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Why the fact that there is a Live Prep (basicly a 2nd Combine) for pretty much everyone isn't disclosed on the website? Not to mention, knowing its rules before hand would help a candidate to decide if he can actually make it or not, so he wouldn't waste time/money on the whole process.

Also, what's the point in making restrictions what are not there for the Live trading? For example if you allow someone to have a larger losing day than a winning day with real money, I see no point setting such a standard in the live prep.

And anyway, why is it a problem if a losing day slightly bigger than a winning day? As long as it is not 50-100% bigger, I see no problem with it, and certain systems work just fine with that kind of stats....

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Why the fact that there is a Live Prep (basicly a 2nd Combine) for pretty much everyone isn't disclosed on the website? Not to mention, knowing its rules before hand would help a candidate to decide if he can actually make it or not, so he wouldn't waste time/money on the whole process.

Also, what's the point in making restrictions what are not there for the Live trading? For example if you allow someone to have a larger losing day than a winning day with real money, I see no point setting such a standard in the live prep.

And anyway, why is it a problem if a losing day slightly bigger than a winning day? As long as it is not 50-100% bigger, I see no problem with it, and certain systems work just fine with that kind of stats....

Pedro- Live Trader preparation is preparation for live trading. It is the same rules and requirements that a live trader must follow. Thus prepping you for live trading with our equity partners. The scout team selects traders to enter this on a case by case basis. In most cases we will cut the profit target in half or have no profit target whatsoever for the recruit (like live trading). We do clearly state this on the second sentence of the scouting critieria form (TopstepTrader - Where Talent Meets Opportunity) as well as the information box on the Combine page and emails once in the program.

The largest winning day greater than your largest losing day is a great rule to have a part of your trading plan or any traders plan. It instills growth and working toward winners that are bigger than losers (daily or per trade) which with time rolls into consistently having winners great than your losers. This is something that is enforced at the LTP and funded level.

Lastly, a recruit that is asked to trade a bit more (Live trading preparation) is not wasting money as it doesn't cost them any money as they have their deposit returned (any trader who scratches an account or better and meets the performance metrics receives an offer for a rollover or a refund, (as of today we have changed badges to Blue C's for anyone who has accomplished doing this at least 1 or more times)). To your next point about wasting time, the Combine is an interview tool for our equity partners but also a developmental tool for traders.

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We do clearly state this on the second sentence of the scouting critieria form

OK, I was wrong on that one. Nice to know. But are the criterias for the Live prep listed somewhere or are they different for each trader? If they are different, a candidate simple can not know in advance what he has to work on, or if it is worthy for him to try at all.


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The largest winning day greater than your largest losing day is a great rule to have a part of your trading plan or any traders plan.

I agree up to a point. As long as the difference is small (let's say less than 20%), this is rather irrelevant, assuming the trader doesn't have too many losing days. Now sure, if the losing days are 100% bigger than the winning days, we have a problem.


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Lastly, a recruit that is asked to trade a bit more (Live trading preparation) is not wasting money

I understand that, but I was thinking here more of the time invested. Let's say a consistently profitable trader passes the 20 days Combine in 2 months, just to find out that his largest losing days that are 5% bigger than his winning days prevent him from getting funded. That is a lots of effort wasted for a person who doesn't need practice since he is consistently profitable...

By the way what is the timeframe in Live trading (real money) for the comparison between largest loser vs. winning day? Is it weekly?

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Unrelated to the previous discussion, but have you guys tried to make just 3 basic rules, like: Make this much during this time frame while not losing more than this? I wonder how traders passing that minimalist Combine would compare in live trading to the current ones???

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OK, I was wrong on that one. Nice to know. But are the criterias for the Live prep listed somewhere or are they different for each trader? If they are different, a candidate simple can not know in advance what he has to work on, or if it is worthy for him to try at all.



I agree up to a point. As long as the difference is small (let's say less than 20%), this is rather irrelevant, assuming the trader doesn't have too many losing days. Now sure, if the losing days are 100% bigger than the winning days, we have a problem.



I understand that, but I was thinking here more of the time invested. Let's say a consistently profitable trader passes the 20 days Combine in 2 months, just to find out that his largest losing days that are 5% bigger than his winning days prevent him from getting funded. That is a lots of effort for a person who doesn't need practice since he is consistently profitable...

By the way what is the timeframe in Live trading (real money) for the comparison between largest loser vs. winning day? Is it weekly?


Pedro- The live trader preparation criteria are the same criteria as the Live trader (except that live traders do not have a profit target at all). We could probably be a bit more clear on the site with the criteria but this has never been an issue. (I will look into it with our group).

For your question on Live Trader I have copied what is on the TST Trading plan and what LTP must adhere to:

Adhere to the following requirements: (to be discussed on scout call)
  • I will not hit my loss limit (per day or per calendar week).
  • I will not hit my max drawdown.
  • I will not add to a losing trade.
  • I will adhere to the agreed upon trading hours.
  • I will close my position(s) by 3:10 PM CST.
  • I will not hold a position into the electronic close.
  • At the start of my day I will trade only _____ lot(s) and will only add to my position or increase my size if my total Net P&L is greater than $1,000.
  • I will stop trading for the day if my total Net P&L is greater than $1,000 and my total Net P&L has pulled back _______% off my high watermark (realized total Net P&L high of the day). Pullback should not be greater than 50%.
  • If my total Net P&L is negative for the day, I will stop trading if I experience ___ losing trades in a row.
  • My largest winning day will be greater than my largest losing day (realized end of day Net P&L). (Reviewed every 10 trading days)
  • I will not have losses greater than 50% of my max drawdown with a winning day percentage less than 40. (realized end of day Net P&L)

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Hi Michael,

It was mentioned in another thread that when you reach both the live trader prep and junior trader stages, you are forced to trade between 7am - 3:10pm CST. Yet in the combine and senior trader stages you can trade anytime.

On your website you state that you can trade anytime during electronic trading hours unless otherwise stated on the below 2 links:
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For currencies, there are no time of day restrictions (other than being flat at 3:10pm)

In my case, I plan on trading the 6B (British Pound) in the combine as soon as NinjaTrader is available. I trade the UK-London session, plus the first 2 hours of the US session. I generally only get 1 or 2 trades per day, and 90% of the time those trades occur during the London session. My setups just do not appear as often after the UK session (maybe 1 or 2 a week).

So am I understanding correctly that if I were to pass the combine (trading the UK session), I would then not be allowed to trade the UK session during live trader prep and junior trader stages. I would be forced to trade the US session, thus requiring me to change my trading style to force trades which dont usually happen after the UK session. Then after passing the junior trader stage (unlikely, due to when my setups occur), then at the senior trader stage I can go back to trading the UK session?

