I'd intended on participating in the CME Institute competition that is running from Dec8 to Dec13. I was familiarizing myself with their sim-account when I noticed that they are only offering Dec20 contracts and later on ES. Previous winners have done better than 100% on starting capital and I cannot place without MWF ES options. They are only quoting Dec20 vol so I won't be able to do better than say, 40-50% for the week, all-in. Therefore I plan on trading my IRA balance at TOS with the same method that I'd planned on utilizing in the CME challenge, but I will be risking actual funds. I will be trading SPY and SPX options in lieu of ES vol as the new commission structure makes ES stupid; other than the 1256 treatment. Obviously not an issue in my IRA. Here's my starting balance. https://www.elitetrader.com/et/thre...sunday-13th-friday.338273/page-4#post-4971782 $104,932.91 cash (no open pos) $444,826.70 gained in 2019 I will never utilize more than $100K (of the $105K). Also, I will be paying comms and hindered by Reg-T while the CME players will be trading sim, no comms, and benefitting from SPAN. I'll post my opening cash again on Sunday night as well as a closing screen grab on Dec 13th close. Please don't litter the thread with trades. I will respond to polite questions, but will not be posting actual trades. Just the open and closing screenshots and some color during the week. I plan on fully-committing the entire $100K as I would in the CME sim-challenge, but risking $100K cash, not sim-trading.