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This is the Limit Up! Podcast - the place where we explore trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty much whatever else the wonderful world of markets has to offer. The Limit Up! Podcast is brought to you by Topstep and hosted by Jack Pelzer and Dan Hodgman. They’ll teach you how to trade, but more importantly, how to develop the habits that make traders good. Risk Disclosure: https://www.topstep.com/risk-disclosure/ Listen Notes
 
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Who do you listen to when it comes to trading? Doing your homework and staying informed is an important aspect of long term trading success. As is having a place to bounce around ideas and hear different perspectives. However it’s also critical that you vet those sources. This week on Limit Up! Jack and Dan discuss the double-edge sword of easy acc…
 
How do you build long term success in day trading? That’s the topic Jack and Dan are tackling this week with practical suggestions for account management, capital allocation and overall risk and money management, helping you find term success to keep you in the game. As always they kick things off with a discussion of current markets including the …
 
Today Jack and Dan are discussing corrections, inflation and you - yes, you, because this could be affecting all of us. They dive into the idea of market corrections, what they are, the historical context and what you should be looking for right now if you are trading in the futures market specifically. Limit Up! is a podcast brought to you by Tops…
 
The VIX is up 25 percent. We're back to that 20 handles and that means there's some good day trading coming down the pipe. That being said, we know that's not always the case. So today, we're bringing you a recent segment of The Coach's Playbook with the incomparable Carol Jorissen, big time commodities trader back in the day. We talk about how to …
 
Are Reddit traders engaging in market manipulation? Today on Limit Up! Jack and Dan talk about why it’s so hard to nail down what is and isn’t manipulation, and how meme stock traders are pointing out interesting flaws in the current system. Limit Up! is a podcast brought to you by Topstep about trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty…
 
When should you change the way you trade? Jack and Dan offer their takes on how to tell if your trading strategy isn’t working, and the first steps towards making meaningful changes. They also talk about the news in crude oil contracts and Microsoft’s recent $2 trillion dollar valuation. Limit Up! is a podcast brought to you by Topstep about tradin…
 
Should you trade options or futures? Today’s Limit Up! is all about answering that timeless question. Jack and Dan weigh the pros and cons of the two and discuss why factors like your timeframe, funding and long term goals could inform your decision. Dan also shares why he thinks the S&P is due for a downward adjustment and why that’s not such a ba…
 
What can traders expect this summer to hold for them? Jack and Dan talk about the annual slowing down of the markets in the summer, how retail trading’s rise could affect it and why you should always avoid trading Friday afternoons. They also discuss the new inflation numbers coming out from the Fed and the newest developments in the world of meme …
 
On this week's episode Jack and Dan discuss the different types of traders and trading styles they've seen in the markets, as seen in Topstep's recent "Which Trader are You?" quiz. They break down Gunslingers, Lifestyle traders, Zen traders and Grinders — and the pros and cons of each. They also take a minute to look at AMC’s recent rise and meme s…
 
How do prop shops judge traders? Jack and Dan talk about the metrics and strategies prop shops use to select traders and measure their risk and success. They also comment on the recent chaos in cryptocurrencies and the long-term challenges facing crypto traders. Limit Up! is a podcast brought to you by Topstep about trading, trading psychology, tra…
 
On today’s special edition of Limit Up! Topstep staff and former traders John Doherty, Mick Ieronimo and John Hoagland talk to new Topstep contributor Carol Jorissen. Carol talks about coming up in the commodities pits, the in and outs of the grain markets and tips for other traders looking to start trading more commodities. Limit Up! is a podcast …
 
Today’s Limit Up! is all about risk and reward. How do you maintain long-term profitability in a risky business? Jack and Dan dive into the importance of looking at your trades in the bigger picture, scaling up your trading strategy, and the two factors to look at when assessing your trading plan. They also take a moment to talk about rising commod…
 
Trading isn’t just about making money moves. Research is an essential part of the process. Jack and Dan talk about doing your due diligence before a trade, how research gives you an edge, and the importance of learning the quirks of specific markets. They also discuss the pros and cons of different news and research sources and why charts should be…
 
Pilots train to fly in simulators before they ever get into a plane. At Topstep, we believe that trading in simulators is a safer way to learn the ins and outs of trading than just throwing yourself into the live market. But how do you know if your strategy that works so well in a sim will carry over to the floor? This week on Limit Up! Podcast, Ja…
 
We all want to be confident traders. But there is a huge difference between confidence and competence. In part two of our series with Mental Game Coach Jared Tendler, we’re talking about how confidence in and of itself should not be your goal. Jared walks us through the Dunning Kruger Effect (think American Idol contestants who have no idea how bad…
 