Please could you let me know if I understand the above correctly and where this is mentioned on your website. I haven't seen it anywhere, or heard it mentioned on any of the TST webinars on BigMikes or in your webinars on youtube.

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Hi Michael,

It was mentioned in another thread that when you reach both the live trader prep and junior trader stages, you are forced to trade between 7am - 3:10pm CST. Yet in the combine and senior trader stages you can trade anytime.

On your website you state that you can trade anytime during electronic trading hours unless otherwise stated on the below 2 links:
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For currencies, there are no time of day restrictions (other than being flat at 3:10pm)

In my case, I plan on trading the 6B (British Pound) in the combine as soon as NinjaTrader is available. I trade the UK-London session, plus the first 2 hours of the US session. I generally only get 1 or 2 trades per day, and 90% of the time those trades occur during the London session. My setups just do not appear as often after the UK session (maybe 1 or 2 a week).

So am I understanding correctly that if I were to pass the combine (trading the UK session), I would then not be allowed to trade the UK session during live trader prep and junior trader stages. I would be forced to trade the US session, thus requiring me to change my trading style to force trades which dont usually happen after the UK session. Then after passing the junior trader stage (unlikely, due to when my setups occur), then at the senior trader stage I can go back to trading the UK session?

Please could you let me know if I understand the above correctly and where this is mentioned on your website. I haven't seen it anywhere, or heard it mentioned on any of the TST webinars on BigMikes or in your webinars on youtube.

Many thanks.

Darkpooltrading- We have traders that trade outside of the 7am - 3:10pm time. When a recruit is at either the LTP level or Junior trader level. They will speak with the Director of Scouting John Hoagland. On this call John will discuss all the details and requirements that must be followed. The trader will then have the opportunity to adjust or add or omit certain requirements and in this case the time.

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Darkpooltrading- We have traders that trade outside of the 7am - 3:10pm time. When a recruit is at either the LTP level or Junior trader level. They will speak with the Director of Scouting John Hoagland. On this call John will discuss all the details and requirements that must be followed. The trader will then have the opportunity to adjust or add or omit certain requirements and in this case the time.

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Thanks for the reply Michael.

The way it was mentioned in another thread is that when at the LTP and junior trader stages you HAVE TO trade within 7am-3:10pm. No exceptions. Im glad to hear that is not the case and is up for discussion. That certainly would add unnecessary pressure on traders not living in the US (and trading 24 hour markets like currencies), who have proved themselves by passing the combine.

Thanks. Looking forward to jumping in when Ninja is available.

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Can you clarify the profit split a bit more please ? I couldnt find an answer to what happens to the cushion that you build ? Does it stay as a cushion of 30k forever ? What happens when the trader quits your firm for whatever reasons --is he paid 60%, 70% or 80% of the 30k cushion that he built ?

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Can you clarify the profit split a bit more please ? I couldnt find an answer to what happens to the cushion that you build ? Does it stay as a cushion of 30k forever ? What happens when the trader quits your firm for whatever reasons --is he paid 60%, 70% or 80% of the 30k cushion that he built ?

garyboy- Once you establish a cushion in your account as stated on the funded trader page (either $5,000 or $10,000), you may then request a withdraw. When a withdraw request is made the profit split will then be taken out.

If a trader decided to close their trading account they will receive their portion of their profit split bringing the account down to zero.

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garyboy- Once you establish a cushion in your account as stated on the funded trader page (either $5,000 or $10,000), you may then request a withdraw. When a withdraw request is made the profit split will then be taken out.

If a trader decided to close their trading account they will receive their portion of their profit split bringing the account down to zero.

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So the cushion is 5k/10k and the 15k/30k is what you accumulate in total profits(yet is distributed to you every month-does that count towards it) for the 80-20% split ? Am I understanding this right ?

Also can you go into numbers as %(you maynot want to give actual #'s) of people who get funded on passing the combine and who go onto become senior traders ? Thanks

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Are there any plans to support SierraChart with TopStepTrader ?

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Hi,
Are there any plans to support SierraChart with TopStepTrader ?

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Sierrachart IS already supported, it is compatible with the t4 login credentials given to you for the combine.

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So the cushion is 5k/10k and the 15k/30k is what you accumulate in total profits(yet is distributed to you every month-does that count towards it) for the 80-20% split ? Am I understanding this right ?

Also can you go into numbers as %(you maynot want to give actual #'s) of people who get funded on passing the combine and who go onto become senior traders ? Thanks

garyboy- The details for the account cushion can be found on this page: Live Trading Room | Trading Program | Topstep Funded Trader

When you accumulate profits of $15k or $30k you will be bumped up from 60/40 to 70/30 to 80/20 profit split (the traders way).

Lastly, TST does not release numbers for funded trader's performance. This is confidential between their equity partner and the funded trader. If you would like to talk to any of our past, current, or upcoming funded traders they are in our chat room daily. The only numbers we do give out are how many funded traders are active with them. This is currently at 28.

One last point, TST offers an opportunity to trade on a funded account for those that show they are disciplined and meet an objective. What the trader does once funded is completely on them. I will say that those that continue doing what got them to the funed account (staying disciplined and following risk parameters) are doing very well.

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Is there any plans to support multicharts?

treydog- Sierracharts is available already. Our next platform to be added will be Ninjatrader. Once that is good to go, we will look to add additional platforms.

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Our next platform to be added will be Ninjatrader. Once that is good to go, we will look to add additional platforms.
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Is there any estimated date that NinjaTrader will be available for the combine?


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treydog- Sierracharts is available already. Our next platform to be added will be Ninjatrader. Once that is good to go, we will look to add additional platforms.

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Hi, missed the memo on Sierracharts been available for the Combine. I was trying to find this information on your website but no luck. When you mean using Sierrcharts, do you mean using Sierracharts DOM or Trading from the charts? Please direct me to the location where I can find Sierracharts as an option for the Combine on your website.

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Hi Michael,
If a trader gets funded with a $50k account and he/she makes good progress over a period of time, i.e. grows the account, will you consider adding to the funded account? For example bumping it up to a $150k account? Or must the trader complete a new $150k combine to get access to more funding?

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Hi, missed the memo on Sierracharts been available for the Combine. I was trying to find this information on your website but no luck. When you mean using Sierrcharts, do you mean using Sierracharts DOM or Trading from the charts? Please direct me to the location where I can find Sierracharts as an option for the Combine on your website.

Thank you

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I use Sierra Charts on TST. You can trade from the chart or the DOM. Choice is yours. The only thing you need to do is to let TST know you're going to use Seirra Charts by emailing them or visiting the support room in the chat after you sign up.

