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I know there are many, many members on futures.io (formerly BMT) who have passed the TST combine. I cannot keep track of them all, so I thought it would be helpful to maintain a list here in this thread.

If you have passed a TST combine and/or been funded, please just make a short post in this thread.

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I have passed the $50k combine a couple of times.

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Passed the 30k, was not able to complete the "live combine prep", my largest 10 day losing day, was greater than my largest 10 day winning day.

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Hi addchild,

I'm a little confuse when you mention you were not able to complete the "live combine prep". I thought once you pass the Combine you are allow to trade a Live account wih the same Max Drawdown of the Combine you complete it. Can you please elavorate about this "live combine prep"?

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Hi addchild,

I'm a little confuse when you mention you were not able to complete the "live combine prep". I thought once you pass the Combine you are allow to trade a Live account wih the same Max Drawdown of the Combine you complete it. Can you please elavorate about this "live combine prep"?

Thank you

As far as I am aware they ask every person that completes a combine to trade for extra days, with a reduced profit target, and no minimum time, but they do add a few other restrictions.

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addchild,

Thank you for your reply. What are the other restrictions? Lets said you make it to the Live Trader Preparation period, do you still need to make $10,000 cushion to start making money on the $150k account?

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I passed their 150K, 10 day combine on my second attempt. First attempt i qualified for a refund/rollover but was not eligible for funding so never made it beyond that.

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Well done to trading2win for getting funded. Im not sure if he is an active poster on futures.io (formerly BMT) (or what his username is), but he mentions in the below interview being a member.

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Would be nice to hear from people who are funded. I wasn't aware of the "live combine prep". Why isn't it disclosed or did I just miss it?

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Would be nice to hear from people who are funded. I wasn't aware of the "live combine prep". Why isn't it disclosed or did I just miss it?

There are many. As I run across them again I will try to remember to post here.

General combine questions should go in the main vendor thread.

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I wasn't aware of the "live combine prep". Why isn't it disclosed or did I just miss it?

I had this question in the TST AMA and now they actually disclose it on their website, but this wasn't always the case.The link to the disclosure was posted in that thread. :


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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.


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Passed the 10 day, $30k combine.

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If you have passed a TST combine and/or been funded, please just make a short post in this thread.

Also, just a tad bit more info would be even more welcomed I guess, since passing the Combine itself is pretty much just the entry exam in the whole process, and doesn't get you the gig itself.

So sharing like how many tries it took and where are you now in the process (Live Prep, funded since X weeks, blew funded after Y weeks) would give us more information, although understandable if not everyone wants to reveal so much.
But anyhow, thank you for everyone sharing...

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Passed the 10 day, $30k combine.

Good job Josh. I followed some of your previous Combine and your openness. This is really good result for you.
Do you have to do a Live Prep before funding or are you funded or are you aiming to try for a bigger Combine?

Have a great day
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Guys,

Thought I would drop this in as a side note to the thread:

Starting on Friday last week you will see a number of recruits with BLUE C badges (typically those in the Combine have a black C badge), that signifies that they have received a Combine rollover(s) (no cost participation in the Combine). We want to commend these recruits by setting them apart from the others by giving them the blue C distinction.

Trading consistently and profitably is hard work. Anyone covering their costs, breaking even, or realizing profits consistently is trading better than 90% of the futures traders out there as recognized by many trading psychologists. The blue "C" badges indicate the recruits/traders that have reached this level of proficiency in the Combine by achieving a "roll over." If you have the chance to check out the chat room you will see all the updated blue C badges.

Congratulations and great work to all these recruits/traders. Your hard work is paying off. Keep trading well.

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I've done a poor job maintaining this thread. But here is @xelaar's funded trader interview:



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Well done @Disciple

Nice interview. All the best as a funded trader!


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Thanks @DarkPoolTrading

It was pre-recorded due to the time difference. I missed hearing it live and wasn't sure when it was on so I very much appreciate the link.

