short position as the market approached that line (with a stop above), and why the E-Mini typically doesn't confirm breakouts higher with high volume. 

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Topics: Performance Coaching, Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, The Trade, E-Mini S&P

Trade Better Now: Your Weekend Curriculum

Posted by TopstepTrader on June 02, 2018

Regardless of how things turned out last week, next week is a mystery. What are you doing this weekend to get better at trading?

Luckily, TopstepTrader has you covered. Here are three resources that will make a huge impact on your trading next week, but take less than an hour to check out. 

“A peak performance trader is totally committed to being the best and doing whatever it takes to be the best." — Dr. Van K. Tharp

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Topics: Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, Weekend Curriculum, John Hoagland, Forex

Your Weekend Curriculum: Profits are About Process

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 12, 2018

What are you doing in the next 48 hours to trade better next week? 

This week, we compiled three resources that you have to check out. If you do, we promise you'll be in a better place when markets reopen. 

Don't just take our word for it; listen to hedge fund manager and billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, who said"The secret to being successful from a trading perspective is to have an indefatigable and an undying and unquenchable thirst for information and knowledge."

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Topics: Futures, Trading Setups, Trading Basics, Weekend Curriculum, Jesse Livermore, Michael Marcus, Mike Bellafiore

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