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I use Sierra Charts on TST. You can trade from the chart or the DOM. Choice is yours. The only thing you need to do is to let TST know you're going to use Seirra Charts by emailing them or visiting the support room in the chat after you sign up.

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And you don't even need to let them know; I used SC with TST from day 1 and never had to inform them of this.

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Is there any estimated date that NinjaTrader will be available for the combine?


Vincent Vega- The update I have received from our Ninja committee as of last week was a conservative date of mid July. TST will make an announcement once this platform is available.

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Hi Michael,
If a trader gets funded with a $50k account and he/she makes good progress over a period of time, i.e. grows the account, will you consider adding to the funded account? For example bumping it up to a $150k account? Or must the trader complete a new $150k combine to get access to more funding?

PK007- When a trader starts building their account all things become negotiable. You will NOT have to complete a larger Combine to trade bigger. Look at yourself as a professional athlete. When you start putting up the numbers and performing, the organization will do what it can to help that athlete to continue to perform at the top of their game. We do the same with traders.

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Hi, missed the memo on Sierracharts been available for the Combine. I was trying to find this information on your website but no luck. When you mean using Sierrcharts, do you mean using Sierracharts DOM or Trading from the charts? Please direct me to the location where I can find Sierracharts as an option for the Combine on your website.

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Vercetti- Sierra is available and you can trade from both as long as you are connected to the CTS backend. Our tech team will be adding Sierra information on our site very shortly.

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How does TST come up with the daily loss limit and max draw down? If a trader built his/her account up to 250k what would the limits be then?

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Hello Michael,

I understand that there are a number of issues with regards to trading EUREX products in the combine and within any LTP. TST provides support etc and you have people available during market hours.

However, working US market hours is certainly not for everyone. It plays havoc with family life and sleep patterns if you are living in Europe or Asia.

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How does TST come up with the daily loss limit and max draw down? If a trader built his/her account up to 250k what would the limits be then?

Interpolation. So the numbers would be either 2.5 times of the 100K Combine's or 5 times the 50K Combine's numbers...

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Hi MP

TST requires traders to use stops and prefers Auto OCO orders. How come T4 wont let you add to a position when your max position allowed is 5 and you have 2 short already and want to add 2 more ? Here is a screen shot. How ever you can cancel the Auto OCO orders and enter the trade as desired. So in a way you are promoting using Auto OCO but Auto OCO orders dont work to the traders benefit. I have used OEC extensively and it calculates the net position based on type of order. If its an OCO order one side is going to get filled whether its target or stop. So, essentially you can only trade 2 lot if you are using Auto OCO. This is also a warning to future TST combine takers.
You can put on 3,4,5 lot when you take the trade but if you want to add for whatever reason you have to cancel your stops to get your additional trade in.





However at the urging of another member I tried same thing with the practise account where it works as desired



Took 2 lots then added 11 for a total of 13 with Auto OCO orders so a total of 26 Auto OCO sitting on DOM and still allows you to add the remaining 2 of max 15 for deomo account.

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Michael,

Thanks for participating in this informative thread.

Two questions, the first is both to you and everyone:

- I'm not well-versed in prop trading compensation, but paying traders a 60-80% share of profits seems unrealistic. Given that hedge funds are criticized for taking a 2% mgmt fee and 20% share of profits, the share paid by TST seems like an unsustainable arrangement for the investor and too good to be true for the trader. Am I missing something here?

- If someone can trade for only the first 90 minutes or two hours of the regular trading session (due to having a day job), but meets the combine requirements, would that person be accepted as a funded trader?

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- I'm not well-versed in prop trading compensation, but paying traders a 60-80% share of profits seems unrealistic. Given that hedge funds are criticized for taking a 2% mgmt fee and 20% share of profits, the share paid by TST seems like an unsustainable arrangement for the investor and too good to be true for the trader. Am I missing something here?

Im sure Michael will respond shortly. But in the mean time just keep in mind that a prop firm and a hedge fund are two vastly different businesses. TST does not have investors. They have traders who trade TST's capital once they have passed the combine. Their revenue model does not rely on (nor involve) investors. There is also no concept of a management fee in the case of a prop firm like TST.

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.... a prop firm and a hedge fund are two vastly different businesses. TST does not have investors.

Your first sentence is true, but TST does have a backer, who basicly is an investor. So beside the TST/trader split there also has to be some kind of profit share between the backer and TST, making their already 20-40% share even smaller... Of course they might have a completely different business set up...

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Im sure Michael will respond shortly. But in the mean time just keep in mind that a prop firm and a hedge fund are two vastly different businesses. TST does not have investors. They have traders who trade TST's capital once they have passed the combine. Their revenue model does not rely on (nor involve) investors. There is also no concept of a management fee in the case of a prop firm like TST.

I think while it's not the best idea to be drilling their business model here rather than trading, it is fair not point out, that hedge fund or other mutual investment vehicles keep investors funds constantly at risk until they are withdrawn. What happens at TST is that they risk a relatively small amount of max draw down, and their risk is zero once the cushion is built- by then trader is risking the money he made. No traders that take money under the management for active trading in futures or forex will trade for 20%. The standard figure is about 50%. And you cannot withdraw at your discretion.

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Is there any news about NinjaTrader compatibility with the combine?
The last estimation was mid july.

Ninja users might consider giving up on this. First mention of this was in January I think. In post 5 of this thread, end of March is given as a date, and even that was far behind schedule. At this point it's been delayed about 6 months.

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Ninja users might consider giving up on this. First mention of this was in January I think. In post 5 of this thread, end of March is given as a date, and even that was far behind schedule. At this point it's been delayed about 6 months.

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Well, let's see...

I just received an email regarding the use of Ninja Trader:


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Well, let's see...

I just received an email regarding the use of Ninja Trader:

Daytrader beat me to the punch. (nice work )

Yes we have started the soft launch of Ninja with the Combine. The committee we have in place to manage this is requesting a slow soft launch as you can tell by the email. This will be opened up further and further in the coming weeks to those interested. This is invite only at this point. If you receive an invite (similar to Daytrader's) you will have the opportunity to sign up to the Combine using NinjaTrader.

Just a heads up, TST has a special committee handling NT traders but we'll relay anything that we get updated on or if you have questions I can always help to answer those here.

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Ninja users might consider giving up on this. First mention of this was in January I think. In post 5 of this thread, end of March is given as a date, and even that was far behind schedule. At this point it's been delayed about 6 months.

I have some inside info and I say that TST made the right choice here even though it has resulted in some painful delays.

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Great news on NT! Question though; Is this part going to be a permanent or only for the roll out?



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Just a heads up, TST has a special committee handling NT traders but we'll relay anything that we get updated on or if you have questions I can always help to answer those here.

