twalker said:The new guys who come here get taught a methodology and are slowly allowed to increase their risk as they get comfortable and start to develop their own style. It takes time and a lot of hours infront of a screen. Other than that it is really very mechanical. No big secret to it, just very different from trend following systems.
Take your point TW about a system being very much an individual thing.
The two great points that come out of your post are that in a prop environment, you only get more funds when they're comfortable that you're comfortable. Individual newbie traders do not have that external limit on theri excesses.
The other thing is the mechanical nature of your trading that you allude to. Get's rid of all the emotional decision making which tends to screw any system, no matter how simple or effective.