Emotions cannot be eliminated. Instead of trying to push away strong emotions, traders need to learn what the emotion is really trying to tell you. Jared Tendler is a Mental Game Coach and expert in performance psychology. He talked to Jack and Dan on this week’s edition of Limit Up! about his latest book, The Mental Game of Trading. Jared has succ…
 
For Jack, trading began with some trading tips from his grandfather. Dan grew up in a trading household. These experiences shaped their lives, however, even with that exposure trading can only be successful when you have the desire and the interest. On this week’s edition of Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan are sharing their personal stories of how …
 
Most novice traders want to know the stats of more experienced traders. However, a better question to ask yourself is, “What are my personal strengths and weaknesses?” If you know the conditions under which you thrive as well as what makes you tick, you will be more successful. In the business world, this is called SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknes…
 
If you’re down on your luck, take a break from trading. If you’re on a hot streak, take a break from trading. There are countless stories of people getting in over their heads which is why knowing your out is one of the most important skills to develop. This week on the podcast Jack and Dan define “going on tilt.” Listen to learn the history of the…
 
The GameStop drama in January and February has given a lot of attention to social sites like the WallStreetBets Reddit page. But what are the pros and cons to making trades based off of information gleaned from social media? This week on Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan talk about how WallStreetBets and Discord have changed the game. They offer advi…
 
You can’t trade for 23 hours a day. Eventually, you’re going to hit a breaking point. With so much money to be made in the stock market, it’s easy to want to push through and keep going. But you really need to take time off and pace yourself. This week on Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan discuss the importance of taking time off for your general wel…
 
Everyone knows that timing is everything when it comes to trading. But timing goes beyond getting lucky on a big trade. Good traders have a plan and execution strategy for every type of trade they get into. On today’s edition of Limit Up! Podcast, Dan returns after a bout with Covid (he’s ok!) to talk to Jack about the strategy behind timing. They …
 
While most traders have some degree of impulsivity, when it comes down to it, trading is all about understanding patterns. Ego can drive traders to make rash decisions. If you employ a strategy in which patterns guide your trades, you will make better decisions and have a clearer view of what is happening in the market. This week’s episode of Limit…
 
To be a good trader, you need to have good instincts and well-established routines. That means taking the day off when you’re not 100% and sticking to the daily routine that keeps you healthy and alert. As part of our series on technical analysis, Jack, Dan, and John Doherty are sharing their personal trading habits to help you plan out the routine…
 
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you have no doubt heard about the GameStop stock drama. What started as a once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich quick has become a David versus Goliath story of retail traders rebelling against massive hedge funds. Limit Up! is taking a short break from our trading fundamentals series to bring …
 
Charts. Some people love them, others question whether they actually work. To broaden your understanding of technical analysis, today’s episode of Limit Up! is diving into the history of this chart heavy theory. Jack and Dan are joined by Topstep’s John Doherty to give you an overview of the history of technical analysis and talk about how you can …
 
Simulations are just that: simulations. Trading in real life is vastly different. Some traders get so comfortable in simulations that they take bigger chances than they should when they get to the real trading floor. On this week’s edition of Limit Up!, Jack and Dan walk you through tips and tricks to make the jump from simulation to real trades. J…
 
This week’s installment of our new Trader Development Series is all about how to open a brokerage account. Jack and Dan are joined by longtime trader, and Founder/Chief Visionary Officer of Topstep, Michael Patak, for a discussion on futures brokerages. Listen to their conversation to learn about the importance of risk management, trading small, an…
 
Limit Up! is kicking off 2021 by getting back to the basics. This week, Jack and Dan are sharing their essential trading tips for newbies and veterans alike. Listen in for their advice as well as resources and book recommendations. They explain why it’s so important, especially for new traders, to keep things simple and not bite off more than you c…
 
This week on Limit Up! We are saying so long to 2020 with a special compilation of some of our favorite guests from this year. In this episode, we have highlighted some of the best tips about improving your trading game. Listen for advice from traders such as Chris Tate, Austin Silver, Matt Miller, and many more. Bring this energy to 2021 and make …
 
What makes Santa such a great gift-giver? He has his system for delivering presents on lock. To be an effective trader, you have to put in the work to create a system that works for you and stick to it. This week on Limit Up! we are revisiting some of the best advice on trading systems we’ve gleaned from our guests in 2020. Take a listen for tradin…
 
As we round into the holiday season at the Topstep office, Jack and Dan are ending the year strong with their last interview of the year. Greg Baird comes onto the show to break down all things stocks, futures and options as well as what it’s like to answer the lure of the pit when you’re just getting started. Greg talks about the importance of alw…
 
Viktor Nebehaj didn’t originally want to get into investing. Preferring technology over finance, his career started with HTML and SEO rather than stocks and ETF. After an early stint at Google in the early 00’s left him with some of their stock, he started to get more interested in the financial world of investing and trading. Faced with challenges…
 
