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Stock and Futures Prop Trading Firms Review and Funding Comparison

Find the best remote forex or futures prop trading firm for your needs

To prop or not to prop is the question – should you go for funding qualifiers, directly join one of the remote prop trading firms or skip the prop trading route altogether? It depends what you want to trade, so let’s compare the available remote proprietary trading firms side-by-side by product group such as futures, stocks, and forex:

NOTE: please double-check the individual prop trading firm review pages under the header menu above for current special promotions!

 

FUTURES

FIXED-CONTRACT futures prop trading firms

PLEASE SELECT ACCOUNT SIZE TO COMPARE
$50,000
$100,000
$150,000
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Activation fee and funded market data
  • All-in RT fees for ES | CL
  • Profitsplit
  • Special features
  • All account sizes
  • Minimum trading days
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Activation fee and funded market data
  • All-in RT fees for ES | CL
  • Profitsplit
  • Special features
  • Account sizes
  • Minimum trading days
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Activation fee and funded market data
  • All-in RT fees for ES | CL
  • Profitsplit
  • Special features
  • Account sizes
  • Minimum trading days
$16.70 $167 PER MONTH
  • 10 contracts
  • $3000
  • $2500 trailing real-time
  • -
  • $85/month or $140 one-time (+$20 for Tradovate) + $23 for EUREX
  • $3.00 | 3.34 (Tradovate)
  • 90% / 100% of first $25k
  • Tradovate option, 2 payouts per month
  • $25-300k
  • 7 days
$20.70 $207 PER MONTH
  • 14 contracts
  • $6000
  • $3000 trailing real-time
  • -
  • $85/month or $140 one-time (+$20 for Tradovate) + $23 for EUREX
  • $3.00 | 3.34 (Tradovate)
  • 90% / 100% of first $25k
  • Tradovate option, 2 payouts per month
  • $25-300k
  • 7 days
$29.70 $297 PER MONTH
  • 17 contracts
  • $9000
  • $5000 trailing real-time
  • -
  • $85/month or $140 one-time (+$20 for Tradovate) + $23 for EUREX
  • $3.00 | 3.34 (Tradovate)
  • 90% / 100% of first $25k
  • Tradovate option, 2 payouts per month
  • $25-300k
  • 7 days
$93 $155 PER MONTH
  • 5 contracts
  • $3000
  • $2000 EOD
  • -
  • $35 for all CME Group exchanges, €20 for EUREX
  • $3.80 | 4.26
  • 90% / 100% of first $30k
  • VolFix free during eval., EUREX contracts, SEPA payout
  • $30 | 50 | 100 | 150 | 300k
  • 3 days
$180 $300 PER MONTH
  • 10 contracts
  • $6000
  • $3000 EOD
  • -
  • $35 for all CME Group exchanges, €20 for EUREX
  • $3.80 | 4.26
  • 90% / 100% of first $30k
  • VolFix free during eval., EUREX contracts, SEPA payout
  • $30 | 50 | 100 | 150 | 300k
  • 3 days
$210 $350 PER MONTH
  • 15 contracts
  • $9000
  • $4500 EOD
  • -
  • $35 for all CME Group exchanges, €20 for EUREX
  • $3.80 | 4.26
  • 90% / 100% of first $30k
  • VolFix free during eval., EUREX contracts, SEPA payout
  • $30 | 50 | 100 | 150 | 300k
  • 3 days
116 $165 PER MONTH (Expert)
  • 5 contracts
  • $4000
  • $2000 EoD
  • -
  • -
  • $3.80 | 4.24
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • Tradovate, Quantower, Ninjatrader, Rithmic
  • $20-250K
  • 1 day
186 $265 PER MONTH (Expert)
  • 10 contracts
  • $8000
  • $3000 EoD
  • $2500
  • -
  • $3.80 | 4.24
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • Tradovate, Quantower, Ninjatrader, Rithmic
  • $20-250K
  • 1 day
263 $375 PER MONTH (Expert)
  • 15 contracts
  • $12000
  • $4500 EoD
  • $2500
  • -
  • $3.80 | 4.24
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • Tradovate, Quantower, Ninjatrader, Rithmic
  • $20-250K
  • 1 day
$49 $165 PER MONTH
  • 5 contracts
  • $3000
  • $2000 EOD in eval., real-time in live account
  • $1000
  • $149 one-time activation fee
  • $2.80 | 3.04 (commission-free, NFA+clearing only)
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • TopstepX with TradingView Charts + own CME data feed
  • 50 | 100 | 150k
  • 4 days
$99 $325 PER MONTH
  • 10 contracts
  • $6000
  • $3000 EOD in eval., real-time in live account
  • $2000
  • $149 one-time activation fee
  • $2.80 | 3.04 (commission-free, NFA+clearing only)
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • TopstepX with TradingView Charts + own CME data feed
  • 50 | 100 | 150k
  • 4 days
$149 $375 PER MONTH
  • 15 contracts
  • $9000
  • $4500 EOD in eval., real-time in live account
  • $3000
  • $149 one-time activation fee
  • $2.80 | 3.04 (commission-free, NFA+clearing only)
  • 90% / 100% of first $10k
  • TopstepX with TradingView Charts + own CME data feed
  • 50 | 100 | 150k
  • 4 days
$112 $160 PER MONTH
  • 8 contracts
  • $3000
  • $2000 EOD in eval. and live account
  • $1250
  • $149 one-time activation fee
  • $5 | 5
  • 100% in first 3 months | 90% thereafter
  • CQG Desktop or Rithmic-compatible
  • 25 | 50 | 100k
  • 1 day
$199.5 $285 PER MONTH
  • 14 contracts
  • $6000
  • $3500 EOD in eval. and live account
  • $2500
  • $249 one-time activation fee
  • $5 | 5
  • 100% in first 3 months | 90% thereafter
  • CQG Desktop or Rithmic-compatible
  • 25 | 50 | 100k
  • 1 day

