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Trading Education Posted by Team Topstep January 21, 2021

Trading Simulator vs. Live Market

Simulations are a great way to get comfortable trading. However, simulations are not real. Trading in real life means you’re trading with real money. This week on Limit Up!, Jack and Dan will talk you through their advice for making the transition from simulations to real trading. Listen for this week’s market reaction.

Full Show Notes:

Simulations are just that: simulations. Trading in real life is vastly different. Some traders get so comfortable in simulations that they take bigger chances than they should when they get to the real trading floor. On this week’s edition of Limit Up!, Jack and Dan walk you through tips and tricks to make the jump from simulation to real trades.

Jack and Dan share tips such as start smaller than you think small is and why you should trade what you have and not what you want. Check out the episode for their advice and our latest market reaction.

  • (01:12) – Market reaction
  • (04:04) – Simulated vs. real trading
  • (09:39) – Treat it like it’s real
  • (13:32) – Start small
  • (21:05) – Walking the 2×4
  • (23:08) – Race to the queue
  • (29:12) – Scaling plan



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! 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.