Thanks to everyone for patiently waiting .... more to come.

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I am also glad to see Ninja is getting close. I have an additional question regarding Ninja licensing too. I'm curious if I have Ninja installed, will I change my current license for the combine or install a second instance of Ninja? I know I can not run two instances of the same Ninja, but I have not tried to install to two different directories and run two separate copies.

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Yes we have started the soft launch of Ninja with the Combine. The committee we have in place to manage this is requesting a slow soft launch as you can tell by the email. This will be opened up further and further in the coming weeks to those interested. This is invite only at this point. If you receive an invite (similar to Daytrader's) you will have the opportunity to sign up to the Combine using NinjaTrader.

Just a heads up, TST has a special committee handling NT traders but we'll relay anything that we get updated on or if you have questions I can always help to answer those here.

Thanks to everyone for patiently waiting .... more to come.

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Thanks for the update

The duration of this roll out will no doubt be dependent on whether or not any bugs are found. But if the soft launch goes well without a need to send this back to development/testing,...when do you expect the platform to be available to the general public?

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Michael,

Thanks for participating in this informative thread.

Two questions, the first is both to you and everyone:

- I'm not well-versed in prop trading compensation, but paying traders a 60-80% share of profits seems unrealistic. Given that hedge funds are criticized for taking a 2% mgmt fee and 20% share of profits, the share paid by TST seems like an unsustainable arrangement for the investor and too good to be true for the trader. Am I missing something here?

- If someone can trade for only the first 90 minutes or two hours of the regular trading session (due to having a day job), but meets the combine requirements, would that person be accepted as a funded trader?

Thanks again -

TideRip

TideRip- To answer your first question you are not investing money you are a trader trading proprietary capital. The typical profit split can start as low as 40% for some prop firms. Think about it this way. If you made $600 today trading and $400 tomorrow your trading account for that proprietary trading firm would have a balance of $1,000. If you wanted to withdraw and pay yourself you could request at $1,000 withdraw (bringing your trading account balance down to zero). With the profit split you would have with the equity partner (TST equity partner) you would receive $600 and your equity partner would receive $400 for being the backer of the account.

To answer your second question, TopstepTrader has placed traders that do have full-time time jobs. Many traders we place trade at different times. Some leave orders working (with stops and targets (aka. OCO) of course) and go to work. It is all basically how you decide to trade (The equity partner does have rules though as it is their money).

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Im sure Michael will respond shortly. But in the mean time just keep in mind that a prop firm and a hedge fund are two vastly different businesses. TST does not have investors. They have traders who trade TST's capital once they have passed the combine. Their revenue model does not rely on (nor involve) investors. There is also no concept of a management fee in the case of a prop firm like TST.


Darkpooltrading- I do want to clarify that they are not trading for TST once you pass the Combine. You would be trading on our equity partner's account. TST is strictly a scouting agency that educates (TSTU), develops, and discovers traders in a realtime SIM (aka. Paper) environment.

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Great news on NT! Question though; Is this part going to be a permanent or only for the roll out?




Thanks for the info!
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Thanks for the update

The duration of this roll out will no doubt be dependent on whether or not any bugs are found. But if the soft launch goes well without a need to send this back to development/testing,...when do you expect the platform to be available to the general public?

Thanks.

Darkpool- The goal is by the first week of August, pending the NT committee we have on the ball does not find any issues.

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This means the 20-day combines as we knew them recently are actually history!

Am I reading this wrong....

Still sounds like the 20 day combines exist. They just have the same profit target. So you can decide either 10 or 20 days to reach the same profit target.

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It's sorta betting whether you can make it in 10 days, or whether you make it and don't blow in 20. I can see the psychology aspect working here, so it's not only about trading per se.

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Am I reading this wrong....

Still sounds like the 20 day combines exist. They just have the same profit target. So you can decide either 10 or 20 days to reach the same profit target.

... the 20-day combines as we knew them recently are actually history!

Sorry for not being clear - I mean we are back to strict time-bound combines (which they had started at the beginning) instead of the "minimum time" ones.

In 10-day combines too the number of days to achieve target cannot be between 10 and 20 they cap them at 10.

Thus you need to take an "observer" stance for all the other days which is good discipline but you need to up the game a bit.

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It's sorta betting whether you can make it in 10 days, or whether you make it and don't blow in 20. I can see the psychology aspect working here, so it's not only about trading per se.

It would be interesting to know how many people reach the target early only to have some losing days cause them to fall under and not reach the objective.

I agree with the Psychology aspect as most people would be quick to think the longer time frame is better to reach the same goal.

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Thus you need to take an "observer" stance for all the other days which is good discipline but you need to up the game a bit.

The "old style" combine allowed you some extra trading days if you were close to reaching the profit target. Now, you only get extra days if you decide not to take any trades on some of the days.

This will help me if I I'm unable to trade some of the days. But my trading method does not have a "wait and decide if you should trade today" component. I'll have a hard time deciding if a day is a day to skip before making at least one trade.

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This means the 20-day combines as we knew them recently are actually history!

I have to say I do not agree with this change and I do not think it promotes good trading habits.

The email states that this is aimed at promoting patience, but in fact what this will result in is people skipping valid setups because they're scared of using up one of their trading days. What TST is looking for is traders who have a defined edge which takes into account risk, loss limits, market structure, targets etc. When the trader see's their edge present itself they execute. Period.

The 'minimum' structure they have had in place lends itself to traders executing their edge when they see it, and not picking and choosing which valid setups to take. When you see a valid setup as per your edge, you take it. This new 'limit' structure will result in traders skipping perfectly good trades because they dont want to use up a day. They will begin looking for sure things. As we know, good traders trade probabilities, they dont trade sure things. By skipping valid setups because you're scared of using up a day, you are not trading probabilities, you are waiting for a sure thing which doesn't exist in the market.

Further to that, TST will now have much less information about prospective traders after only 10 or 20 trading days. Personally, I would want to see how a person trades consistently over a 2 month period. Not how they trade on 10 or 20 cherry picked days.

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I have to say I do not agree with this change and I do not think it promotes good trading habits.

The email states that this is aimed at promoting patience, but in fact what this will result in is people skipping valid setups because they're scared of using up one of their trading days. What TST is looking for is traders who have a defined edge which takes into account risk, loss limits, market structure, targets etc. When the trader see's their edge present itself they execute. Period.

The 'minimum' structure they have had in place lends itself to traders executing their edge when they see it, and not picking and choosing which valid setups to take. When you see a valid setup as per your edge, you take it. This new 'limit' structure will result in traders skipping perfectly good trades because they dont want to use up a day. They will begin looking for sure things. As we know, good traders trade probabilities, they dont trade sure things. By skipping valid setups because you're scared of using up a day, you are not trading probabilities, you are waiting for a sure thing which doesn't exist in the market.