Not available
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

 

Futures Prop Trading – Fixed-Contract vs. fixed-Margin

There’s no easy way to get into serious proprietary trading firms because “real” prop firms deal with market making and algorithmic trading and hire graduates from top universities instead of recruiting trading talent from the general public.

At the time of writing this post, the only firm catering to the public and offering real professional rates that CME member firms enjoy over the retail world is Apteros Trading.

The fact that leverage is already built into futures contracts makes the current retail pay-for-prop model kind of redundant in the futures space any way, except for beginners seeking a structured environment to break into this profession.

As long as you have to pre-pay for the opportunity to scale up your contract size and earn the promised account again in the funded account according to some scaling plan — which really means building equity before you get the promised buying power — you should take a close look at the permanent-sim prop trading offers often referred to as “Performance Accounts” which openly state that your trades are never cleared with an external counterparty and therefore are able to offer better conditions on paper.

For some traders in jurisdictions like Germany this is actually great news because they would otherwise be technically prohibited from participating in these prop trading schemes. However, the risk here is that regulatory agencies will eventually shut down these bucket shops like Apex Trader Funding or Leeloo Trading and you won’t be able to cope with real markets and liquidity constraints that sandbox trading cannot simulate.

VERDICT: prepare yourself in a simulated environment with proper guidance and a sound understanding of how markets and price formation actually work. Then you can opt to verify your sim results by taking a challenge at one of the remote prop trading firms before risking your own capital.

If you qualify, take the opportunity for what it is and eventually use your accumulated profits to go solo and keep 100% of your profits.

 

Nasdaq/NYSE STOCKS

 

US-STOCKS remote prop trading qualifiers

PLEASE SELECT BUYING POWER FOR APPLES-TO-APPLES COMPARISON
$20,000
$80,000
$160,000
$260,000
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Weekly loss limit
  • Minimum trades
  • Commission
  • Profit split
  • Trading platforms
  • Monthly platform fees
  • Data fees
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Weekly loss limit
  • Minimum trades
  • Commission
  • Profit split
  • Trading platforms
  • Monthly platform fees
  • Data fees
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Weekly loss limit
  • Minimum trades
  • Commission
  • Profit split
  • Trading platforms
  • Monthly platform fees
  • Data fees
OUR RATING
  • Max position
  • Profit target
  • Max. drawdown
  • Daily loss limit
  • Weekly loss limit
  • Minimum trades
  • Commission
  • Profitsplit
  • Trading platforms
  • Monthly platform fees
  • Data fees
$3,333 ACCOUNT EQUITY


