Bare with me if this thread is a little long. Where I'm coming from: I'm currently an institutional commodities trader for one of the energy marketing firms in Houston. I've survived four rounds of lay off's so far, but my firm, like most in the industry, faces significant financial risk in the coming year. Just in case something unfortunate happens, I'm researching other trading careers. I have no link with any of the prop firms. What I've noticed on this board so far: Ever since I found this site and started reading through the different threads, I constantly run across "new" members who do nothing but make shady allegations and outright bashing of different firms. In my industry, we don't give a shit what different traders think of each firm. It's pointless. The only thing that we care about is what our current employer is paying us and what is the bonus payout percentage. When I read this board, it sounds like a bunch of used car salesman telling me not go here or there because that other dealer will sell me a lemon or try to screw me by charging me to much. While there is a need to contact a firm for specifics on possibly complex issues, there are way to many answers stating to contact the firm or "pm me for details". Again, reminds me of car dealerships that won't quote you a price on the phone and then tell you to come down to the lot so they can do a high pressure sales pitch on you. Good firms, like good trades, sell themselves without needing to hide anything or do a sales pitch. What I'm suggesting: It would be nice if Elite added a small area with comparisons and descriptions for each of the props firm to fill in. Items such as the following: what amount at what volumes are commissions charged, does the trader have to put up any funds, does the firm share in any losses, what is the profit split for traders with new, medium or extensive experience, how much are overhead/desk fees, how much training is involved, how much does training cost, is training mandatory, what method of training is used, can you take positions overnight, what are position limits at different experience levels, are traders able to use their own trading methods, what fees might be reimbursed, minimum daily/monthly trading volumes required, how is the firm structured, etc. As I said, I don't have any experience with any of the prop firms, so I'm sure there are other questions that I don't even know to ask. As an example, it took me a few days to figure out, if I have figured it out, that bullets are some type of fee for short sales. A comparison format would be preferable for most information, but I'm sure that the prop firms would need an area for describing complex arrangements. It's amazing how much conflicting information that I read on this site, or how many times I've read that I shouldn't trust someone's post because its BS. This area should allow traders to review 99% of all information that they would need to make decision on which firm fits their particular situation the best. In my opinion, firms not willing to do this, not seeing it for a great promotional opportunity, fall into the shady "we've got something to hide" category. Just my 2 cents, but I think Elite and all of the prop firms would gain an extreme amount of admiration and thanks from all of us who read this site in search of information and experienced help.