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I passed about 7 to eight combines....I failed many live prep combines.....and I ultimately failed as a live trader.

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I passed about 7 to eight combines....I failed many live prep combines.....and I ultimately failed as a live trader.

titan- Passing 7 Combines is excellent! Failing Live Trader Prep doesn't mean you failed as a live trader or failed period. The fact you are trading and working towards objectives will instill discipline and understanding in yourself as a trader. The more you know about yourself the more you know how to fix your trading in areas you struggle and recognize areas you have strengths to leverage those. This is growing as a trader.

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I passed about 7 to eight combines....I failed many live prep combines.....and I ultimately failed as a live trader.

Don't give up, Titan.

You are already way ahead of the crowd with what you have done. I don't know you or your circumstances but you could be a hair's breadth away from making it.

There's people teaching others how to trade who couldn't pass 7 out of 8.

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Don't give up, Titan.

You are already way ahead of the crowd with what you have done. I don't know you or your circumstances but you could be a hair's breadth away from making it.

There's people teaching others how to trade who couldn't pass 7 out of 8.

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Well said Dionysus and I agree. Rolling over 8 Combines is a scratch trader (slash sound trader). A scratch trader typically has a great trading foundation of which there is a lot of potential to build off of.

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titan- Passing 7 Combines is excellent! Failing Live Trader Prep doesn't mean you failed as a live trader or failed period. The fact you are trading and working towards objectives will instill discipline and understanding in yourself as a trader. The more you know about yourself the more you know how to fix your trading in areas you struggle and recognize areas you have strengths to leverage those. This is growing as a trader.

Lastly, you can contact our scout team and we would be happy to provide feedback if you so choose.

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Thanks Mike...I'm sure you know me as Trading2win... I've been practicing...and refining... I'll need to sign for another combine soon... Thanks again....

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Thanks Mike...I'm sure you know me as Trading2win... I've been practicing...and refining... I'll need to sign for another combine soon... Thanks again....

All the best

Trading2win- Yes I know you well. You had popped up on the scouting radar many times. Let me know if you would like to speak with anyone in scouting.

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I passed about 7 to eight combines....I failed many live prep combines.....and I ultimately failed as a live trader.

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what exactly caused you failing in LTP while you were successful in combines ? are LTP rules more strict?

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Yes, the trading parameters tightened. It took me awhile to adapt. And the rules in the live trading account changed as well. I was not able to adapt to the live account rules. But I'm planning to attempt to go live again next year.

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Add me to the list. Going live

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Add me to the list. Going live

ChrisAP?- If so nice work in your Combine. The scout team updated me a notable recruit in the Combine hit the radar.

As a word of advice when you start live, just focus on doing what you do. There is no rush, but you also want to keep pressure on yourself to keep continuing to perform. Some traders get into a relaxed state, you can't do that. Trading is ALWAYS uncomfortable... Getting used to being comfortable while being uncomfortable is a good skill to have.

Trade smart, looking forward to seeing you as a Senior trader soon.

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ChrisAP?- If so nice work in your Combine. The scout team updated me a notable recruit in the Combine hit the radar.

As a word of advice when you start live, just focus on doing what you do. There is no rush, but you also want to keep pressure on yourself to keep continuing to perform. Some traders get into a relaxed state, you can't do that. Trading is ALWAYS uncomfortable... Getting used to being comfortable while being uncomfortable is a good skill to have.

Trade smart, looking forward to seeing you as a Senior trader soon.

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Add me to the list. Going live

Awesome. Congrats.

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Congrats @Chrismind for passing the Combine, especially because you're getting funded without having to go through the LTP process before !

Best of luck for your transition from Junior to Senior Trader.

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ChrisAP?- If so nice work in your Combine. The scout team updated me a notable recruit in the Combine hit the radar.

