I have a startup prop firm and I'm forced to pay $120/month in data fees (pro fees) for a single exchange and for every single trader. Here are my fees: CBOT: $120 CME: $120 COMEX: $120 NYMEX: $120 EUREX: $120 ICE: $127 Even data for 3/6 is almost $400 per trader. So how do the "tryout" firms like TopStep get away with not paying these fees? They must have negotiated a special deal with the exchanges because I've been told that every single sub account I have is automatically a professional account since I have an LLC account. Multiple brokers have confirmed this. The the crazy thing is its not even per person but per username. So if you have 3 accounts at 3 brokers you pay the fee 3x.