Nobody really gave you a real answer so here you go... They are referring to pre-margin deposit. It sounds like you are going to do the retail option giving you $120k to trade with (30k*4). This is enough to test the waters and find your niche, but not enough to make a living in most cases. If you really want to trade full time and make a career of this you will need to go prop to get anywhere from 10:1 to 100:1 or more. Leverage is underrated...it's only a poison if abused.