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Trading Education Posted by Team Topstep April 1, 2021

Embrace Change to Keep the Trading Itch

Trading as a career is not consistent or stable. It takes a certain personality and a certain discipline to succeed as a trader. This week on Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan are sharing their personal stories of catching the trading bug. Tune in for their origin stories.



Full Show Notes:

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 they discovered their future careers. They also discuss ways to maintain your trading edge and why adaptability is the most important quality for traders. Take a listen to the episode.

  • (01:10) – Getting the trading itch
  • (09:07) – Action seeking
  • (12:54) – Mentorship
  • (16:47) – Finding an edge
  • (23:54) – Losing the itch
  • (30:22) – Sweaty palm days


About Limit Up!

Limit Up! is a podcast brought to you by Topstep about trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty much whatever else the wonderful world of markets has to offer. It’s hosted by two former professional traders, Jack and Dan, who still dabble in futures, forex, options, political betting—they basically love to follow the action. They’ll teach you how to trade, but more importantly, how to develop the habits that make traders good. Risk Disclosure:

Topstep is the premiere funding opportunity for traders looking to make the most of market opportunities without risking their own capital. When traders pass the completely-objective Trading Combine®, Topstep funds them with proprietary money. Guaranteed. Beyond funding, we seek to instill better habits in our traders (hence the Limit Up! Podcast and other educational resources). Topstep has been based in Chicago since 2012.

Jack Pelzer is a co-host of Limit Up! He traded as part of a U.S. Treasury group for 7 years at Chopper Trading and DRW. After leaving the industry, he became a Writing Fellow and Senior Contributing Writer for The Onion. He is now the Head of Content at Topstep.

Dan Hodgman is a co-host of Limit Up! Before coming to Topstep, Dan traded 30 Yr Treasury Options and Yield Spreads. Before that, he served in the United States Marine Corps, where he simultaneously managed his own Futures Account, applying the skills he grew up learning from clerking on the trading floor. Now Dan works with the Traders here at Topstep as a Performance Coach and is a regular on the Daily Market Recap.

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Podcast episode production by Dante32.