I'm afraid you've seriously misunderstood it, if you think it's based on "losing traders".
TST successfully funded 370 traders last year. That's what they're in business to do - and in huge contrast to MES, their funded traders earn and get paid 80% of their trading profits (apart from the first $5,000, of which they earn 100%).
This is from indeed.com a job posting website. They have had 30,000 users who tried combine. and 370 funded traders . so the failure rate is 99%
“TopstepTrader is a young, innovative early-stage B2C company that provides people from around the world the opportunity to earn trading capital. We offer our users an evaluation of their trading performance in a real-time, simulated account. With over 30,000 users derived from organic growth, we aren’t slowing down anytime soon” Business Development Associate job - TopstepTrader - Chicago, IL | Indeed.com
This is simply untrue. Sorry, but it's just plain wrong.
The Combine success-rates were independently audited and they were about 20%.
I suspect that you (or maybe the person you're quoting) has confused "registered users of TST's website" with "people taking Combines". Of course, those are actually hugely different figures. But whatever the explanation, if you seriously imagine that their business model is designed for people to fail, then you clearly have your underlying facts grossly wrong, somewhere.
...completely irrelevant. As the above poster said, the 6 months survival rate or how many made at least 10K rate are way more important and telling. But you won't see those numbers for a very good reason...
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How is your trading the trial going? Waiting to hear your positive results to see if you are getting funded at the end. I applied with a statement but was possibly turned down as I haven't got a reply for almost a week now.