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This is the Limit Up! Podcast - the place where we explore trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty much whatever else the wonderful world of markets has to offer. The Limit Up! Podcast is brought to you by Topstep and hosted by Jack Pelzer and Dan Hodgman. They’ll teach you how to trade, but more importantly, how to develop the habits that make traders good. Risk Disclosure: Listen Notes

This is the Limit Up! Podcast - the place where we explore trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty much whatever else the wonderful world of markets has to offer. The Limit Up! Podcast is brought to you by Topstep and hosted by Jack Pelzer and Dan Hodgman. They’ll teach you how to trade, but more importantly, how to develop the habits that make traders good. Risk Disclosure: Listen Notes


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This is the Limit Up! Podcast - the place where we explore trading, trading psychology, trading life, and pretty much whatever else the wonderful world of markets has to offer. The Limit Up! Podcast is brought to you by Topstep and hosted by Jack Pelzer and Dan Hodgman. They’ll teach you how to trade, but more importantly, how to develop the habits that make traders good. Risk Disclosure: Listen Notes




Trading Simulator vs. Live Market

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...


How to Open and Manage a Brokerage Account

This week’s installment of our new Trader Development Series is all about how to open a brokerage account. Jack and Dan are joined by longtime trader, and Founder/Chief Visionary Officer of Topstep, Michael Patak, for a discussion on futures brokerages. Listen to their conversation to learn about the importance of risk management, trading small, and watching your margins. Whether you’re a longtime trader or a brokerage newbie, the Topstep team has a wealth of wisdom to impart to help you get...


Trading Fundamentals for Beginners

Limit Up! is kicking off 2021 by getting back to the basics. This week, Jack and Dan are sharing their essential trading tips for newbies and veterans alike. Listen in for their advice as well as resources and book recommendations. They explain why it’s so important, especially for new traders, to keep things simple and not bite off more than you can chew. Check out the episode and hit the ground running in 2021. For even more coaching, check out the...


Jack & Dan’s Favorite Trader Interviews of 2020

This week on Limit Up! We are saying so long to 2020 with a special compilation of some of our favorite guests from this year. In this episode, we have highlighted some of the best tips about improving your trading game. Listen for advice from traders such as (Chris Tate), (Austin Silver),...


Advice from Experts: Use Trading Systems

What makes Santa such a great gift-giver? He has his system for delivering presents on lock. To be an effective trader, you have to put in the work to create a system that works for you and stick to it. This week on Limit Up! we are revisiting some of the best advice on trading systems we’ve gleaned from our guests in 2020. Take a listen for trading best practices from such guests as (Chris Tate),...


30 Years of Trading Insight with Greg Baird

As we round into the holiday season at the Topstep office, Jack and Dan are ending the year strong with their last interview of the year. Greg Baird comes onto the show to break down all things stocks, futures and options as well as what it’s like to answer the lure of the pit when you’re just getting started. Greg talks about the importance of always making adjustments when you’re trading, getting into the rhythm but also creating distractions so you can enjoy the process. It’s not all...


Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Investing with Viktor Nebehaj

Viktor Nebehaj didn’t originally want to get into investing. Preferring technology over finance, his career started with HTML and SEO rather than stocks and ETF. After an early stint at Google in the early 00’s left him with some of their stock, he started to get more interested in the financial world of investing and trading. Faced with challenges trading within the U.K., he thought there has to be a better way to access the markets. Fast forward to present day and Viktor is the co-founder...


Building Generational Wealth with Latoya Smith

Latoya Smith worked in finance for a time before pursuing her passion for trading. She is now the co-founder of The Profit Room, a stock market and trading educational company. On this week’s edition of the Limit Up! Podcast, Jack and Dan talked to Latoya about her road to becoming a day trader. One interesting thing about Latoya is that she learned about the stock market by forming an investment club with friends. She talked about this formative experience, how investment property helped...


Learning to Trade Forex

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners! As a special holiday treat, this week on Limit Up! we have compiled some of our best advice from forex traders. Whether you have been wanting to trade forex or you have no idea what that is, we’ve got you covered by expert guests including (Akil Stokes), (Etienne...