As a word of advice when you start live, just focus on doing what you do. There is no rush, but you also want to keep pressure on yourself to keep continuing to perform. Some traders get into a relaxed state, you can't do that. Trading is ALWAYS uncomfortable... Getting used to being comfortable while being uncomfortable is a good skill to have.

Trade smart, looking forward to seeing you as a Senior trader soon.

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I have passed a 10d-30K combine; no lights out performance, pretty pedastrian. ( 2014-01-21_2143 - SyedB's library) Have a call scheduled tomorrow with the scouting team for LTP. Win-loss-draw with the LTP, my combine experience had been nothing short of a "reality-check". And if I go on to have a successful trading career, the combines... I'll remember them as life-altering "turning point."

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I have passed a 10d-30K combine; no lights out performance, pretty pedastrian. ( 2014-01-21_2143 - SyedB's library) Have a call scheduled tomorrow with the scouting team for LTP. Win-loss-draw with the LTP, my combine experience had been nothing short of a "reality-check". And if I go on to have a successful trading career, the combines... I'll remember them as life-altering "turning point."

Congrats EastCoastTrader!! Good luck to you in LTP. If you can pass the combine, you can surely pass LTP. Keep doing what you've been doing!!

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I think I just pass the combine...


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I think I just pass the combine...


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I notice a lot of people pass the combines but fail with live prep. What makes the live prep any different or harder than the combine?

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I notice a lot of people pass the combines but fail with live prep. What makes the live prep any different or harder than the combine?

I have been just passed the combine, and I am doing the LTP.


Why is LTP hard? I dont think LTP is hard, is just simple prooving you can do it again and again and again. But there are some other new rules what you have to follow, which could make it harder ofcourse:
- You are allow to trade only 2 lots till you are not reaching the 1500USD profit, than 3 lots then etc... They are refering it as a scaling plan: Funded Trader: Scaling Plan ? Help & Feedback Center
- Your profit target is less, during your combine, but because of the scaling plan we could say so it is the same (less profit, but you have to build up the account with small size)
- You are not allow to trade the news at all! You have to get out before it, and jump in after it. No news and spike trading at all
- You have to follow your plan every day. No scratch trade, if you are ready in 2 days. Do it again and again and again...
- You have 60 days to complie!

How can you fail? Only in one way. You get lucky to get your combine ready (1 lucky day, 1 lucky swing 1 lucky runner etc...) but building up from small size is more than luck...

Other reasons? I dont think so there could be other reasons. But If I fail, I will let you know a good one

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I have been just passed the combine, and I am doing the LTP.


Why is LTP hard? I dont think LTP is hard, is just simple prooving you can do it again and again and again. But there are some other new rules what you have to follow, which could make it harder ofcourse:
- You are allow to trade only 2 lots till you are not reaching the 1500USD profit, than 3 lots then etc... They are refering it as a scaling plan: Funded Trader: Scaling Plan ? Help & Feedback Center
- Your profit target is less, during your combine, but because of the scaling plan we could say so it is the same (less profit, but you have to build up the account with small size)
- You are not allow to trade the news at all! You have to get out before it, and jump in after it. No news and spike trading at all
- You have to follow your plan every day. No scratch trade, if you are ready in 2 days. Do it again and again and again...
- You have 60 days to complie!

How can you fail? Only in one way. You get lucky to get your combine ready (1 lucky day, 1 lucky swing 1 lucky runner etc...) but building up from small size is more than luck...

Other reasons? I dont think so there could be other reasons. But If I fail, I will let you know a good one


That sucks with the 2 lot rule. My favorite way to trade is to add onto winners sometimes even up to 5 times if there is a straight swing in my direction. That way I can make up for a lot of my losers. I wouldn't be risking anything because I'd get out if the trade came against me to my net b/e. But I know they still see that as potential risk because they don't know me etc. Oh well lol

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That sucks with the 2 lot rule. My favorite way to trade is to add onto winners sometimes even up to 5 times if there is a straight swing in my direction. That way I can make up for a lot of my losers. I wouldn't be risking anything because I'd get out if the trade came against me to my net b/e. But I know they still see that as potential risk because they don't know me etc. Oh well lol

Yip, speaking frankly, you really need to tailor your method to even start thinking about to do the combine. Ofc in the begining I was not even profitable, and didnt even had the method. But for big trend swing traders, it is a pain. A real pain, so I can share your feelings.

