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Funded Traders Posted by Team Topstep June 16, 2022

Meet Jose, a Funded Trader from Costa Rica

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We’re Trying Something Different

We’ve been conducting funded trader interviews for a few years now. Our typical process for sourcing these interviews is to give newly funded traders a little time to settle into their Funded Account®. Then, when we think they’re ready, we reach out to them and see if they are willing to sit down for a recorded interview, and ultimately, we share their story with the rest of our community.

Based on feedback from our traders, we’ve come to understand that not everyone is comfortable with putting themselves out there on video for the world to see. And frankly, we lack the capacity to conduct these interviews in multiple languages. As a result, we realized that we’ve been missing out on many grand trading narratives. 

After a little trial and error, we eventually came up with a new process that will allow us to conduct written interviews with traders from around the world, free from any language barriers and without the commitment of having to go on camera. 

So, without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Jose M., a funded trader from Costa Rica!

Meet Funded Trader Jose M.

Jose is a funded trader from Cartago, Costa Rica, who spends his days working a sales job and his nights moonlighting as an equity index and currency trader. Oh, he’s a real sports nut too, especially when it comes to soccer!

This isn’t Jose’s first lap around the track. After two years of managing a personal brokerage account, he had convinced himself that trading was the best way to generate supplemental income without having to answer to a boss or depend on anyone else. And, after attending an FX trading seminar, his quest for a better lifestyle eventually led him to Topstep, where he’s earned multiple Funded Accounts® over the past year.

We asked Jose a few questions about his trading style and his overall experience with Topstep. Here’s what he had to say…

Q&A with Jose M.


Topstep: What are some of your favorite tools and indicators? Why?

Jose M: Moving Averages because they allow me to have a very accurate forecast about the direction the market will take when I decide to enter the market.


Topstep: Can you describe one of your favorite trade setups?

Jose M: Well, I like to enter a reasonable time after the market’s opening, where you can already have a clear scenario.


Topstep: What is your favorite time of day to trade?

Jose M: The opening of the American session, 8:30 AM CT.


Topstep: What are a few of your strengths and weaknesses?

Jose M: I consider that one of my strengths is the ability to learn and adapt to new trading techniques, as well as the responsibility that this has seen as a profession. But within my weaknesses, I am sometimes affected by anxiety and insecurity when making certain decisions.


Topstep: What are your favorite Topstep resources? Why?

Jose M: Group Coaching (Shoutout to John Hoagland!)


Topstep: Has Topstep made you a better trader?

Jose M: 100%! It has made me mature based on the entire process that one takes from the beginning, through the rules and goals that cause a positive change in one.


Topstep: What do you like most about Topstep?

Jose M: Well, several things. I can cite two main reasons. First, the trading platform, which is super friendly to the trader, and second the customer service they have, which is excellent.


Jose, if you’re reading this, we want to thank you for your kind words and for agreeing to share your story. We hope for your continued success and look forward to checking back with you soon!