So I got some encouragement from the site about becoming a prop trader. However, it seems that I was a bit naive about what this means. Apparently all of these firms want you to put up $5000. Assuming that this isn't a scam of some kind and assuming that they really are trying to help you become a successful trader then perhaps this might not be terrible?? The few people I have talked to have indicated that if you loose the $5k that they will let you trade the firms capital.....however since you are paying commissions to the firm it would seem that they have a great business even if everybody looses there money fast. I know that it is possible to get a position just trading a firms capital but I imagine that these are probably infinitely harder to get? Does anybody really start out at firms like this and make it big??? For me $5k is definitely a significant amount of money so I am somewhat wary. Also the fact that everyone seems eager to talk to me is nice but it seems a bit suspicious........ What do you think?