What is the optimum business plan for a great trader/investor? How does an individual best leverage his ability to make long term calls in the market? I can open an etrade account and invest with 2-1 leverage. Not much leverage and bound by my own capital limitations. What if I only have X amount I want to risk. Severe limitations there. I can find a prop firm to give me 10-1 leverage. But then if i have a 10% drawdown on 10-1 leverage i would be out of business and they would want more money. Once again bound by my own capital limitiations. And overnight strategies will have greater than 10% drawdowns. So basically what i'm looking for is a firm to back my trading completely. I need my buying power to not be dictated by my personal wealth. But rather by my skill to be a profitable trader/investor. Does such a thing even exist? If I see ANF at $9 like it was 5 years ago I want to be able to buy every share i can. If its a good trade, i don't want to have any limits on how much of it I can buy. If I see HD at $22, i want to buy 5 million shares like bill gates did. What do i need to do to be able to do this? Are there any firms that allow proven traders to trade like this? Or is the only way to do this to have your own hedge fund and raise capital from investors?