Hi Pat. Yes I am not surprised with what you say. We all think standing back that eg £5k is plenty to test a live EA using 0.01 lots that has a degree of martingale in it. Before you know it, the EA goes against us and many positions are opened. EAs are v risky and from my experience, seldom work. Also general technical analysis based strategies on forex are very difficult. I just think overall, forex is the hardest instrument to successfully trade. I am sure there is some chap sitting in a room working out the best way to shaft as many traders as possible!