Preferred broker partner
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • < 3% of account equity recommended
  • set your own
  • -
  • HAMMER | HAMMER Lite | Sterling Pro & LST
  • $29,95 | $0
  • Non-pro $9.40 for Nasdaq & NYSE Level 1
$13,333 ACCOUNT EQUITY


Preferred broker partner
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • <3-5% of BP recommended
  • set your own
  • -
  • HAMMER | HAMMER Lite | Sterling Pro & LST
  • $29,95 | $0
  • Non-pro $9.40 for Nasdaq & NYSE Level 1
26,666 ACCOUNT EQUITY


Preferred broker partner
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • $100
  • set your own
  • -
  • HAMMER | HAMMER Lite | Sterling Pro & LST
  • $29,95 | $0
  • Non-pro $9.40 for Nasdaq & NYSE Level 1
43,333 ACCOUNT EQUITY


Preferred broker partner
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • $500 | 1000 | 2000 | 3000
  • set your own
  • -
  • HAMMER | HAMMER Lite | Sterling Pro & LST
  • $29,95 | $0
  • Non-pro $9.40 for Nasdaq & NYSE Level 1
Straight-funding


$250 min. deposit to start trading
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • set your own
  • set your own
  • -
  • as low as $0.003/share +/- ECN fees
  • Alpha Trader Pro, RT Trader, Sterling Pro, Sterling Lightspeed
  • $0-175
  • Free Level 1 for RT Trader, pro and non-pro options for other platforms
Straight-funding
$2,666 Performance Bond


$250 min. deposit to start trading
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • set your own
  • set your own
  • -
  • as low as $0.003/share +/- ECN fees
  • Alpha Trader Pro, RT Trader, Sterling Pro, Sterling Lightspeed
  • $0-175
  • Free Level 1 for RT Trader, pro and non-pro options for other platforms
Straight-funding
5,333 Performance Bond


$250 min. deposit to start trading
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • set your own
  • set your own
  • -
  • as low as $0.003/share +/- ECN fees
  • Alpha Trader Pro, RT Trader, Sterling Pro, Sterling Lightspeed
  • $0-175
  • Free Level 1 for RT Trader, pro and non-pro options for other platforms
Straight-funding
8,666 Performance Bond


$250 min. deposit to start trading
  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • your own
  • 50% of initial deposit recommended
  • set your own
  • set your own
  • -
  • as low as $0.003/share +/- ECN fees
  • Alpha Trader Pro, RT Trader, Sterling Pro, Sterling Lightspeed
  • $0-175
  • Free Level 1 for RT Trader, pro and non-pro options for other platforms
$50 PER MONTH
for $50,000 BP


  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • $500
  • $500
  • $50
  • $200
  • 30/month
  • $0.002/share +/- ECN or $0.006/share incl. ECN
  • 50%
  • Alpha Trader, Sterling Trader Pro (avail. in funded acct.)
  • Alpha Trader free in eval. then $20, Sterling Trader Pro $165
  • Alpha Trader: free quotes, Sterling Trader Pro: professional quote fees apply
$50 PER MONTH
for $50,000 BP


  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • $500
  • $500
  • $50
  • $200
  • 30/month
  • $0.002/share +/- ECN or $0.006/share incl. ECN
  • 50%
  • Alpha Trader, Sterling Trader Pro (avail. in funded acct.)
  • Alpha Trader free in eval. then $20, Sterling Trader Pro $165
  • Alpha Trader: free quotes, Sterling Trader Pro: professional quote fees apply
$150 PER MONTH
for $150,000 BP


  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • $1500
  • $1500
  • $150
  • $600
  • 40/month
  • $0.002/share +/- ECN or $0.006/share incl. ECN
  • 60%
  • Alpha Trader, Sterling Trader Pro (avail. in funded acct.)
  • Alpha Trader free in eval. then $20, Sterling Trader Pro $165
  • Alpha Trader: free quotes, Sterling Trader Pro: professional quote fees apply
$300 PER MONTH
for $300,000 BP