The good news is that, after you are a senior trader, you dont have to deal with this rules anymore:P

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Hi @matevisky ,

you wrote "No scratch trade"

Do their rules not allow to manage an open position ?
I looked at their site briefly , but did not see such a rule or details.

Not to be able to manage trades would be strange.

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Hi @matevisky ,



you wrote "No scratch trade"



Do their rules not allow to manage an open position ?

I looked at their site briefly , but did not see such a rule or details.



Not to be able to manage trades would be strange.


Sorry for the confusion. You can manage your trade as you like! I was speaking about the situation when you have reached your profit level and assume that you have done it in 4 days. After this you have to keep continue trading and not just scratch it in the last 6 days. That was what I meant, and it was asked during my live trader preparation and not in the combine. Hopes it clarifies!

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thanks for the clarification @matevisky

this makes sense, they want to see consistency not lucky shots

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The Live Trading Preparation was successful, I've got founded (details in my journal) @TopstepTrader. Next target is become senior trader (meaning make the first profit target on funded account).

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I have been just passed the combine, and I am doing the LTP.


Why is LTP hard? I dont think LTP is hard, is just simple prooving you can do it again and again and again. But there are some other new rules what you have to follow, which could make it harder ofcourse:
- You are allow to trade only 2 lots till you are not reaching the 1500USD profit, than 3 lots then etc... They are refering it as a scaling plan: Funded Trader: Scaling Plan ? Help & Feedback Center
- Your profit target is less, during your combine, but because of the scaling plan we could say so it is the same (less profit, but you have to build up the account with small size)
- You are not allow to trade the news at all! You have to get out before it, and jump in after it. No news and spike trading at all
- You have to follow your plan every day. No scratch trade, if you are ready in 2 days. Do it again and again and again...
- You have 60 days to complie!

How can you fail? Only in one way. You get lucky to get your combine ready (1 lucky day, 1 lucky swing 1 lucky runner etc...) but building up from small size is more than luck...

Other reasons? I dont think so there could be other reasons. But If I fail, I will let you know a good one



hi, could you give more details about the no scratch trade please

thanks

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hi, could you give more details about the no scratch trade please

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What he meant was that a trader should keep trading his normal style even if say he reaches the LTP profit target after 4 days - i.e. shouldn't spend the rest 6 days taking 1 tick profits or something to 'not lose'.


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What he meant was that a trader should keep trading his normal style even if say he reaches the LTP profit target after 4 days - i.e. shouldn't spend the rest 6 days taking 1 tick profits or something to 'not lose'.

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Congrats to all those who made it.

I'm seriously thinking about doing the Combine either the 30or50k to start. Thinking about January or Feburary. I am going to start scouring journals and find all the nuances. I might ask for a custom, as they say you can customize your parameters. Specifically they ask you to trade 10of10 days. I'm going to ask for 4to6 days of profit vs being forced to trade all 10. That doesn't always make sense. If I get no home runs during that time, to keep chipping singles and doubles for the goal.


My method is of hitting singles and doubles, if a home run comes along to try to milk it, if not keep chipping for singles and doubles. Why expose yourself to a Z day after a huge trend day or two?

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Congrats to all those who made it.



I'm seriously thinking about doing the Combine either the 30or50k to start. Thinking about January or Feburary. I am going to start scouring journals and find all the nuances. I might ask for a custom, as they say you can customize your parameters. Specifically they ask you to trade 10of10 days. I'm going to ask for 4to6 days of profit vs being forced to trade all 10. That doesn't always make sense. If I get no home runs during that time, to keep chipping singles and doubles for the goal.





