I'm new to ET, and new to [the actual act of triggering a] trade. I have studied a lot (BBA in finance) and countless papers later . . . I graduated a year ago, I am currently employed outside the financial industry, but am looking to turn pro in another year or so. I had [shame!] bad grades, so firms that look at grades are out. Equity or futures are both interesting -- deciding (winning) factors would include the robustness of the API and the TOTAL portfolio movement (leverage * avg % movement of the instrument traded). My question: Which prop firm should I choose? What I want: a) I want to trade a high frequency black box strategy utilizing real, high-end math -- NO crappy-works-20%-of-the-time technical analysis please. b) I want a robust API with documentation -- Java, Python, Perl accepted. I would really like to avoid C++ if I can. I am trying to build an end-to-end system -- integrating R for stats with Java or Python "bridges" so I can program seamlessly. c) I want a 100% payout, with a reasonable upfront payment (5-10k) d) leverage 50-100x -- OR good portfolio movement (as defined above) e) I want the FREEDOM to trade how I want f) I don't want to have to pass ten thousand tests before I'm admitted to the firm. So far, I have come up with one firm -- Prestige Capital (http://www.prestigecap.com/) Are there any others that I should be looking at?