I need to provide track record (and demonstrate communication skills) for a prospective employer/friend; so besides my own trading account, I am starting this "demo" equity account with $27K initial capital. The purpose is to show consistent trading income for an account size most beginners start with. New traders often ask how much capital is needed or what is the expected percentage return from trading. The answer is we cannot measure daytrading account by percentage gains, rather by win-loss ratio and risk unit. $25K is minimum to open a daytrading margin account with most Direct Access Brokers. I show here a TradeStation equity account with $25K+$2K, with 4-to-1 margin power. If we take a series of losses or one single disaster trade (e.g. not honoring stop loss), then the daytrading buying power will be disabled when account falls below the minimum $25K. So a $27K beginner account will have $2K of loss limit before the account locks out and you have to top-up funds to trade again. The "washed out" experience is necessary to bring home trading discipline. I myself was washed out 5 times this way over 5 months before finally breaking even. Losing $2K a month "consistently" for 5 months and the hassle (and disappointment) of having to top-up funds, should encourage beginners to go back to their day job. Below is my trading setup: Monitor 1 layout Monitor 2 layout Here we go. Today's starting balance= $27,073.94 with no open positions.