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

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Hi Matt,

Is a webinar recording available anywhere? I checked on your youtube page but it isn't there.

Much appreciated.

Drop me a PM with your email and we send it to you. I will ask my team to post it as well.
Matt

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TopstepTrader provides the opportunity but cannot guarantee the outcome. On average, we fund 2-3 traders per week, but we don't give details of their earnings as that is private information.


"Opportunity" for what, exactly?

The "outcomes" are a secret.

Where are all the people who have earnings as traders? Why don't we ever hear anything from any of them? Why are there no AGGREGATE or ANONYMIZED statistics?

What exactly does "funded trader" mean?

"If we don't loosen up some money, this sucker is going down." -GW Bush, 2008
“Lack of proof that something is true does not prove that it is not true - when you want to believe.” -Humpty Dumpty, 2014
“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
Prof. Albert Bartlett

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You know...


those are all legit questions.

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As a satisfied customer of Optimus I was very glad to hear about the collaboration of Optimus with TopStepTrader but I would like to hear a little more details about how it works. What data feeds will be available ? Who will be in charge of tech support ? etc... ?

yonatan- Thank you for your continued support. We are very excited to be working more closely with Optimus Futures.

TopstepTrader will continue to offer the Trading Combine using many of the same platforms available at Optimus (NinjaTrader/Sierra/MultiCharts/R Trader/Market Delta) and Rithmic data for all Optimus customers interested in being evaluated for a funded trading account. Support will also continue to be handled independently, so anything relating to your Combine will be dealt with through TopstepTrader. Any support relating to your brokerage activities will be handled by Optimus Futures.

If you would like to talk in more detail about how this new relationship will benefit you and other traders, you can contact Conor at 312-212-0534 or conor@topsteptrader.com.

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Thanks Michael, I am very happy about this option to take combines with the support of both TopStepTrader and Optimus.

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yonatan- Thank you for your continued support. We are very excited to be working more closely with Optimus Futures.

TopstepTrader will continue to offer the Trading Combine using many of the same platforms available at Optimus (NinjaTrader/Sierra/MultiCharts/R Trader/Market Delta) and Rithmic data for all Optimus customers interested in being evaluated for a funded trading account. Support will also continue to be handled independently, so anything relating to your Combine will be dealt with through TopstepTrader. Any support relating to your brokerage activities will be handled by Optimus Futures.

If you would like to talk in more detail about how this new relationship will benefit you and other traders, you can contact Conor at 312-212-0534 or conor@topsteptrader.com.

Thanks,

mp

Hi Michael,

I unfortunately missed the webinar, so apologies if this has already been discussed (im hoping to find a recording of the webinar). Rithmic does not offer historical bid / ask volume, it only offers historical minute data. This affects those who use volume profile, footprints, and anything that relies on accurate historical bid/ask data.

This is why in a recent combine, I actually specifically requested to be put on the CTS data feed and not Rithmic even though I use Sierra.

Going forward is the only option going to be Rithmic? I truly hope not.

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"Opportunity" for what, exactly?

The "outcomes" are a secret.

Where are all the people who have earnings as traders? Why don't we ever hear anything from any of them? Why are there no AGGREGATE or ANONYMIZED statistics?

What exactly does "funded trader" mean?

Zondor- We provide an opportunity for any trader to prove to him/herself and to our equity partner that they can trade consistently and profitably in a simulated account with a little skin in the game and accountability, but never have funds at risk in the open market. The traders who prove this in the Trading Combine are invited to trade an account funded by our equity partner.

The traders we have funded are free to discuss their earnings with anyone they chose. When they achieve Senior trader they are asked if they would like to be interviewed. We have interviewed quite a few.

We feel it is not the place of TST or our equity partner to disclose any trader's income. It has been our experience that doing so, even in an anonymous way can have the tendency to alter a traders mindset, set the bar to a level greater than what that trader typically can do or affect their decision making process, something we are careful not to do.

Lastly, I can leave you with basic stats. The industry success rate for retail traders is 5-10%, our success rate averages around 18% (success= covering your cost or better). This is almost twice as good as the industry standard. We like the position we put our traders in as well as the success we are are achieving. To conclude 100% of traders never lose their own money in the market if they are exclusively trading at TopstepTrader.

mp

If you have any questions about our products or services at TopstepTrader, please send me a Private Message or use the BMT "Ask Me Anything" thread.
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those are all legit questions.

not so much.

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@TopstepTrader Any update on using Fdax in a combine?

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@TopstepTrader Any update on using Fdax in a combine?

ratfink- I wish I had an update but I do not at this time. We have some major updates to the site happening later this week or early next week, but no updates on new products.

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