Further to that, TST will now have much less information about prospective traders after only 10 or 20 trading days. Personally, I would want to see how a person trades consistently over a 2 month period. Not how they trade on 10 or 20 cherry picked days.

Edit: Patience in trading is about waiting for valid setups. Patience is not about skipping days or valid trades looking for a sure thing.

I agree with your comments...

It can also add the psychological pressures that "I took a trade today" so not I must be profitable today. Need to keep this kind of thinking out of trading.

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I agree with your comments...

It can also add the psychological pressures that "I took a trade today" so not I must be profitable today. Need to keep this kind of thinking out of trading.

Exactly right. Initially traders will be far too wary of placing a trade for fear of using a day. Then once he has placed that first trade he will be more inclined to force trades because rather than waste one of his precious 10 or 20 days, he's going to MAKE the market pay him. We all know what that results in.

They obviously want to promote patience in waiting for valid trades, which is great. However all this will do is result in people skipping valid trades and then over trading once they've placed a trade for the day.

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It's sorta betting whether you can make it in 10 days, or whether you make it and don't blow in 20. I can see the psychology aspect working here, so it's not only about trading per se.

Xelaar- You are a bit correct. It is not completely about trading at this point but more understanding what you are capable of and making the decision that fits that.

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... the 20-day combines as we knew them recently are actually history!

Sorry for not being clear - I mean we are back to strict time-bound combines (which they had started at the beginning) instead of the "minimum time" ones.

In 10-day combines too the number of days to achieve target cannot be between 10 and 20 they cap them at 10.

Thus you need to take an "observer" stance for all the other days which is good discipline but you need to up the game a bit.

iqgod- You are correct the minimum is gone and replaced with the decision to either trade 10 or 20 days to meet the same rules and target.

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I agree with your comments...

It can also add the psychological pressures that "I took a trade today" so not I must be profitable today. Need to keep this kind of thinking out of trading.

I believe they want to see people taking only high probability trades, not shooting "maybe it will work".

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I have to say I do not agree with this change and I do not think it promotes good trading habits.

The email states that this is aimed at promoting patience, but in fact what this will result in is people skipping valid setups because they're scared of using up one of their trading days. What TST is looking for is traders who have a defined edge which takes into account risk, loss limits, market structure, targets etc. When the trader see's their edge present itself they execute. Period.

The 'minimum' structure they have had in place lends itself to traders executing their edge when they see it, and not picking and choosing which valid setups to take. When you see a valid setup as per your edge, you take it. This new 'limit' structure will result in traders skipping perfectly good trades because they dont want to use up a day. They will begin looking for sure things. As we know, good traders trade probabilities, they dont trade sure things. By skipping valid setups because you're scared of using up a day, you are not trading probabilities, you are waiting for a sure thing which doesn't exist in the market.

Further to that, TST will now have much less information about prospective traders after only 10 or 20 trading days. Personally, I would want to see how a person trades consistently over a 2 month period. Not how they trade on 10 or 20 cherry picked days.

Edit: Patience in trading is about waiting for valid setups. Patience is not about skipping days or valid trades looking for a sure thing.

Darkpool- We are looking for traders to "Just Trade" as the old line on the trading floor goes (the CBOT handed tshirts out about 6 years ago that played off the "Just do it" Nike line). When you trade you learn more about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. This gives you incredible feedback that you then can doing something about if you so choose.

Do not look at the amount of days left or be scared to enter because this may waste a day. The goal of the Combine is to develop and follow rules, not to only hit the profit target. If you follow all the rules and make $1 you are able to roll your Combine over to a new Combine at no cost. If you follow the rules and meet the profit target you will be moving on to a funded account or in some situations a Live Trader Preparation period. If you do not follow the rules at any of the levels you will not advance and starting a Combine over will require a new deposit.

The goal of the Combine is to develop talent and retain talent that follows the rules. Meeting the profit target will be a side effect of following the rules. 97% of those we survey said the Combine has helped them to develop as a trader. This is a vital tool you can use to get to where you want to be WITHOUT putting another $5k into the market and weathering that storm.

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Exactly right. Initially traders will be far too wary of placing a trade for fear of using a day. Then once he has placed that first trade he will be more inclined to force trades because rather than waste one of his precious 10 or 20 days, he's going to MAKE the market pay him. We all know what that results in.

They obviously want to promote patience in waiting for valid trades, which is great. However all this will do is result in people skipping valid trades and then over trading once they've placed a trade for the day.

Darkpool- A trader need to practice discipline and follow his plan. If he/she are doing this and their results are not up to par. They should be tweaking their plan. The key is to stay disciplined and follow YOUR plan. This gives you feedback to know if you have a sound trading plan or if it needs work. Forcing trades or over trading once you have made a trade does not sound like a disciplined trader. TST does not force you to trade and we even say you do not have to make money to stay in the Combine at no cost BUT you do need to follow the rules and our rules are risk management rules that instill discipline over time. Some traders take much longer than others to get to a point where the foundation of their trading is not indicators, set-ups, or whatever. It is a discipline. Discipline is the core of their trading. Having this as a foundation is the start of developing yourself into an amazing sound even keeled trader.

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IMO NT combine is not ready....slippage is horrible....miscalculations in NT...no idea of RT P&L
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IMO NT combine is not ready....slippage is horrible....miscalculations in NT...no idea of RT P&L
not at all pleased....waited since Feb....

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Darkpool- We are looking for traders to "Just Trade" as the old line on the trading floor goes (the CBOT handed tshirts out about 6 years ago that played off the "Just do it" Nike line). When you trade you learn more about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. This gives you incredible feedback that you then can doing something about if you so choose.

Do not look at the amount of days left or be scared to enter because this may waste a day. The goal of the Combine is to develop and follow rules, not to only hit the profit target. If you follow all the rules and make $1 you are able to roll your Combine over to a new Combine at no cost. If you follow the rules and meet the profit target you will be moving on to a funded account or in some situations a Live Trader Preparation period. If you do not follow the rules at any of the levels you will not advance and starting a Combine over will require a new deposit.

The goal of the Combine is to develop talent and retain talent that follows the rules. Meeting the profit target will be a side effect of following the rules. 97% of those we survey said the Combine has helped them to develop as a trader. This is a vital tool you can use to get to where you want to be WITHOUT putting another $5k into the market and weathering that storm.

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Thanks for the reply Michael and thank you for engaging with us,

The combine is definitely a positive thing for traders to do. I have no doubt 97% of traders surveyed say it was a positive thing for their trading.

However I personally don't agree that this latest rule change will have the desired effect.

