After doing a fair amount of research throughout this forum I have come to the conclusion that most prop firms are trying to walk the line between a business partner and a service provider except by trying to do both they appear to miss on both accounts: Business Partner If this was a true partnership then there would be a sharing of both risk (loss) and reward. The only way to ensure long term success of BOTH parties is for both firms to have skin in the game. Having an individual absorb all of the loss while splitting any gains is not a balanced relationship. Risk return profiles are skewed for sure Service Provider If you opened a small business and the bank was your capital provider would they ask for a cut of your profits? No, instead they would charge you interest for using your credit facilities (BP) and a fee for transactions on the account (commissions) I understand that this is a business and prop firms need to make a profit but it appears all of the opportunity's fail to create a balanced risk/reward profile for both parties. As a result why not just self fund using a low cost platform with good execution? Perhaps I have misunderstood. I welcome your thoughts and comments.