So I was seriously thinking of joining a prop firm such as Swift Trade upon graduation in 2 years or even this summer(mostly because I'm undercapitalized) but the more I think of it the more I think I'm going to waste my money there. I want eventually to trade for a living, of course I'm also trying to get an actual day job, but the final goal is to trade. Spending 6 months at Swift Trade for example is not a stupid error is it? I'm telling myself. I've heard some good and bad things about prop firms; what appeals to me the most is the supposed faster learning curve and the margins they give you. I should have about $5000 saved up to join them this summer or in 2 years. I'd be spending all my savings with them and once my $5000 run out I'd be kicked. Will spending all my savings on a prop firm be a good investment? They don't offer training, only really care about commissions and if you ever think of leaving the firm you have to pay back all losses. Their business model is almost "Have anyone and everyone give us $5000 and then we kick them out." Can I keep my money while also getting better at trading? Say by reading some more, studying the markets, papertrading and making a few trades? Or is a prop firm and some of the unique benefits they offer really worth it? Is there even a hope I become profitable in 4-6 months with them?