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Topstep-
1. Once funded and profitable, for the various accounts...
what are your suggestions for how much of a balance to leave in?

For example...
If I'm trading the 50k acct...
keeping 10000?

as wouldn't going down to 0 in my profits equate to dismissal?

2. What is the most common way prop traders declare their business entity? What business entity is the most commonat TST? What are your suggestions?
I'd like to write off some trading education and news subscriptions

@KahunaDog thanks for your questions.

1. How much profit you leave in the account is going to vary depending on your strategy and risk tolerance. We have traders who always leave their entire balance in the account and others who take consistent withdrawals leaving only a small cushion. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least the equivalent of your Max Drawdown in profits. So in your example of the $50K account, that would mean leaving at least $2,000 in the Funded Account.

2. While we don't give any tax advice and always recommend consulting a tax professional, we most see LLC's used in the Funded Account.

Hope that helps!

If you have any questions about our Trading Combine or the opportunity to get funded through TopstepTrader, please visit www.topsteptrader.com or contact us at support@topsteptrader.com or 888.407.1611.
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Topstep,

Is the profits/account in a segregated account with a regulated clearing firm?

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Topstep,

Is the profits/account in a segregated account with a regulated clearing firm?


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Topstep,

Is the profits/account in a segregated account with a regulated clearing firm?


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@ Hoag

To help out, it's @Hoag.

Or, @TopstepTrader.

Bob.

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To help out, it's @Hoag.

Or, @TopstepTrader.

Bob.

Hoag left TST. I posted that in the other thread, on my phone so can't easily link

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To help out, it's @Hoag.

Or, @TopstepTrader.

Bob.


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Hoag left TST. I posted that in the other thread, on my phone so can't easily link

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Right. His email went out 9/29/16, when he said he would be transitioning out of TopstepTrader. I don't know what, if any, role he still plays there, although he said he would "continue working with TopstepTrader on special projects."

But he responded to a post in this thread on 10/11/16 up above, so I wanted to just give the poster the correct reference to his screen name, as well as Michael's ( @TopstepTrader ), just so someone at TST might get the notification and respond.

I'm sure that someone there will. It's a relevant question.

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Is the profits/account of the funded account in a segregated account with a regulated clearing firm? or is it a sub account under your firm account with the clearing co.?

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@TopstepTrader

Is the profits/account of the funded account in a segregated account with a regulated clearing firm? or is it a sub account under your firm account with the clearing co.?

I am not with TST, but my understanding is that the account is a sub-account of the prop firm's account.

It is, after all, not your account, it's the firm's account that you are trading. The funds you are trading are not yours, they are the firm's.

You are an independent contractor hired by them to trade the account under their supervision. The profits that are due to you are paid according to a contractual agreement you have with the firm. You have no ownership interest in the account at all. This is no different from the arrangement any trader hired by any trading firm would have.

Again, I cannot speak officially for TST, but this is what I have gathered from information on their website and discussions that they have had over a period of time to explain their business.

It is important to realize that this is not a retail account established in your name. It represents a certain allocation of the firm's capital that is made available for you to trade, with a profit-splitting arrangement between you and the firm.

If I got it wrong, or that matter, if I got it right, I hope that @TopstepTrader will chime in.

Bob.


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We just wanted to update the FIO community that we have launched an exciting new website and more importantly, back-end infrastructure this week.

What does this mean for you?
  • Easier front-end website navigation
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  • New comprehensive Trade Reports and tools
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In addition to these positive changes, many of our platform partners have updated their connection instructions to include a TopstepTrader specific option. This is most evident in the drop down box while selecting your data feed.

We appreciate everyone's patience as we migrate to this new system and are extremely excited for all of the new features and functionality this is going to give our users in the future! If you have any questions, please contact TopstepTrader Support at 888-407-1611 or support@topsteptrader.com.

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Any thoughts of future elimination of the 10 day period once a trader if funded? It really sets traders up to fail once they go live.

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