How Much Money Does a Trader Need To Start Trading?

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Old Jan 3, 2013, 8:52pm   #46
 
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i would say start cdf trading and with an amount of £100, see this as your learning fee.. you can trade as small as 0.01 contracts, but i would suggest trade indexes and 0.2-0.5 size contracts and don't expect to be driving a Ferrari after a week..

with cdf index trading you are 99.75% leveraged, so no need at all to have a big account size for new traders, the broker will more that likely try to get you to put your maximum in but £100 would be more than fine. individual stock research is to much hard work for new investors/traders, index trading is more easier, and you get a chunk of the whole market
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 1:26am   #47
 
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I think the best way to figure this out is to first learn how to trade after you picked what you would like to trade. Once you have developed a trading strategy, and tested it in a demo account, you will be able to reverse engineer the answer. You want to make sure that no individual trade or series of trades (your max estimated downdraw) would 'put you out of business'. Trading is of course just a numbers game.

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 6:13pm   #48
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5-10k in £ or $

no point starting on 100 - once its gone it will end up 100 then 500 and another etc etc
unless you v'e found the holy grail which is unlikley!

save up the rest and demo to you have it, as that's the real amount of time to learn anyway
3-5yrs

trading on scared money with small stops isn't going to work for long and maybe not even for a day, and besides we can trade with thousands on demo and never loose a penny

if you don't have a driving license - you should nt be driving anyway - same with trading, no training and a good system and it will end in a crash, so no point giving the market makers and such like out hard earned money

win 150K on demo (with proper Money management and stake sizes) and then you re about ready

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 1:19pm   #49
 
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You can xstart trading from even $100 by opening a Cent Account. In my opinion the question should be how much spare cash do you have, which you are ready to loose.

I have advised to use following formula when it comes to Money Management
x = y/10, where X is First Deposit in a trading Account and y is the Total amount available.

when your trading account is up by 25%, then deposit another x.

If you lost x, then start with x. this way you will have 10 chances before you will blow all your Forex Money.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 1:50pm   #50
 
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i am agree with others thread replying traders that a newbie must start frex trading with at least $100 on micro account and after making skill and learning he must start trade in real trading.this is good for a newbie because y doing so he can reduce loss in trading in the begining.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 3:32pm   #51
 
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i am agree with others thread replying traders that a newbie must start frex trading with at least $100 on micro account and after making skill and learning he must start trade in real trading.this is good for a newbie because y doing so he can reduce loss in trading in the begining.
Absolutely sure, that it should be around $100 on micro account. This is the amount that is not so painful to lose though profit won't be huge also. But the valuable real trading experience will be gained! Thanks god there is plenty of brokers offering micro accounts. LiteForex, **********, FXCM, Forex.com, etc.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 1:08pm   #52
 
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I am just starting and have £5k to invest I have already decided that i will use stop losses always. Have stops set to max 2% of my account as a drawdown. All I need to do now is learn to trade and get a system going that gives me 50% winners and a 2:1 points win/loss ratio and Im in business.
At least your post shows you are at least thinking along the right lines but it's not that easy or everyone would be rich. So try the beginner threads on this site, read the live trading thread(s) and be selective in whom you read here. Then demo for a while.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 11:26am   #53
 
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I keep a balance of approximately 10 times my margin deposit requirements, no point in having any more money than necessary sat around if your not using it. Suits my trading style fine, I day trade only, aiming for 3 to 5 trades a day, with only 1 trade open at any time, gives me sufficient funds to cover 10 losing trades in a row, my largest losing sequence being 3 in a row.

Each to their own.
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 9:36am   #54
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I don't think paper trading is good at all. I'm pretty sure anyone who has paper traded finds that they are quite successful in the fake world of trading but when it comes to putting their money on the line things don't seem to work out. Far better to open an account where you can trade for small amounts (not sure if some firms still offer 10p per point ) in order to experience some emotional attachment. If you're still in fear of trading at these starter rates then maybe you're in the wrong business.
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 10:29pm   #55
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Been trading on a demo account for only 2 weeks with very small amounts. Looking to start with real money, so just reading through this thread.. $1000 start would be the minimum? and 2-5% trades (20-50$)? Currently using Plus500 and no fees (or barely)
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Been trading on a demo account for only 2 weeks with very small amounts. Looking to start with real money, so just reading through this thread.. $1000 start would be the minimum? and 2-5% trades (20-50$)? Currently using Plus500 and no fees (or barely)
I'd say wait a bit longer on your demo, if you are still positive after another month or two then you might have something. Dont rushwith your real money, markets will always be there tomorrow. But 1000 is a good amount. Thats how I started...after I had a good strategy that is
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 11:49pm   #57
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I'd say wait a bit longer on your demo, if you are still positive after another month or two then you might have something. Dont rushwith your real money, markets will always be there tomorrow. But 1000 is a good amount. Thats how I started...after I had a good strategy that is
Yea malaguti.. i have every intention of staying with the demo for 2-3 months at least. Have made a few losses and gains (minor) and trying to act with the vitual money (25,000) as being only 1000 . Moreso trying to see which forex and shares im interested in working with, and what their pattern of highs and lows is doing over time. It can be volatile and guess work ive noticed but you have to follow and understand some patterns.
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Yea malaguti.. i have every intention of staying with the demo for 2-3 months at least. Have made a few losses and gains (minor) and trying to act with the vitual money (25,000) as being only 1000 . Moreso trying to see which forex and shares im interested in working with, and what their pattern of highs and lows is doing over time. It can be volatile and guess work ive noticed but you have to follow and understand some patterns.
I just hope you wont fall into the same pattern as most who think they can actually learn how to trade in a demo account. They do so good and when they go live they go bust as a demo account will not teach you how to trade.
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I just hope you wont fall into the same pattern as most who think they can actually learn how to trade in a demo account. They do so good and when they go live they go bust as a demo account will not teach you how to trade.
So a real account will?
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 3:22pm   #60
 
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So a real account will?
I think what he means is; your mental approach and emotions will behave differently when trading real money as opposed to pure demo trading.
Try small stakes and observe yourself; maybe a diary will help.
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