My method is of hitting singles and doubles, if a home run comes along to try to milk it, if not keep chipping for singles and doubles. Why expose yourself to a Z day after a huge trend day or two?


10 days is stand for 10 trading days. You don't forced to trade the market every day. Your choice. You have 30 days to compile 10 trading days. Hopes it clarify

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For the 10 day combine it's 30 days, not 60. Which boils down to roughly trading every 2nd business day, on average that is.


Thx. The live trader prep was 60 days. Did not crosschecked. Edited my post to avoid missinformation

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Congrats to all those who made it.

I'm seriously thinking about doing the Combine either the 30or50k to start. Thinking about January or Feburary. I am going to start scouring journals and find all the nuances. I might ask for a custom, as they say you can customize your parameters. Specifically they ask you to trade 10of10 days. I'm going to ask for 4to6 days of profit vs being forced to trade all 10. That doesn't always make sense. If I get no home runs during that time, to keep chipping singles and doubles for the goal.


My method is of hitting singles and doubles, if a home run comes along to try to milk it, if not keep chipping for singles and doubles. Why expose yourself to a Z day after a huge trend day or two?

If you are in a "10 day" Combine, you have 30 calendar days to complete it (which will be about 22 or 23 trading days, depending on the month.)

You can also do a "continuous" Combine, which is renewed every month on a subscription basis, so it does not have an actual time limit at all. You still have to trade at least 10 days in total, but can take as long as you want to accumulate them. You are required to do at least 2 months in the continuous subscription, unless you pass the Combine sooner.

But you never have to trade "10 of 10 days" in a row, whichever one you select.

See TsT Help Page

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Edit: just to be clear, on the continuous you have a minimum requirement of 10 traded days, but you can trade as many as you need after that in order to meet the Combine objectives.

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Thank you guys. I misunderstood, thinking total time was 10days and you had to trade all 10. 10 in a month is a lot less pressure.

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Thank you guys. I misunderstood, thinking total time was 10days and you had to trade all 10. 10 in a month is a lot less pressure.

And if you do the continuous then it can be 10 trading days out of 2-3 months. Which is a lot less pressure.

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Passed the combine took 5 in total including rollovers. Last one I did was a month earlier and started off on the wrong foot but got a rollover. This one was ok from get go. Now waiting for their Email.

My guess is nowadays everyone has to do LTP despite their denying this. Seen guys with a Straight"A's" combine doing LTP so must be the norm nowadays.

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I too noticed that there are a whole lot of people who have "passed" their "Combine®"

However no one has stepped forward to state that they are actually making a living as a Professional Trader for the "Topstep Equity Partner®"

Or even, as a "Funded Trader®", to state that they have earned more from their share of trading profits than they have paid in subscription fees.

But I AM SURE that such people must be out there somewhere...

How dare I say such things!

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I too noticed that there are a whole lot of people who have "passed" their "Combine®"

However no one has stepped forward to state that they are actually making a living as a Professional Trader for the "Topstep Equity Partner®"

Or even, as a "Funded Trader®", to state that they have earned more from their share of trading profits than they have paid in subscription fees.

But I AM SURE that such people must be out there somewhere...

How dare I say such things!

I'll make sure you'll get that statement - from me
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Do you have to do LTP?

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I got their email saying I had to so my guess is its standard requirement in spite of what they say. at least in my case there was no reason. positive from day one and only one losing day and only ramped up when it showed my edge and I had the firepower and the mindset to do it. I didn't add to any losers or anything but I guess their money there rules but for me it's more waste of time as I see it. Finished combine 2 weeks ago and haven't heard from Hoag till now and it's next to impossible to talk to anyone other than the receptionist

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Still waiting to hear about anybody who has actually made any net profit doing this.

