Quote from atticus:
I know traders who have turned $5k into $200k, but invariably give-up a 40-50% drawdown. With shares it's extremely difficult under regT and this volatility. FX at 50x is more reasonable, but most of those guys are degens and must blow-out to satisfy their aberrant psych.
FX traded as an equity proxy on a swing-basis is probably one's greatest opportunity, outside of American exotics and/or listed option spreads/combos.
I am not sure I understand the "private banking" question other than to say that he waited to hit $10MM before establishing a PB relationship. UBS took his account from the $2MM level. He was trading FX exotics at that time and it was his toughest period (his words). Too big to trade retail and too small to trade OTC equity exotics (at $2MM)
Look, i see it this way......
First, with just retail trading, outside the US. I can trade all markets with leverage, FX + Futures - normal & Stocks as CFDs.
As well i can trade Stocks as Futures, like on the EUREX. So leverage is everywhere.
Imagin i start business with 10 retail brokerage companies, for example like FXCM or MB Trading. There are more than 10 good ones out there......
So i make $3M with everyone, starting with 10k - 50k each account. 3M is not the world and they allow you to do this, as long they have a minimum total company capital of around 100M$ - like FXCM........
So, then what you have is 10 x 3M = 30M$, alone from Retail Brokerage Firms.
Second, "private banking" i mean the service from big banks for high net worth individuals, what begins with 5M$ personal funds.
Thats the minimum to get in touch with that kind of special service.
Then you are trading the real FX market, its lika institutional access, but for private persons. of course for all markets, the best access and service. Just like if you would be a own company, but on the private way.
So, here one Bank is enough. And there is probably no Limit in making money here.
At $50M you are counting as Ultra High Net Worth Individual.
I dont know if Richard Dennis, had a own firm, or if he did it with private banking trading - but this is the way to do it, if you will make more than 5M$..............at this level you are just too big for retail companies, and your money isnt safe their neither.....
What do you think ?