So as to not derail the thread ( https://www.elitetrader.com/et/thre...egy-trading-journal-that-shows-profit.337303/ ) where this topic came up? I thought I would start a new thread here. When it comes to the topic of Professional Trading? Inevitably, the topic comes up ... How much capital do you need? To live on, and still trade? A few key posts from folks in that thread ... to this particular topic ... In the whitepaper in that thread, it states: "Earning an income from trading a smaller retail account, will require a much different approach than say, growing an account with a single intra-day trading process. Of course, that would require that new retail traders understand that mathematically, they will never, ever be able to pull in a living-income from a small $25,000 trading account. We have found that many refuse to accept this truth. And it is truth. It is not opinion. It is mathematical fact, that has been proven time and time again that you cannot pull a living-income in from a such a small retail trading account." To that statement? The following replies are key ... As well as ... As I stated in the other thread? I think this is a fantastic topic. And excellent points made by both of the posters above. I'm really glad they said the above, because it's critical for aspiring traders who wish to trade from home as their sole income (Professional?) to understand. So again, so as to not derail the topic in that thread too much? Let's discuss it here. So here's the points that I would offer for consideration. 1) Discipline and a great strategy do not matter. $25,000 is too low, for the best traders on this Planet ... because 2) Of Drawdown. Even on the best, of best strategies. When Drawdown enters the picture? Which every strategy on this Planet experiences ... it quadruples the problem. So you can have a fantastic strategy. A BEAST of a strategy, that beats most traders on this Planet. But each strategy has a Drawdown Metric. Every. Single. One. And if you have to take a living from a strategy? A "Draw"? Then, when you experience inevitable drawdown? Or even a flat month, or two flat months in a row? You are automatically exercerbating your problems of taking a draw. That's before we even get to Taxes, Slippage, and Commissions.