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Trading Education Posted by Team Topstep April 9, 2020

Mindset and Trading Psychology with Rich Friesen

Episode Summary:

The current chaos is an opportunity for a paradigm shift. For traders, that includes working on mindset and training your brain to develop more healthy behaviors. Rich Friesen teaches about trading psychology though Mind Muscles for Traders. He joined us on Limit Up! to offer some guidance for traders to better understand their own psychology so they can make better decisions and better trades.

Full Show Notes:

A big issue for many traders right now is deciding whether to cash in on the opportunity inherent in the current market, or to be more conservative and sit this one out. If you’ve been wondering about the psychology of trading and how that plays into current decision making, Rich Friesen of Mind Muscles for Traders is here with a host of techniques to help you keep your head on straight.

Rich shared with us why it’s imperative to drop down to your core strengths and retrain your brain to encourage good habits. There’s a lot in this episode that is applicable to your personal life as well as your trading life so be sure to take some notes!

  • [00:15] – This week: Richard Friesen
  • [03:55] – Market Reaction
  • [06:22] – Interview with Richard Friesen
  • [07:14] – Rapid changes and shifts
  • [15:20] – Creating new habits
  • [19:22] – Mental games
  • [24:55] – Market mood
  • [31:02] – Experimenting in the new paradigm
  • [36:19] – The Golden Keys
  • [42:06] – Creating vision
  • [47:13] – Comfort in the struggle

Rich Friesen works with financial professionals, independent traders, business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to expand their mental game to make more consistent profits. With in depth experience as a broker, floor trader, financial software developer and entrepreneur, he brings concrete real world experience to his clients.

Rich founded Trade Management LLC, one of the most consistently profitable options and equity trading firms on the floor of the PSE. He created a way to visualize option values that enabled his floor traders to instantly execute trading opportunities.

Rich holds a B.A. in Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute in San Francisco along with Master’s certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). His background in psychology has been instrumental in his development of his Mind Muscles™ training programs that supports the financial and business community.


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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