Topstep Trader Profiles with Jack Pelzer

Jack Pelzer is one of the fearless hosts of Limit Up! Podcast. If you’ve wondered about his experience as a trader or how he came to be the voice of Topstep, this week’s episode will answer your burning questions. After getting his start at a big prop firm amidst the turmoil of the Great Recession, Jack earned a Master's degree, wrote for the satirical website The Onion, and then made his way to the Topstep family. Listen to the episode for reflections on what it’s like trading at a big prop...


Topstep Trader Profiles with Dan Hodgman

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...


Building a Trading Plan with Austin Silver

To be a successful trader requires strategy and creating systems that help you succeed. When you get stuck in the emotion of trading, it becomes little more than gambling. Austin Silver is a Forex trader and Head of Trading and Education at ASFX. He believes that the key trait of successful traders is to create your own trading plan. Austin joined Jack and Dan and talked about why it’s important for traders to focus on one area instead of juggling multiple things. He also talked about his...


How to Be a Traveling Trader with Etienne Crete

Etienne Crete is the founder of Desire To Trade, a trading education website. Before he became a founder and full-time trader, he worked a job he hated and searched for a way to generate income while devoting time to his love of traveling. His success came about thanks to his adherence to routines and systems designed to help him improve his skills. Etienne is our guest this week on Limit Up! and talks to Jack and Dan about one of his most important tools: old fashioned journaling. Listen to...


Finding Happiness in Trading with Jacob Rudge

The media often portrays trading as a get rich quick scheme. The reality however, is that trading is a job like any other and it is a job that contains a high degree of stress. Many trading education programs focus on how to trade, but not many offer tools on how to find personal happiness while trading. Jacob Rudge of TradeHappy wants to change that. On today’s episode of Limit Up! Podcast, we’re diving into why mindset matters, what tips you can use to cultivate more happiness into your...


Find Your Trading Niche with Jerry Robinson

Modern economists have grown so reliant on bailouts whenever there is market instability that the tax burden inevitably gets passed on to regular people. Most US families only have income streams from their jobs, the most heavily taxed revenue stream. Jerry Robinson is a trader and author who wants to change all that. On today’s episode of Limit Up, Jerry discusses two key fundamental concepts for every trader: know your trading niche and diversify. Traders who are educated in a specific...


Money Management and Trading with Chris Tate

Recency bias means that you pay the most attention to the last thing you heard or said over historic knowledge. For many traders that means that because the markets have been going up that they will always go up. Chris Tate is a trading veteran and the Director at Trading Game. He joined Jack and Dan to discuss this phenomenon. Chris has been a trader for over 30 years and has seen it all. He makes the case for training yourself to be comfortable with discomfort, honing your money management...


Perception vs. Reality in Trading with Akil Stokes

Hollywood has given many would-be traders a warped perception of what it actually means to be a trader. The truth is, trading isn’t a get rich quick scheme so much as a skill that needs to be developed. Akil Stokes is a trading coach and co-founder of Tier One Trading. He joins Dan this week to debunk some of the myths around trading. Akil also takes time to break down Forex trading and discusses why trading psychology is the most important piece when it comes to making successful trades....


Keeping Your Cool When Trading the Election with Jack Pelzer, Dan Hodgman, and John Doherty

Elections have the power to turn markets into chaos. Just look back at 2016 and Brexit to see the uncertainty and volatility. We can’t tell you who will win the 2020 election, but we can tell you how to plan your trades for the weeks leading up to November 3. This week on Limit Up! we’re hosting a panel discussion about the strategy of trading around election time. If you’re unsure how election modeling works or want to know what usually happens in the futures market around elections, tune...


Dealing with Burnout as a Trader with Adam Boostrom

When you’re a trader, wins are fleeting, and hypervigilance is key to not losing money. This can create a high degree of stress and uncertainty. Adam Boostrom is a former trader turned author, investor, and startup founder. He sat down with Jack and Dan to discuss his life beyond the trading floor. These days, Adam is following the Warren Buffet approach and focusing his time and energy on the things he’s most interested in. Listen for our latest market reaction and a discussion on knowing...


What are Structured Notes? with Biju Kulathakal

Interested in getting involved in structured note trading? Our guest this week on Limit Up! is Biju Kulathakal, founder of Halo Investing and a huge proponent of this type of trade. He offers up a convenient guide to structured note trading and how risk is assessed. Biju did not get into trading via the traditional route. After starting his career as an aerospace engineer, he found quantitative analysis and trading models similar to the problems he faced as an engineer. Listen to the episode...