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AttitudeTrader's TopstepTrader Combine Journey

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TopstepTrader Combine #2

TopstepTrader Combine #2

It was nearly 2 months from the time I was finished with Combine #1 to the start of Combine #2. I took that time to do a ton of studying and market replay work.

For Combine #2 I changed my approach completely and switched from ES to NQ.

Similar to my first Combine, I started my second in a fairly strong way. And interestingly, just like the first Combine, day 6 was the peak of my equity curve. After that I had a tough time and eventually my profits dwindled to a little below my starting equity.

I had begun to doubt my approach and this lead to trading with a lot of fear. So, like I did with my first Combine, I stopped trading to reevaluate.

During that time I studied my approach to try to find a way to improve what I was doing. I really wasn’t able to find a way, but I was running out of time in the Combine. So I started trading again a little over a month later when I had just enough days left to finish.

It had become painfully obvious that I wasn’t going to even come close to passing the Combine, so by the time I started back on Day 15 I had begun plans to simply earn a rollover if I could.

I was fortunate enough to have a few decent days, bring my account back above even, and meet the Winning Day % requirement. Once I had accomplished that, my only remaining objective was to finish the Combine with a profit so I could earn the rollover.

I wanted to finish with +$20 profit (+$1 Average Net P&L), and I did. I also met all the other requirements to earn the rollover. After what I’d been through in this Combine, earning a rollover ended up being a pretty big victory for me.

This Combine once again showed me how far away I was from being able to actually pass one. As hard as it was, I realized that I would need to work toward smaller profit goals first. So I made the decision that for my next Combine I would change my vague goal of just passing, to a more specific, and hopefully achievable, goal of earning a rollover with a $25 Average Net P&L ($500 net profit).

Links to the posts on my blog relevant to Combine #2 can be found in the Quick Summary section of this thread for anyone interested in the daily details.

Here is my final trade report for Combine #2:

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TopstepTrader Combine #3


TopstepTrader Combine #3

I started Combine #3 about 2 weeks after I finished Combine #2.

My first two Combines showed me that I had a lot of work to do to improve my trading approach/skill.

They also showed me that the goal of passing a Combine was too lofty. So for this one my goal was to earn a rollover with a $25 average net profit ($500 total profit for the 20-day Combine).

I stuck with NQ again for this one.

I traded with quite a bit of fear during this Combine, and I wasn't confident in the approach I was still trying to learn.

Although I didn't do terribly, my daily equity curve was a very up-and-down affair.

As I approached the final days, I knew there was no way to reach my initial goal, so I adjusted it. I wanted to make $1 average net profit and simply earn a rollover.

I was fortunate to get a decent day on day 18 to bring my account back above a slight dip below zero. This allowed me to have small losses on the last two days and finish the Combine with a small (+$25 net) profit.

Earning the rollover was a relief, but I had nagging doubts about the approach I was using and I knew I needed to do something to improve my trading and my attitude about it.

Links to the posts on my blog relevant to Combine #3 can be found in the Quick Summary section of this thread for anyone interested in the daily details.

Here is my final trade report for Combine #3:

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