I really think that there will be more traders skipping valid setups so they don't use one of their days. Then,...once they have placed a trade after waiting any number of days with no trading, they will then over trade so as not to waste the day. I agree completely that this is not the behavior of a disciplined trader. However this is likely to be the behavior of a trader in this environment with an extremely limited time to trade where the importance of each day is overly emphasized. Surely the idea should be to downplay the importance of any day or trade. That is not what is being done here.

With the current rules, the environment is more conducive to taking all valid trades ("Just trading") with no added pressure on the importance of any particular day. It is also more conducive to stopping trading when you're clearly not seeing the market right.

Anyway, TST no doubt records copious amounts of stats on it's traders. So time will tell.

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how do think those who waited months for NT to be ready feel ....I was invited to the phase 1 NT rollout....and went with a 10 day 150k combine effective today....and the night before my combine starts after I get my login credentials you send this new e-mail changing the structure effective the following week....BLINDSIDE!

10 day combine twice as hard now....a lot easier to average 600 day than it is 1200....

also agree with the cherry picking comments from dark pool above...but also feel that 10 day combine not only more $ difficult...but more pressure to force trades...why take the 10 day now?

bad timing on rule changes....and NT still not ready....

and look at this volatility in CL!!!!

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With the current rules, the environment is more conducive to taking all valid trades ("Just trading") with no added pressure on the importance of any particular day. It is also more conducive to stopping trading when you're clearly not seeing the market right.

Bingo. I have no horse in this race at all, and I like TST a lot, but I think the move to minimum format was a very good one, and am puzzled as to why it was changed. My first guess would be business reasons, though I hope that's not it, because I just don't see the benefit to traders.

Said another way, which format more closely mimics the reality of a trading environment? One in which you are penalized for taking one trade and scratching it (by reducing the number of days in which you can now trade over the next month), or one in which no one trade or day is ever given more importance over another?

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how do think those who waited months for NT to be ready feel ....I was invited to the phase 1 NT rollout....and went with a 10 day 150k combine effective today....and the night before my combine starts after I get my login credentials you send this new e-mail changing the structure effective the following week....BLINDSIDE!

10 day combine twice as hard now....a lot easier to average 600 day than it is 1200....

also agree with the cherry picking comments from dark pool above...but also feel that 10 day combine not only more $ difficult...but more pressure to force trades...why take the 10 day now?

bad timing on rule changes....and NT still not ready....

and look at this volatility in CL!!!!

looking forward to resolution

9baller- If you would like to change or are concerned you can contact support and see what options are available.

To address concerns on making things harder I would have to disagree and say that we have made things easier. The new format promotes and pushes the trader that is looking to enter the Combine to pull the trigger on the Combine with more time (the first test of seeing if a trader has patience). There should not be a rush to develop your trading or even showcase your trading. The profit targets we have for the Combine are the same whether you choose 10 or 20 days.

There has been other points that say that the new format forces a trader make a lot more in the 10 day. I want to stress that profits should come naturally in the Combine. If you find you are forcing profits you need to size down both in your position and in the Combine you are looking to enter. The 30k Combine has a profit target of $1,500. You can choose either 10 days or 20 days to most importantly MEET THE RULES and meet the profit target (if naturally possible). For this example you would have to produce a trading average of $150 if you enter the 10 day and a trading average of $75 if you entered the 20 day.

So we can see above that the 20 day is drastically easier and if I can't naturally meet that level BUT follow my rules this particular Combine will cost me nothing. You will then have the opportunity to restart the Combine and look to further develop (using the experience from your prior Combine) and eventually get yourself naturally meeting the Combine profit target.

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Bingo. I have no horse in this race at all, and I like TST a lot, but I think the move to minimum format was a very good one, and am puzzled as to why it was changed. My first guess would be business reasons, though I hope that's not it, because I just don't see the benefit to traders.

Said another way, which format more closely mimics the reality of a trading environment? One in which you are penalized for taking one trade and scratching it (by reducing the number of days in which you can now trade over the next month), or one in which no one trade or day is ever given more importance over another?

josh- If your focus is meeting the Rules of the Combine there should be no greater or lesser importance of any day over another.

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Lastly, I do want to say that recruits in the Combine will have one profit target (at each Combine level) that they can choose either 10 days (within 30 calendar) or 20 days (within 60 calendar) to naturally achieve while following the rules.

For those that have been in the 20 day Combine this is a drastic decrease (up to 30%) in the profits that one needs to achieve.

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Hello MP,

I agree that you have made things easier...for the 20 day combine....I signed up for 10 day Monday night...get changes Tuesday night...so yes 20 day is easier but not for me....If i had known on Monday that you would relax structure on Tuesday would not have signed up for 10 day....that's my point....

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I agree that you have made things easier...for the 20 day combine....I signed up for 10 day Monday night...get changes Tuesday night...so yes 20 day is easier but not for me....If i had known on Monday that you would relax structure on Tuesday would not have signed up for 10 day....that's my point....

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Hello MP,

I agree that you have made things easier...for the 20 day combine....I signed up for 10 day Monday night...get changes Tuesday night...so yes 20 day is easier but not for me....If i had known on Monday that you would relax structure on Tuesday would not have signed up for 10 day....that's my point....

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Current 30k 20 day minimum combine to be completed in 2 months:
In two months there are an average of 42 trading days. The profit target is currently $2000. Therefore an average of 2000 / 42 = $47.62 per day is required

New 30k 20 day limit combine to be completed in 2 months (BUT: when you reach 20 traded days the combine ends). The new profit target is $1500
Therefore an average of 1500 / 20 = $75 per day is required

Darkpool- The first example is trading every single day.

The second example is going back to looking for a trader that has patience and waits for the market to come to them. A trader that treats every day with the utmost importance. This was effective prior to TST introducing the minimum Combine and it will continue to be effective after removing the minimum. If you guys think I'm wrong look at the trade reports for those that have been funded.. They use 10 or 20 days depending on what they signed up for. They do not use 42 days.

We have studied this for a while and concluded that the minimum Combine format needed to be adjusted. It will be adjusted next week. In the last three years we've made continuous changes to the Combine that are in the trader AND equity partner's best interest (as we represent both). This is our most recent change and we look to produce even better talent going forward.

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Current 30k 20 day minimum combine to be completed in 2 months:
In two months there are an average of 42 trading days. The profit target is currently $2000. Therefore an average of 2000 / 42 = $47.62 per day is required

New 30k 20 day limit combine to be completed in 2 months (BUT: when you reach 20 traded days the combine ends). The new profit target is $1500
Therefore an average of 1500 / 20 = $75 per day is required


Either scenario has me salivating...

...patiently waiting for a robust version of NT / TST. I don't care if it's Christmas - next year!!

