Okay, so I currently am working about 70 hours a week, so I haven't yet gotten the opportunity to really dive into the forex market just yet. However, upon learning about the level of leverage you can get when trading currencies, I feel I should dedicate the next ten years of my life trying to master the markets. Anyway, my question is as follows. Assume were talking about the top 5% of forex traders. If they started at their current level of expertise with $5000 in a brokerage or ecn account, leveraged 100:1 on every position, and then came out ahead of the spread by 800 pips at the end of the month. Wouldn't that account hold a minimum of 45K at the months end? I realize that most traders lose money, but it seems to me that those who are successful multiply their capital extremely fast. I was hoping to hear some real world stories from people who after becoming wise to the market have managed to amass capital like this. Other than the obvious challenge of becoming one of the top 5%, is there anything I'm discounting here?