April 20th, 2016 | Step 1
Lesson 5 Chapter 1
Combine Objective Achieved
These are the words that all TopstepTrader (TST) hopefuls want to hear. Today we completed yet another TST combine in the minimum allowed time of ten (10) trading days. Today’s tick count, which I will detail later in the post, was 65 ticks.
This marks our fourth combine that we have completed, in front of a live trading audience, since we became the lead oil educator for TopstepTrader. The main driving force behind establishing our partnership with TopstepTrader was to assist OTG room members in realizing their goals of becoming fully funded traders. Our last trading combine ($150k) was completed on January 29th, 2016.
$50,000 Combine vs. $150,000 Combine
The main difference between the two combines (other than the obvious) is that the drawdown threshold is much more aggressive on the $50k vs. $150k. Specifically, your max drawdown on any given day on the $150,000 combine is $3,000 vs. $1,000 on the $50,000 combine. The bottom line reality here is that you cannot be as aggressive on the smaller combine account.
I specifically chose this trading combine because of the tighter risk parameters. A considerable number of the traders with whom I come into contact, would be considered by most measurements, under-funded traders. The problem with being under-funded (and there are many) is that a person comes into this (or any) trading room with unrealistic expectations about making $1,000,000 in 10 days and then is surprised when they blow out an account. The reason for blowing out their is that they are over-leveraged and are not focused on proper risk management. But, as they say ” this is a topic for another post”. Suffice it to say, we chose the smaller account size with the tighter drawdown so that we could show you how our tools can be used day in and day out to take a conservative, $300 per day average out of the market.
Funded Trader Prep (now called Step 2)
The next step in becoming a fully funded trader with TopstepTrader is a process called Funded Trader Prep. I will be going through that process in front of the live trading audience starting Thursday. I will go into more detail about Funded Trader Prep and the rules, in a post later this week.
Combine Objective Achieved – The Numbers
- Combine objective achieved ($3,000) without hitting the max drawdown of $1,000
- 90% winning days.
- Winning trades outpaced losing trades 67% to 32%.
- Profit factor was 2.4 greater wins than loss.
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