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You think 6 months is hurrying?....

curious about t4....is it viable in comparison to NT....I use MC for charting and only use NT for execution with 2 active doms...1 dom uses autotrail OCO stop....other is manually adjusted OCO...

I will take the time to learn t4 if it's workable....does the t4 platform have a RT balance update while in the combine....or do you need to fly blind and login to 3rd party site to confirm combine trades and day's equity....don't see how that works for anyone

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You think 6 months is hurrying?....

curious about t4....is it viable in comparison to NT....I use MC for charting and only use NT for execution with 2 active doms...1 dom uses autotrail OCO stop....other is manually adjusted OCO...

I will take the time to learn t4 if it's workable....does the t4 platform have a RT balance update while in the combine....or do you need to fly blind and login to 3rd party site to confirm combine trades and day's equity....don't see how that works for anyone

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thank you Michael....will do

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I know you have been very faithful with CTS T4 and I am not aware of what kind of a business relationship you have with CTS. However, just out of curiosity why would you never consider switching over to OEC. Rock solid, no problem with Ninja and plenty of other options. I was trading practice in T4 and real live on OEC side by side when the #'s came out this morning. T4 dom couldnt even keep up with it (and it was on auto center) and OEC was sailing smoothly. OEC has "EVERYTHING" that T4 offers and plenty more options. Its been built right from ground up. Plenty of options including individual legs for each lot in OEC. I know it a big step but sometimes you have to sell the beatup car cause the repairs are more than the cost of a new one. I know my rant isnt going to make a difference but after working with T4 over a month it still has same issues over and over and its just the platform.

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I've said it before and will just offer the friendly reminder, that there are other software apps that work perfectly out of the box with TST with their CTS data besides T4. Not sure why TST does not ever mention alternatives. Those who have been waiting for 6-8 months could have already been using something else which you might even like better, or at least given it a shot.

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I am also glad to see Ninja is getting close. I have an additional question regarding Ninja licensing too. I'm curious if I have Ninja installed, will I change my current license for the combine or install a second instance of Ninja? I know I can not run two instances of the same Ninja, but I have not tried to install to two different directories and run two separate copies.

With all the recent activity on this thread, I think this question got missed.

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I've said it before and will just offer the friendly reminder, that there are other software apps that work perfectly out of the box with TST with their CTS data besides T4. Not sure why TST does not ever mention alternatives. Those who have been waiting for 6-8 months could have already been using something else which you might even like better, or at least given it a shot.

It amazes and amuses me - people letting opportunity pass by due to some tools attachments. Imagine a construction worker passes on a possibly career-changing contract due to inability to take his gismo-ladden laser-guided pneumo-drill to the a new construction site and despising the idea of working with electric drill preferring sitting on welfare!

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It amazes and amuses me - people letting opportunity pass by due to some tools attachments. Imagine a construction worker passes on a possibly career-changing contract due to inability to take his gismo-ladden laser-guided pneumo-drill to the a new construction site and despising the idea of working with electric drill preferring sitting on welfare!

Not to go too off-topic here, but I honestly think that T4 too is a gizmo-laden laser-guided pneumatic drill.

And I saying this because I haven't used other tools in the combine - just that T4 fulfills its responsibilities and it serves it purpose very well.

As for the defects - problems with scaling positions, problems with non-scalable basic charts (see edit below) etc. I agree - but I try to keep my data platform separate from execution platform so that isn't an issue.

For me T4 as an execution platform is "between good and great".

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For the UI challenged amongst us (includes me!) @xelaar outlined the procedure to scale charts:

Drag time or price scale bars on bottom or right side of the chart with right mouse button pressed instead of left (for scrolling).


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Not to go too off-topic here, but I honestly think that T4 too is a gizmo-laden laser-guided pneumatic drill.

And I saying this because I haven't used other tools in the combine - just that T4 fulfills its responsibilities and it serves it purpose very well.

As for the defects - problems with scaling positions, problems with non-scalable basic charts etc. I agree - but I try to keep my data platform separate from execution platform so that isn't an issue.

For me T4 as an execution platform is "between good and great".

Charts are perfectly scalable. Actually I like T4 charts way more than Ninja. I consider Ninja charting inferior to many platforms, graphically-wise and user-friendliness wise. Multicharts can stand well with T4, not Ninja. DOM is much better in T4 than in Ninja and especially MC. It lacks strategies, that probably the only real fault of T4.

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Michael,

I know you have been very faithful with CTS T4 and I am not aware of what kind of a business relationship you have with CTS. However, just out of curiosity why would you never consider switching over to OEC. Rock solid, no problem with Ninja and plenty of other options. I was trading practice in T4 and real live on OEC side by side when the #'s came out this morning. T4 dom couldnt even keep up with it (and it was on auto center) and OEC was sailing smoothly. OEC has "EVERYTHING" that T4 offers and plenty more options. Its been built right from ground up. Plenty of options including individual legs for each lot in OEC. I know it a big step but sometimes you have to sell the beatup car cause the repairs are more than the cost of a new one. I know my rant isnt going to make a difference but after working with T4 over a month it still has same issues over and over and its just the platform.

I believe the reason for this is that CTS gets "unfiltered" data whereas other platforms get packets of data. The unfiltered data takes more time to update in the DOM but the orders are processed the same. The downside to filtered (packet) data is that you will not get accurate bid/ask data at the individual tick level. This is the primary reason T4 is considered a "professional" platform and Ninjatrader (among others) is a "retail" platform. The downside to unfiltered data is that the printed price on the DOM lags that actual market, however if you place an order it is processed in real time regardless of what the DOM is showing. For example, in a fast market when the DOM is lagging and you place a limit order the DOM may seem to "trade around" your price but in fact the actual market has moved beyond the reach of your order.

I'm don't have an opinion on which is better for the retail trader yet.

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I believe the reason for this is that CTS gets "unfiltered" data whereas other platforms get packets of data. The unfiltered data takes more time to update in the DOM but the orders are processed the same. The downside to filtered (packet) data is that you will not get accurate bid/ask data at the individual tick level. This is the primary reason T4 is considered a "professional" platform and Ninjatrader (among others) is a "retail" platform. The downside to unfiltered data is that the printed price on the DOM lags that actual market, however if you place an order it is processed in real time regardless of what the DOM is showing. For example, in a fast market when the DOM is lagging and you place a limit order the DOM may seem to "trade around" your price but in fact the actual market has moved beyond the reach of your order.

I'm don't have an opinion on which is better for the retail trader yet.

What you are saying might be true for Ninja, Sierra etc but I have "Battle-tested" OEC during the recent flash crash so I don't think what you are saying applies to OEC. I ll try to make a video of OEC vs T4 sometime if I can get a reliable video capture during a #'s release-the only problem is that I generally trade the volatility so I have to give up that to make the video but I will try at some point in time. That will clarify a lot of things I am trying to say when you place two dom's side by side.

