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I quote lancelottrader here because I took his insight seriously and it was much appreciated because I probably wouldn't have recognized it on my own because I get too focused on the task at hand when I should be taking a step back to analyze -- so thank you for raising the issue because I am hardly ever satisfied.

Moving on, in my last post I detailed how I asked to go back down to the combine from the "live prep" so I could move up to the 10 contract combine from the 5 which is the one successfully completed. I, for several reasons, I felt that having more contracts at my disposal would really be a boon to my system/methodology. Well, I'm happy to report that it looks as though I was right about this. Furthermore, I am much more relaxed while trading and a loss doesn't have the negative affects it did in the lower combine or even for lower dollar amounts -- although the money isn't much of a consideration for my, making the most of each individual trade is always that task at hand.

So the good news is that I'm doing well in my new 10 day, 10 contract combine -- in fact out of 9 trading days I have 9 winning days -- but, it doesn't look like I'm going to hit my profit target. I do have one day left to hit the target but if I don't, no biggie, because the whole point of moving down was to really develop my edge and what I believed was best for me and I feel I have done that and it's only going to get better. As a matter of fact I have acted with an abundance of caution in this combine, protecting taking profits too early and not letting them run even when I was sure the bias was in my favor. So, I'll get 'em on the next combine, but, as I am always looking to advance it will be in the 15 contract combine this time. I finally feel that I have found my edge and this is the one that I have been on the quest to find and is the one that I will stick with!

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Congratulations on a job well done! One thing I like about the Combine is that it does force discpline on you - I think you're less inclined to be a hot-shot trader and more inclined to develop a real skill.
Keep up the good work!

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So the good news is that I'm doing well in my new 10 day, 10 contract combine -- in fact out of 9 trading days I have 9 winning days --
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Great job. You're definitely on the right track.

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I for one would certainly be interested in some postings here from people who have passed the Combine and the transition to profitable live trading.

Would be great to know what it's like to have mastered that hurdle and gone on to the next level.

If there already are posts like that which I have missed, please let me know. Combine is something I have been considering for a while now.

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I for one would certainly be interested in some postings here from people who have passed the Combine and the transition to profitable live trading.

Would be great to know what it's like to have mastered that hurdle and gone on to the next level.

If there already are posts like that which I have missed, please let me know. Combine is something I have been considering for a while now.

@Zondor,

do yourself a favor. forget about it.

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@Zondor,

do yourself a favor. forget about it.

Why is that?

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Why is that?

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I for one would certainly be interested in some postings here from people who have passed the Combine and the transition to profitable live trading.

Would be great to know what it's like to have mastered that hurdle and gone on to the next level.

If there already are posts like that which I have missed, please let me know. Combine is something I have been considering for a while now.

this is the closest ive seen, or heard about, so far..

https://futures.io/vendors-product-reviews/11360-anybody-heard-topsteptrader-review-34.html#post291867

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So, I was unable to go 10-for-10 and achieve the perfect combine -- I wasn't expecting it anyway. I had to reach $2500 for the day so I stalked the market all night, passed on 2 opportunities that I normally would have taken and both would have gotten me there, and took a 3rd opportunity during market hours that of course stopped me out. So I ended down about $1700 for the day and left it at that, I still had achieved rollover because I was in the green in all their additional metrics.

So, I get a call later in the day from John, the head scout, who I have had a great rapport with and he said that based on the strength of my combine, along with the fact that I had recently passed the the $50k combine, that if I felt I was ready they wanted to bring me back up to the "live prep" where I just have to reach $1500 in any amount of time and then I go live -- they want me to go live. The hitch was that it would be with the $50k account and not the $100k which I had just done so well in (and I don't really consider this a hitch, they are offering me the chance to go live).

Anyway, I thanked him for the opportunity but said that if I was going to go to the "live prep" it would have to be with the $100k account and if they couldn't offer that then I understood and I would just rollover my current combine but would try and conquer the $150k account. He again stated that they really would like for me to take a shot at going live but the $50k was what was on the table at this time. I let him know that I had never been so comfortable as I was in the $100k combine and for a number of very important reasons related to my trading that I had to stick with the $100k or above. So the 150k is up next for me and there is not doubt in my mind that that it is the right thing to do for long term success.

I don't think they have had anyone avoid going live twice but I'm getting better by the week and when I know I'm ready I'll be better off taking my time in the current stages. I'll let you know how the $150k goes!

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I let him know that I had never been so comfortable as I was in the $100k combine and for a number of very important reasons related to my trading that I had to stick with the $100k or above. So the 150k is up next for me and there is not doubt in my mind that that it is the right thing to do for long term success.

I don't think they have had anyone avoid going live twice but I'm getting better by the week and when I know I'm ready I'll be better off taking my time in the current stages. I'll let you know how the $150k goes!

HollywoodTrader

Awesome stuff HT, keep up the excellent work! My guess is you may be right about TST receiving repeated 'not yet's, but also guessing they are savvy enough to respect your self-evaluation. Plus, keeping a keen focus on long-term development can only benefit both parties. Kudos on the progress!

Looking forward to the next update.

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TopstepTrader's CEO Michael Patak and Senior Scout John Hoagland will be here for an in-depth discussion about their Combine's on February 5th -- more information in the thread below:

https://futures.io/vendors-product-reviews/25440-webinar-topsteptraders-combine-program-depth.html




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