I would like to congratulate everyone who, having passed the Combine, (which is defined as a Contest of Skill in the Terms of Service of the Topstep website), will now have the opportunity to participate in the Live Trader Prep, another Contest of Skill. In other words, the prize of the first Contest is the chance to enter another Contest.

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I got their email saying I had to so my guess is its standard requirement in spite of what they say. at least in my case there was no reason. positive from day one and only one losing day and only ramped up when it showed my edge and I had the firepower and the mindset to do it. I didn't add to any losers or anything but I guess their money there rules but for me it's more waste of time as I see it. Finished combine 2 weeks ago and haven't heard from Hoag till now and it's next to impossible to talk to anyone other than the receptionist

Your report is great. You are probably going to be a great trader. I think I remember that they start watching your trade reports, and if you are doing just the same -- in your instance, great -- then John steps in and taps your shoulder and you get called up sooner than the 10 days. So, no problem. Either way, to me it will give me a chance to practice slowing it down a step and trading smaller. I'm glad I have it. You will be fine.

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Could someone clarify for me why a person would do more than one combine?

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This was my first combine, but I would think that people would do more than one combine if:

1) They didn't pass their combine

2) You were funded but broke the funded trader rules.

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I got notification today that I'm moving forward with live trader prep.

Looking forward to moving forward.

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Could someone clarify for me why a person would do more than one combine?

Would you only try once at anything else in life? If you failed your driving test the first time would you never try again? What about applying for a job? You apply once and aren't hired are you then doomed to never get a job?

Each combine is different and each person is different. Some may need a few times to get their method and mind correct so they can pass.

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he might be talking about why would you take another one if you have already passed one.

dont believe anything you hear and only half of what you see

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he might be talking about why would you take another one if you have already passed one.

Possible. Typically you only have to do a second combine if you failed the first one or blew LTP or funded status.

And from what I've seen everyone does LTP, I have yet to see one person pass the combine and go straight to funded.

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Possible. Typically you only have to do a second combine if you failed the first one or blew LTP or funded status.

And from what I've seen everyone does LTP, I have yet to see one person pass the combine and go straight to funded.

ya true, i've heard of a bunch of ppl only having to do a few days and not go through the full LTP. either way, if you're profitable, it shouldn't be an issue.

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I'm getting funded. This is the second time I passed a combine and first time I passed an LTP. Took me 15 months and countless combines.

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I'm getting funded. This is the second time I passed a combine and first time I passed an LTP. Took me 15 months and countless combines.

Thanks for sharing. Well done. Keep up the good work

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trying more and more combines gives more knowledge about the own trading style, learning from mistakes, another chance finding the style to trade profitable
... but reading some combine-reports here on futures.io (formerly BMT) sometimes it seems to me that the fees, the platform constraints and the given trading support(?) is not the ideal place to have for a good learning curve. Jumping from one contest to another or even one step higher ... isn't this hunting for the ideal thing and not happening to most doing this combine? Sorry, thats just my thinking, can be wrong ... somehow it reminds me of the movie The Island where they hope to finally get a ticket to the island, but the island is not existing, just the end for them.

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I'm getting funded. This is the second time I passed a combine and first time I passed an LTP. Took me 15 months and countless combines.

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trying more and more combines gives more knowledge about the own trading style, learning from mistakes, another chance finding the style to trade profitable
... but reading some combine-reports here on futures.io (formerly BMT) sometimes it seems to me that the fees, the platform constraints and the given trading support(?) is not the ideal place to have for a good learning curve. Jumping from one contest to another or even one step higher ... isn't this hunting for the ideal thing and not happening to most doing this combine? Sorry, thats just my thinking, can be wrong ... somehow it reminds me of the movie The Island where they hope to finally get a ticket to the island, but the island is not existing, just the end for them.

