Should a person wait to save the 25k to 30k required to daytrade or go through a prop firm. The only advantage I see with trading fully with your own capital is lower commissions. With 25k, and 4x leverage, there is only intraday 100k buying power, whereas a prop firm will give you 100k buying power with less of your own money at risk (example 20x leverage = only 5k needed). So I guess the question is, why risk so much of your own money if you have developed good trading systems, when you can have the same buying power at a prop firm with less risk of your own capital???? Is lower commissions and platform fees the only advantage to risking your own money????