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TopstepTrader's Michael Patak (Founder) - Ask Me Anything (AMA)

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Offering a K1 is a matter of company ownership structure. It is the form that is used to report partnership and similar earnings of people who have an ownership interest in a firm. (Thanks to Google, because I had no idea what it was at first. ) So it's used by firms that are set up as an LLC or LLP or S corp. In the case of trading firms, their traders would be part owners of the firm.

I will have to just let the TopStep people respond on the question of their plans, but the thing that occurred to me is that if someone is already a professional trader, they won't be looking for any of these programs anyway, will they? These things are for people who are starting out, basically. If anyone is already doing high volume a month, is profitable with that volume and is able to negotiate low commissions based on their volume, they generally aren't going to be looking for funding with any of these firms, and won't need it.

I agree that an LLC or similar structure would be nice because of the tax situation and is something to think about. Part of the weighing of pros and cons, and an individual matter. I have no idea if there are any cons or not, and would leave that to professional advice.

Bob.


I agree that someone well capitalized should open their own account. Unfortunately I'm right in the middle of these 2 sides. It is just a big math problem. It is the bottom line the following year after taxes that matters. If going with a firm like this provides enough size that will effectively and efficiently provide more income than that of a trader could do in their own account, then go with the firm. As soon as the story flips, it is no longer needed. There are many other reasons too that have kept me on the fence. One thing for sure that is annoying is how uneducated these firms' customer service/reps are. You ask questions for clarity/confirmation, but you get 10 different answers. Also at times it is obvious that they are just saying something, maybe thinking that you do not know any better and/or not willing to get the correct information. It seems that their main narrative is quit antonymous too. Oh well, they say sometimes you just got to bit the bullet right?




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Thank you for all of your questions and feedback over these past few months. We admittedly haven't dedicated enough time to this thread, but that's all going to change! Please continue to engage here, and we will make sure you're getting the answers you're looking for.

We'll get a post up soon addressing questions that have gone unanswered, so keep an eye out! We are eager to jump back into the conversation. Thanks for your patience.

For your urgent or time-sensitive questions, email us at support@topsteptrader.com and we’ll be sure you’re taken care of.

Thank you,

Michael & Team Topstep


-Why do you guys not offer CTS T4 "Advanced", but just the "Core"?

-Why do you not offer Eurex during the combine? Have the attendee pay for the data. Others are doing that.

-Why do you not offer additional Eurex products that A) have low margins B) have a great risk profile C) could offer win/win for both the trader and firm as they are less per side fees = more profits kept in the account.

-why do you not offer notional/margin based risk accounts? If someone scales up to and is able to do 15 lots... they can trade 15 NQ? That is huge risk compared to 30lots schatz... build a risk profile for a trader to trade according to their style and risk management after completing the combine or another combine option.

-why do you not offer spreads or only allow the front month? CL has great liquidity within the first 3 calendar months. Span margins for spreads typically are lower, and can offer better risk control for various spreads? More round turns churns for you guys too...

-Will you be offering Z3N?

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I agree that someone well capitalized should open their own account. Unfortunately I'm right in the middle of these 2 sides. It is just a big math problem. It is the bottom line the following year after taxes that matters. If going with a firm like this provides enough size that will effectively and efficiently provide more income than that of a trader could do in their own account, then go with the firm. As soon as the story flips, it is no longer needed. There are many other reasons too that have kept me on the fence. One thing for sure that is annoying is how uneducated these firms' customer service/reps are. You ask questions for clarity/confirmation, but you get 10 different answers. Also at times it is obvious that they are just saying something, maybe thinking that you do not know any better and/or not willing to get the correct information. It seems that their main narrative is quit antonymous too. Oh well, they say sometimes you just got to bit the bullet right?






-Why do you guys not offer CTS T4 "Advanced", but just the "Core"?

-Why do you not offer Eurex during the combine? Have the attendee pay for the data. Others are doing that.

-Why do you not offer additional Eurex products that A) have low margins B) have a great risk profile C) could offer win/win for both the trader and firm as they are less per side fees = more profits kept in the account.

-why do you not offer notional/margin based risk accounts? If someone scales up to and is able to do 15 lots... they can trade 15 NQ? That is huge risk compared to 30lots schatz... build a risk profile for a trader to trade according to their style and risk management after completing the combine or another combine option.

-why do you not offer spreads or only allow the front month? CL has great liquidity within the first 3 calendar months. Span margins for spreads typically are lower, and can offer better risk control for various spreads? More round turns churns for you guys too...

-Will you be offering Z3N?

Hi TickTick,

Thank you for your questions. They provide valuable feedback as to what you'd like to see as part of our offering, and I've shared them with our team. The common denominator for many is cost. We strive to keep costs down for our traders.

Regarding Z3N - We will evaluate its volume and liquidity when it launches July 13, and will decide whether to offer it.

If you would like to have a conversation about your specific questions, please reach out to support@topsteptrader.com.

Thank you!

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Why do you not offer different combines for the swing into micro's program?

I understand you can trade your FX program but that's not really a comparable solution.

Why not offer 3 different swing programs for micros the same way you do the intraday program?

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Why do you not offer different combines for the swing into micro's program?

I understand you can trade your FX program but that's not really a comparable solution.

Why not offer 3 different swing programs for micros the same way you do the intraday program?

Hi Fibbee,

As of now, we only offer the $10k Trading Combine for swing trading Micros.

While we don't have imminent plans to add more options, I've passed your feedback along to our team.

Thank you!

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