My understanding (which could be wrong) is that one of the main objectives traders sign up for combines is to get funded. For some, the process sometimes turns into a journey of self discovery (or not) as a trader.

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I'm getting funded. This is the second time I passed a combine and first time I passed an LTP. Took me 15 months and countless combines.

Well done @EastCoastTrader

Hope you continue to improve and succeed.

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trying more and more combines gives more knowledge about the own trading style, learning from mistakes, another chance finding the style to trade profitable
... but reading some combine-reports here on futures.io (formerly BMT) sometimes it seems to me that the fees, the platform constraints and the given trading support(?) is not the ideal place to have for a good learning curve. Jumping from one contest to another or even one step higher ... isn't this hunting for the ideal thing and not happening to most doing this combine? Sorry, thats just my thinking, can be wrong ... somehow it reminds me of the movie The Island where they hope to finally get a ticket to the island, but the island is not existing, just the end for them.

I'm going through LTP right now.

I think if you do the combine you reinforce good trading habits. I honestly think this is more important than the actual funding. People focus on the fish instead of the process of learning how to fish.

Take the '$50,000 Combine' if you complete the objectives and can do so consistently then you are literally $5000 and the same discipline and consistency away from making $300 per day. To me that's way more valuable than any money they could fund me with.

Having some external validation is also valuable. I've been trading my personal account with much greater success and profitability since passing my combine.

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@RMorgan totally agree.

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I'm getting funded. This is the second time I passed a combine and first time I passed an LTP. Took me 15 months and countless combines.

Hi EastCoastTrader,

Congratulations on getting funded! Also, just as much, if not more, congratulations on your development. Hopefully, over the last 15 months you have learned a great deal about not only your trading, but yourself. We're proud to have you as one of our funded traders and even prouder to have helped you get there in a safe and rewarding way. Your journey has definitely been an admirable one.

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I'm going through LTP right now.

I think if you do the combine you reinforce good trading habits. I honestly think this is more important than the actual funding. People focus on the fish instead of the process of learning how to fish.

Take the '$50,000 Combine' if you complete the objectives and can do so consistently then you are literally $5000 and the same discipline and consistency away from making $300 per day. To me that's way more valuable than any money they could fund me with.

Having some external validation is also valuable. I've been trading my personal account with much greater success and profitability since passing my combine.

Congratulations on passing the Combine. You're absolutely right about discipline and process, those are two of the most important pieces to becoming a successful trader. Unfortunately, it's easy for traders to overlook the "grind", so to speak, and fall for the potential rewards. We see it happen all too often in our line of work, so props to you for staying focused on the task at hand and developing properly. Most don't. We look forward to your continued development in a funded account.

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Your username and pass is visible. Also don't hit the reset button!!!!

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Your username and pass is visible. Also don't hit the reset button!!!!

thanks, I won't^^
Will fix that later, although I believe there should be a new PW & acct-no for LTP.

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Hi all - I've just recently joined the "I have passed a combine" club. It was a 10 day 50k combine and it was my first attempt (just lucky?). Anyway I should have read more of the posts here on futures.io (formerly BMT) about the combines before I started. I was a little naive and thought that my results might be good enough to skip LTP - WRONG. I'm about to enter LTP if I accept the conditions to see if I can repeat what I've already done - with a reduced target and more time.

That's still not my biggest concern. If I manage to fulfill the LTP (get lucky again) and make it to funded trader then I'm into the funded trader program days 1 -10. I have 10 days in which they are prepared to put up risk capital, on magic day 11 it disappears as the account can't return below 0. It actually disappears before then as the trailing max stop loss kicks in if you are profitable. I'm also going to have to be the luckiest that I could possibly be because I will need to build enough risk capital to continue trading.

I really don't know how this all relates to trading a 50k account. But I'll probably have to continue this discussion in the other thread.

