Looking for input on the best way to establish a CTA track record. My goal is to eventually become a CTA or at least manage up to 15 accounts under the friends and family setup at IB. I have already set up an LLC and a friends and family Advisor account at IB. Now I need to start establishing my track record, these are my thoughts: Start trading an account under my LLC with $30,000 to $50,000 starting capital. Each quarter withdraw fees the same as I would for any customers account, as a percentage of profits made in that quarter. I do not plan on charging a management fee to clients, but will charge a 30% of profits as a performance fee so I will do the same with this account. Iâll keep this account going for years to come, never depositing any more money to it and only withdrawing the performance fee on a quarterly basis. This account will become an exact measure of how a customers account will perform with me. Is this the common way to establish a track record? When CTAâs, Mutual funds, Hedge funds etc. advertise their annual returns, is it the return that the fund makes in total or the return that the customer receives, as in after fees? Do I need to have this account monitored and verified by a CPA to make it valid? If so, how often, monthly, quarterly, yearly? Can I go to any local CPA and have them do it or is it better to use a CPA that specializes in this? Is $30,000 a large enough account to validate or should I go with $50,000, and will that be enough?