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The question of an edge

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And, it should be noted that for many capital itself is an edge. Capital to deploy different types of strategies and even capital to trade in the first place. In fact, if we accept that capital is required to trade, we can logically see that no trader has ever made money exclusively from trading. A trader might say, for example, he doubled his 5k account. But where did the original 5k come from? Because capital is required to trade, we can see that at least a significant edge for all traders must have been acquiring some capital to start with. Basically, no one has ever made anything from trading ability alone: capital was required.

I don't think you can consider capital in itself an edge, however, how you acquired your capital may potentially give you a solid foundation to be a trader. If you had a successful business, career, etc. You may have acquired skills that may help you in trading. Any success requires a certain level of struggle, persistence, setbacks, problem-solving skills, etc. Those who bring it to the trading world could potentially handle setbacks better, and every trader will face setbacks.

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