How Much Should A Trader Make?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by overload, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. As a trader, per year, what is your goal to make (percentage-wise)?





    More than 100%?

    How much should a trader expect to earn a year %-wise?

  2. i just made over 9% in 3 days.

    now i know 3 days doesn't necessarily mean much, but at year end i may reveal my year result and shock ET.
  3. Hi Overload,

    This questions has been asked and answered many other times...

    in many different ways.

    Best to use ET search menu in the upper right corner to read prior conversations about this...

    For example...

  4. Is this like the old woodchuck tongue twister??

    How much loot can a trader make trading? He'd make all the loot that a trader would make trading, if a trader could trade like a trader who knew how to trade. :)
  5. All the money in the world ...
  6. cdbern


    Or, like asking how big is a rock
  7. nkhoi

    nkhoi Moderator

    depending on where it lands?
  8. It depends how greedy you are? more greed, more risk, more

    You living style and where you live also plays a major rule here
  9. Generally, think if you can make return of 1% average per day,
    you end up with around 250% per year (not compounded)
    which is a maximum i expect in future
  10. I would say that if you are consistently making 35% a year on unmargined capital, you are a great trader... consistently inflated triple figure % returns are simply not feasible, in my view... that it not to say that the occasional home run year is not possible, cos I have myself done 200%+ in a few years... but we are talking the long-run average here...

    Assuming that most traders are using around 2:1 margin, I would say a 70% return on capital per year (consistently), assuming such margin, is fantastic...

    e.g. Starting balance $50k, trading on 2:1 margin, getting 35% on your own capital and 70% on margin... and also reinvesting (a simplistic assumption, I know)...

    At end of 10 years $50,000*(1.7^10) = $10 million...
    #10     Jan 24, 2004