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Trading Education Posted by Team Topstep July 23, 2020

Getting Back to the Trading Basics with The Trader Chick

Episode Summary:

When Marina Villatoro started her website, The Trader Chick, her initial goal was to teach trading basics to entice more women to join the industry. Her simplified, bare-bones approach however, has resonated with both men and women and The Trader Chick teaches people across the globe the basics of trading. She joins Jack on this week’s edition of Limit Up! to talk about her journey.

Full Show Notes:

To be a successful trader, you don’t need to make 30 trades a day and drive a Lamborghini (although that’s always the dream). Sometimes the most effective strategy, especially right now with all the market volatility, is to get back to the trading basics. This week on Limit Up!, The Trader Chick, Marina Villatoro, joins us to talk about simplifying your trading process.

Marina has a fascinating life story; she was born in the USSR, moved to America, began traveling the world and ended up married in Guatemala. Her trading story didn’t begin until she decided to switch career paths for her 40th birthday. Now she is a successful trading instructor and coach through her website, The Trader Chick.

Listen in for Marina’s story and get her tips on getting back to the basics of trading.

  • (01:49) – Market reaction
  • (06:40) – Interview with Marina Villatoro
  • (06:54) – Aerobics, travel, and trading
  • (16:04) – Speaking the language of the market
  • (20:48) – Trigger happiness
  • (24:09) – How The Trader Chick evolved
  • (27:48) – Back to the basics
  • (31:36) – Moving average strategies
  • (35:27) – Sustaining the lifestyle
  • (38:09) – Financial instruments
  • (41:21) – Competitive rock climbing

Marina Villatoro, ‘The Trader Chick,’ is an international speaker on stages such as the MoneyShow, NinjaTrader and TradersExpo, plus a mentor and teacher to over 700 students, she has been trading and teaching the financial markets for years. Marina started her trading journey on her 40th birthday, when she jumped in with both feet and started trading ES minis (Futures Market) and hasn’t looked back. The journey wasn’t easy and after losing her entire account in a matter of minutes, she had a massive breakthrough.

The entire industry was teaching the Day Trading process to be way too complex. She realized that no one was teaching the most important part of trading – the basics, reading and understanding the market language. It speaks to us loud and clear, and being able to truly understand it will take your trading to whole new levels.

Today, she stands out in her industry amongst the gurus as one who embraces the spirituality of Day Trading and works hard to help others start transforming their lives one trade at a time.


What is Limit Up?

Limit Up! is a podcast for traders of all levels brought to you by Topstep. Whether you’re considering a career in trading and don’t know where to start, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for advice from big names in the financial industry, Limit Up! is your guide. Join us weekly as we discuss the market in all of its volatile glory. Risk Disclosure:

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! Prior to 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 as well as being a regular on the Daily Market Recap.

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