Latoya Smith worked in finance for a time before pursuing her passion for trading. She is now the co-founder of The Profit Room, a stock market and trading educational company. On this week’s edition of the Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan talked to Latoya about her road to becoming a day trader. One interesting thing about Latoya is that she learne…
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners! As a special holiday treat, this week on Limit Up! we have compiled some of our best advice from forex traders. Whether you have been wanting to trade forex or you have no idea what that is, we’ve got you covered by expert guests including Akil Stokes, Etienne Crete, and Austin Silver. Listen to the episo…
 
Jack Pelzer is one of the fearless hosts of Limit Up! Podcast. If you’ve wondered about his experience as a trader or how he came to be the voice of Topstep, this week’s episode will answer your burning questions. After getting his start at a big prop firm amidst the turmoil of the Great Recession, Jack earned a Master's degree, wrote for the satir…
 
If you’re a regular listener, you know that Topstep’s own Dan Hodgman comes from a family of traders. But his route to the trading floor and ultimately to Topstep was not linear. On this week’s episode of Limit Up! Jack interviewed Dan to find out how he became a trader and how those experiences shaped the kinds of trades he makes. Dan talked about…
 
To be a successful trader requires strategy and creating systems that help you succeed. When you get stuck in the emotion of trading, it becomes little more than gambling. Austin Silver is a Forex trader and Head of Trading and Education at ASFX. He believes that the key trait of successful traders is to create your own trading plan. Austin joined …
 
Etienne Crete is the founder of Desire To Trade, a trading education website. Before he became a founder and full-time trader, he worked a job he hated and searched for a way to generate income while devoting time to his love of traveling. His success came about thanks to his adherence to routines and systems designed to help him improve his skills…
 
The media often portrays trading as a get rich quick scheme. The reality however, is that trading is a job like any other and it is a job that contains a high degree of stress. Many trading education programs focus on how to trade, but not many offer tools on how to find personal happiness while trading. Jacob Rudge of TradeHappy wants to change th…
 
Modern economists have grown so reliant on bailouts whenever there is market instability that the tax burden inevitably gets passed on to regular people. Most US families only have income streams from their jobs, the most heavily taxed revenue stream. Jerry Robinson is a trader and author who wants to change all that. On today’s episode of Limit Up…
 
Recency bias means that you pay the most attention to the last thing you heard or said over historic knowledge. For many traders that means that because the markets have been going up that they will always go up. Chris Tate is a trading veteran and the Director at Trading Game. He joined Jack and Dan to discuss this phenomenon. Chris has been a tra…
 
Hollywood has given many would-be traders a warped perception of what it actually means to be a trader. The truth is, trading isn’t a get rich quick scheme so much as a skill that needs to be developed. Akil Stokes is a trading coach and co-founder of Tier One Trading. He joins Dan this week to debunk some of the myths around trading. Akil also tak…
 
Elections have the power to turn markets into chaos. Just look back at 2016 and Brexit to see the uncertainty and volatility. We can’t tell you who will win the 2020 election, but we can tell you how to plan your trades for the weeks leading up to November 3. This week on Limit Up! we’re hosting a panel discussion about the strategy of trading arou…
 
When you’re a trader, wins are fleeting, and hypervigilance is key to not losing money. This can create a high degree of stress and uncertainty. Adam Boostrom is a former trader turned author, investor, and startup founder. He sat down with Jack and Dan to discuss his life beyond the trading floor. These days, Adam is following the Warren Buffet ap…
 
Interested in getting involved in structured note trading? Our guest this week on Limit Up! is Biju Kulathakal, founder of Halo Investing and a huge proponent of this type of trade. He offers up a convenient guide to structured note trading and how risk is assessed. Biju did not get into trading via the traditional route. After starting his career …
 
When it comes to trading, Gary Morrow, investment advisor and President of Yosemite Asset Management, considers himself a bull. He was around for the 1987 crash and currently counsels investors both in his private practice and on his popular blog, This Week on Wall Street. His advice for nervous traders: embrace the decline. Gary joined Jack and Da…
 
This week on Limit Up! we’re welcoming back to the podcast Bob Greifeld, the former CEO of Nasdaq and current Chairman of Virtu Financial. Over the past 20 years, Bob has witnessed a tremendous shift in the trading industry. He joins us today to talk about how things have changed and what he sees ahead for retail trading. Bob touched on issues of t…
 
Gary Antonacci wrote the award-winning book, Dual Momentum Investing: An Innovative Strategy for Higher Returns with Lower Risk. He’s back for his second time on the Limit Up! Podcast to give us an overview of his theory of dual momentum. He shared how this theory takes into account 200 years of market trend information and explains how this system…
 
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