It's common practice for these firms to tell you how they don't usually just let ANYONE join and that you just happen to meet the requirements. Just for common knowledge, any sucker with a check for 5,000 dollars will be accepted b/c the firm has no money at risk...... Worst comes to worst they only make money on your comissions If you make money they win and if you lose money they still win, just not as much. Oh yeah, and you win too if you make. No matter what they're making commission money on you and if you are making money, by trading your own capital/deposit, then they get a cut of that too. As for the ignorant response above me, just by trading at a firm you are paying for using their space. Win, lose or draw the firm makes commission charges off you. So you know, the rate I trade at for myself is more than most prop firms and that's 90 cents per thousand shares..... Any prop firm that has more than five trades pays anywhere between 50 cents per thousand to 1 dollar per thousand.... Not a cent more. Whatever your commission cost is per thousand subtract a dollar per thousand (just to high ball it) and that's what they make on you. So someone who trades 50k shares a day and is charged 6 bucks per thousand is in actuality paying the prop firm they trade with $5,000 a month in pure profit. TO CONCLUDE, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND TRADE ABOUT A MILLION SHARES A MONTH YOU WOULD BE CREATING $60,000 A YEAR FOR THE PROP FIRM WHILE TRADING WITH YOUR OWN MONEY (DON'T FALL FOR THE TRAINING BULLSHIT, ONCE YOU GO THRU THAT MONEY YOU'RE DONE) AND THE SCARY PART IS THAT'S BEFORE THEY TAKE A PIECE OF YOUR PROFIT. So to put it all together if you made $100k this year and traded around 50k per day with a firm letting you keep 80% of your profits and charging $6 per thousand the the prop firm would have made exactly as much as you....... You make 80k and the firm would make $20,000 from your profits and $60,000 on your comissions. So you both make 80k a year.