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Avoid Over-trading: 5 Ways to Stop Gifting Money to the Markets (Part 4)

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 24, 2019

Technology has changed many aspects of our lives; one area that has seen massive improvement is the world of investing and trading. There’s never been a better time for the individual investor to participate in financial markets. 

But it’s not all good news. The ability to trade nearly 24/7 and at speeds never seen before has a couple of disadvantages as well. Let’s discuss them here in Part 4 of our series on Not Gifting Money to the Markets. 

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Topics: Risk Management, trading strategy, Emotions

Stop Orders and Profit Targets: 5 Ways to Stop Gifting Money to the Markets (Part 3)

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 21, 2019

The greater the risk, the greater the reward – so the theory goes. Investments that involve little risk typically offer small rewards. And high-risk trades can yield windfall profits.

In trading, risks and rewards define each position. The ratio can be tweaked using tools like stop-losses and profit targets. That’s what Part 3 of our series on Not Gifting Money to the Markets is all about.

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Topics: Risk Management, trading strategy

Ride the Trend: 5 Ways to Stop Gifting Money to the Markets (Part 2)

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 16, 2019

Studies show that we, as human beings, feel the sting from losses to a greater degree than the sense of gratification from winning. That means we would rather not lose than actually win. For that reason, traders sometimes make the mistake of cutting winners too soon and letting losers run. It’s a form of self-sabotage that has ruined more than one trading account.

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Topics: Trading Psychology, Crude Oil, trading strategy

5 Ways to Stop Gifting Money to the Markets, Part 1: Learn to Break Even

Posted by TopstepTrader on May 07, 2019

Consistently lose money as a trader? Game over.

After all, the goal in trading is to generate profits. Like any business, it’s impossible to thrive when your account doesn’t yield positive results from one month to the next. While there are no magic formulas or rules to follow that can guarantee success, there are actionable steps that all traders can take to avoid common pitfalls.

In this five-part series, we’ll explore some of them.

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Topics: trading strategy

From Huge Drawdown to Big Withdrawals: a Funded Trader Shares His Secrets

Posted by TopstepFX on April 09, 2019

 


Four days into his Funded Account®, Nick S. in Texas found himself 51% to his total Account Loss Limit. That's right, his $5,000 balance fell to a closing low of $3,307 — putting him just $1,600 from losing his account. But instead of spiraling deeper and deeper and taking larger risks, Nick says that he was hit with the realization: "This is real money." 

Indeed it was, and Nick finally got back to the strategy that helped him pass the Trading Combine® and earn live trading capital in the first place. That led him on a path to $6,700 in withdrawals over the next two months. 

Here's how Nick did it. 

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Topics: Trading Combine, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages, trading strategy, TopstepFX

Notable Trades: Learning from a $600 Scalp in Crude Oil

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 16, 2019

Our traders are making big and small moves every single day to boost their earnings and further cultivate their trading skills. Every now and then, a trade stands out to us as particularly smart. It’s not always about the most profitable trades, but ones that demonstrate discipline and steady insight. This week's notable trade is a perfect example.

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Topics: Risk Management, Crude Oil, trading strategy, PDH, momentum, scalp, PDL

Funded TopstepFX Trader Offers the Key to Getting Through Step 2 and Trading Smarter

Posted by TopstepFX on January 15, 2019

Here at Topstep, we’re incredibly proud of our funded traders. They worked hard to make it through Step 2 of our process, proved they had the chops to make it trading actual money, and spend their days carefully weighing opportunity and risk.

One such trader is Kevin M. out of Perth, Australia. He joined TopstepFX to hone his trading strategy and improve his trading discipline. In reflecting on his work to date, he mentions that Step 2 really helped him with money management.

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Topics: Trading Combine, Forex, TopstepFX Funded Traders, Currency Pages, trading strategy, TopstepFX

How the Shutdown Is Worrying Traders Now (And Why It Shouldn’t)

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 14, 2019

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We wrote earlier this week about how large government crises, like the ongoing government shutdown, rarely correlate with increased volatility, encouraging traders to remain disciplined and stick to their strategy. We stand by that.

But as we mentioned in that post, just because these events don’t always correlate with increased volatility doesn’t mean they don’t impact the economy or the way we interact with the markets. There are a whole lot of people out there who missed a paycheck Friday as a result of Washington’s stalemate, and while that’s tragic in and of itself, it could have broader implications for the economy.

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Topics: volatility, trading strategy, shutdown, economic data reports

Contemplating Volatility in Your 2019 Trading Strategy

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 09, 2019

December 2018 saw a major surge in market volatility, with the S&P 500 plunging more than 14% at the bottom and the VIX jumping over 68% at its height in the month. While things have settled down some since the start of January, the spectre of volatility looms, everpresent, raising the question: how do you deal with it?

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Topics: Futures, volatility, trading strategy

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