I too would really like to hear from funded traders that are still with TST and who are able to make a steady income



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Hi all - I've just recently joined the "I have passed a combine" club. It was a 10 day 50k combine and it was my first attempt (just lucky?). Anyway I should have read more of the posts here on futures.io (formerly BMT) about the combines before I started. I was a little naive and thought that my results might be good enough to skip LTP - WRONG. I'm about to enter LTP if I accept the conditions to see if I can repeat what I've already done - with a reduced target and more time.

That's still not my biggest concern. If I manage to fulfill the LTP (get lucky again) and make it to funded trader then I'm into the funded trader program days 1 -10. I have 10 days in which they are prepared to put up risk capital, on magic day 11 it disappears as the account can't return below 0. It actually disappears before then as the trailing max stop loss kicks in if you are profitable. I'm also going to have to be the luckiest that I could possibly be because I will need to build enough risk capital to continue trading.

I really don't know how this all relates to trading a 50k account. But I'll probably have to continue this discussion in the other thread.

I too would really like to hear from funded traders that are still with TST and who are able to make a steady income

Good work
LTP seems mandatory.

In one hand they make COMBINE easier to pass ( lowering objective, adding continues combines, 1 contract combine and so on .. )

but lately it seems everybody must take LTP.

Pay attention in LTP they add additional rule, weekly loss limit = daily loss limit.

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Good work
LTP seems mandatory.

In one hand they make COMBINE easier to pass ( lowering objective, adding continues combines, 1 contract combine and so on .. )

but lately it seems everybody must take LTP.

Pay attention in LTP they add additional rule, weekly loss limit = daily loss limit.

Looking at how my LTP thus far goes (as well as others in the past), I can absolutely understand them.

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Looking at how my LTP thus far goes (as well as others in the past), I can absolutely understand them.

But lets say you try 10 times and you pass Combine with Combine rules and then LTP with additional rule that
makes it totally different, then its bad. To me it ment I cant trade CL like in first Continues Combine that I passed in 28 days

It would be better if they make 2 changes in Combine :
- additional rule daily loss limit = weekly loss limit
- and profit goal 1,5 x

If we add together Combine + LTP rules then that is actually what we need to pass before we can go LIVE.

Example 50'000 $ Continues Combine with 3000 $ target is actually 4500 $ as target + rule daily loss limit = weekly loss limit.

I think this suggestion / question shoud be posted also to TST AMA thred

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Good work
LTP seems mandatory.

In one hand they make COMBINE easier to pass ( lowering objective, adding continues combines, 1 contract combine and so on .. )

but lately it seems everybody must take LTP.

Pay attention in LTP they add additional rule, weekly loss limit = daily loss limit.

Hi Lemons

Thanks for your comments.

Yep - will be carefully considering the rules and incorporating them into my trade plan.

Cheers

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But lets say you try 10 times and you pass Combine with Combine rules and then LTP with additional rule that
makes it totally different, then its bad. To me it ment I cant trade CL like in first Continues Combine that I passed in 28 days

It would be better if they make 2 changes in Combine :
- additional rule daily loss limit = weekly loss limit
- and profit goal 1,5 x

If we add together Combine + LTP rules then that is actually what we need to pass before we can go LIVE.

Example 50'000 $ Continues Combine with 3000 $ target is actually 4500 $ as target + rule daily loss limit = weekly loss limit.

I think this suggestion / question shoud be posted also to TST AMA thred

OK I did it


i do not understand when you say 1,5x
on lp is 1,5x?
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i do not understand when you say 1,5x
on lp is 1,5x?
thanks

50 k Comine Profite Target 3000$
If LTP needed then LTP Profit target is 1500$

Total Profit target is 4500$
4500/3000 = 1,5

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Passed 50k continuous combine yesterday. Waiting to hear back from them.

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No you didn't
Trade a minimum of 10 days.

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No you didn't
Trade a minimum of 10 days.

okay.. saw that when I start the combine, but somehow completely forgot about it. so I need another breakeven day

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