we all know the usual talk of
"80 / 90 / 99"
small traders / retail
fail at any attempt to trade actively and compete
against the "whales / CTAs / mutual funds / top tier prop firm
star traders ...
my premise is this
if you took the richest brightest gurus / star traders
away from their "contacts" / algo BOTS / HF trading / spoofing
nonsense / incentive fees / bonus pools / trading against customers (?)
and matched them up against their own kind but with only a small stake and told them
they could not contact "their contacts"
but only use their "knowledge base" as a human being
in which to make their trading decisions day in and day out
how many of those "names" would fail to make a living"
as opposed to their "legendary skills"
of course some would still be the best but ....
Life and trading aint "fair" and you're probably pissed off about the GS Bonus Pool.