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It amazes and amuses me - people letting opportunity pass by due to some tools attachments. Imagine a construction worker passes on a possibly career-changing contract due to inability to take his gismo-ladden laser-guided pneumo-drill to the a new construction site and despising the idea of working with electric drill preferring sitting on welfare!

I'm not sure I want to jump into this, but, I sort of agree with @xelaar about the general subject of tools: I found T4 to be good enough, as in, when I knew I had a trade, I just entered it into the T4 DOM, no big deal. It went in. I had a position, and maybe I made money, maybe not. (I used NT to make the decisions, because I liked and was used to the tools I had there.... But the same could be said for other platforms -- what you're used to matters.)

Not to say that there isn't anything better than T4 -- in fact, it's pretty limited. But it won't make the difference between whether you are profitable or not. No disrespect intended, but that's not your edge.

Basically, it's not the platform that makes you money. (And I agree that some are better than others. And I'm not thrilled with T4. But it works well enough.)

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In my opinion, the true value of T4 vs. other platforms is server side placement of stop and OCO orders. This means that, once orders are placed and a position is entered, the corresponding stop and linked profit target are held at the server. Seems obvious, but what does this really mean to the trader, or in this case, the backer (TST)? It means that once the trader has an OPEN position, risk is predetermined and measurably controlled without any additional input from the trader. Once the connected target or stop order is hit and filled,the OPEN position will be closed, the trader will be flat, and no orders will remain on the DOM (unless the trader has resting orders, above or below the market, which per TSTs requirement are resting OCO orders, and limited to the maximum allowable size of the related account) But why is that so important? RISK control. If you are trading electronically, you are remotely accessing the markets, and in TSTs case, these traders are remote from all around the world. Every trader has connection risk and lag risk per their individual geographical location and ISP. Not to mention life risk (trader has emergency and has to step away from computer - this could be anything from a bathroom or smoke break, a phone call, a diaper change, to a heart attack - you get the idea). Also add in hardware or software concerns and you begin to get the real picture of the enormous risk involved.

So as an individual trader, or as a backer, how do you attempt to address this risk? First, by limiting any newly opened trades to be generated only as OCO orders and second, make certain those orders are held at the server. Which in T4s case is right at the exchange and is privy to all the advantages that entails.

Has your internet ever gone down? Has your trading ever been interrupted by life? Ever had a computer hardware/software malfunction?
If anything interferes with a traders ability to manage an open position, and no corresponding OCO is there(at the server) to manage that position - you have exposure to some serious RISK.

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@John32, I agree with you. Just to be clear though, this is platform-dependent. Sierra Chart, when using CTS, also supports server-side OCO. So this is not just a platform feature, it's a CTS feature. Also, while Rithmic supports server-side OCO, Sierra does not support this capability, for example, so both the broker and the platform must support this.

Something that only T4 has, as far as I have found, is the "AutoOCO" order type. This predefines the entry, and a bracketed stop/limit all in one order. This atomizes the order, so that there is no way a position can be in the market without a stop in the market as well, at least under normal operating conditions.

While one danger is in having a local OCO, an equally large risk (if not greater) is having an OCO bracket that is created locally by the software at the time of the entry order. For example, placing an attached order / ATM / etc. to an entry order that is executed locally when the primary order is filled. Sometimes traders will place their entry orders far in advance, but the ATM/attached orders are only to be created locally. In the event of an internet failure, what you will have is an entry order at the broker/exchange, with no stop in place.

IMO, CTS's AutoOCO is a great way to ensure that the position is fully covered. However, the way for any platform to do this is very simple: place the entry order and stop order, and only after the position is filled create an OCO bracket and then cancel the existing stop order. This ensures that no matter what happens, you will have limit and stop orders held non-locally (for most all data feeds anyway), and then you can manage the position with a bracket afterward. While race conditions exist with this approach, and while only CTS's AutoOCO can atomize the order and remove the risk completely, the above is a very good solution that I'm afraid few people take because they prize their "ATM" and for some reason are too lazy to input two orders (entry and stop) when they want to initiate a position.

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Thank you - Agreed - I use Sierra with CTS - T4 is the default CTS front end DOM and only works with CTS data.
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@MarketPilot - In response to your recent question:

I am also glad to see Ninja is getting close. I have an additional question regarding Ninja licensing too. I'm curious if I have Ninja installed, will I change my current license for the combine or install a second instance of Ninja? I know I can not run two instances of the same Ninja, but I have not tried to install to two different directories and run two separate copies.

To answer:

At this point in time, a license key for Ninja is included with your Combine deposit. if you became funded utilizing Ninja, you would then be responsible for having your own license key.

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@MarketPilot - In response to your recent question:

I'm curious if I have Ninja installed, will I change my current license for the combine or install a second instance of Ninja?

You are provided a separate license key for use in the combine...that license key enables the TopStep data feed 'Big tick/cts" in the data feed provider window under account connections...It is not visible under your currrent license key....if you are funded and trade through NT...you will use your own license key at that point...I am told....

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It amazes and amuses me - people letting opportunity pass by due to some tools attachments. Imagine a construction worker passes on a possibly career-changing contract due to inability to take his gismo-ladden laser-guided pneumo-drill to the a new construction site and despising the idea of working with electric drill preferring sitting on welfare!

I am not certain if this quote was directed at me or not but for one it is a wise ass insensitive remark....two you are making assumptions...and three you obviously are not familair with NT because if you were you would not use T4....

T4
Doesn’t cancel bracket orders if you exit @ market or limit order…they must be cancelled manually
Doesn’t adjust quantities if I scale in/out of position with OCO orders in the que…
Doesn’t adjust stop/ exit quantities if a manually placed stop is working….and I scale in/out…
When clicking on stop orders they disappear….and stop goes invisible on drag
Before each action you have to highlight the action buttons prior to execution (T.S.SL.OCO.etc)

IMO the risk of being double filled/accidentally reversing or having a naked position is too high....

SC is overoptioned IMO....don't like it either....

after using NT for several years why would I want to fumble around with inferior tools and potentially waste a combine deposit and professional capiatlization, when NT works perfectly and my command of the software is automatic....why you think so many are waiting for it....why have "fat finger stress" trading is hard enough

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after using NT for several years why would I want to fumble around with inferior tools and potentially waste a combine deposit and professional capiatlization, when NT works perfectly and my command of the software is automatic....why you think so many are waiting for it....why have "fat finger stress" trading is hard enough


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2.Conscious incompetence Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.
3.Conscious competence The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.
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