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Trading Education Posted by Team Topstep November 12, 2020

Topstep Trader Profiles with Dan Hodgman

Episode Summary:

Every superhero has an origin story and Topstep’s own Dan Hodgman is no different. This week on Limit Up! Jack interviewed Dan to find out how he became a trader and how those experiences shaped the kinds of trades he makes. Tune in for their market recap.

Full Show Notes:

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 his time clerking for his father, his time in the Marine Corps, and a bit about his trading strategy these days. Listen in as we learn Dan’s trading origin story.

  • (00:15) – Interview with Dan Hodgman
  • (03:05) – Family of traders
  • (05:14) – Early transitions
  • (09:58) – Joining the Marine Corps
  • (13:01) – The draft
  • (26:44) – Trading after service
  • (22:55) – Controlling the downside
  • (28:42) – Committing to the lifestyle
  • (31:58) – Joining Topstep
  • (35:49) – Illiquidity


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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Podcast episode production by Dante32.