  • < 25% of BP recommended
  • $3000
  • $3000
  • $300
  • $1200
  • 50/month
  • $0.002/share +/- ECN or $0.006/share incl. ECN
  • 60%
  • Alpha Trader, Sterling Trader Pro (avail. in funded acct.)
  • Alpha Trader free in eval. then $20, Sterling Trader Pro $165
  • Alpha Trader: free quotes, Sterling Trader Pro: professional quote fees apply
Trade The Pool
$97 ONE-TIME for 45 days


Prop Trading Qualifier
  • 30% of BP
  • $1,800
  • $900
  • $300
  • -
  • 30 in max. 45 days
  • $0.005 per share All-In ($0.75 minimum per trade)
  • 50%
  • Trader Evolution
  • $0
  • Free Nasdaq Level 1
Trade The Pool
$300 ONE-TIME for 45 days


Prop Trading Qualifier
  • 30% of BP
  • $4,200
  • $2,100
  • $700
  • -
  • 30 in max. 45 days
  • $0.005 per share All-In ($0.75 minimum per trade)
  • 60%
  • Trader Evolution
  • $0
  • Free Nasdaq Level 1
Trade The Pool
$475 ONE-TIME for 45 days


Prop Trading Qualifier
  • 30% of BP
  • $7,800
  • $3,900
  • $1,300
  • -
  • 30 in max. 45 days
  • $0.005 per share All-In ($0.75 minimum per trade)
  • 70%
  • Trader Evolution
  • $0
  • Free Nasdaq Level 1
Trade The Pool
$1240 ONE-TIME for 45 days


Prop Trading Qualifier
  • 30% of BP
  • $12,000
  • $6,000
  • $2,000
  • -
  • 30 in max. 45 days
  • $0.005 per share All-In ($0.75 minimum per trade)
  • 80%
  • Trader Evolution
  • $0
  • Free Nasdaq Level 1
$100 PER MONTH
for $30,000 BP


Instant or Evaluation funding for US stocks
  • 30% of BP
  • 6% | $1,800 (Stage I+II)
  • 4% | $1,200
  • 2% | $600
  • $600
  • 10 turnover days
  • $0.001 per share ($0.20 minimum per trade)
  • 60-80%
  • Lime Trader
  • $100
  • Free Level 1
$150 PER MONTH
for $50,000 BP


Instant or Evaluation funding for US stocks
  • 30% of BP
  • 6% | $3,000 (Stage I+II)
  • 4% | $2,000
  • 2% | $1,000
  • $1000
  • 10 turnover days
  • $0.001 per share ($0.20 minimum per trade)
  • 60-80%
  • Lime Trader
  • $150
  • Free Level 1
$300 PER MONTH
for $100,000 BP


Instant or Evaluation funding for US stocks
  • 30% of BP
  • 6% | $6,000 (Stage I+II)
  • 4% | $4,000
  • 2% | $2000
  • $2000
  • 10 turnover days
  • $0.0035 per share, no minimum
  • 60-80%
  • Lime Trader
  • -
  • Free Level 1
n/a


Instant or Evaluation funding for US stocks
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • 10 turnover days
  • -
  • 60-80%
  • Lime Trader
  • Free Level 1

 

How to get more leverage trading US stocks?

The situation is quite different for U.S. stocks, in that it is relatively easy for experienced traders living outside of the U.S. with a profitable track record to either join an offshore prop trading firm with a profit sharing agreement or a No-PDT-Rule broker offering leverage up to 30:1.

Offshore in this context literally means any broker or prop firm outside of the U.S. that doesn’t solicit or accept U.S. clients.  In contrast, traders domiciled in the U.S. are limited to 4:1 intraday leverage in retail accounts or need to pass the Series 57 exam before joining a prop trading firm.

If you have enough money and experience, Alaric Securities is the place to go for day trading stocks, if not give UTEX.io a shot to get your feet wet and practice with a small account. There’s also the opportunity to qualify for a trading account with buying power up to $100,000 or $260,000 respectively by passing the trader selection programs of Try2BFunded or the Trade The Pool.

VERDICT: U.S.-based traders have no other choice than joining a prop firm to get professional leverage. Non-U.S.-based traders on the other hand should think twice whether they should trade through a prop trading set-up. Factors to consider are the differences in the cost structure and taxation consequences when being classified as a professional trader and trading other people’s money as an independent contractor.

FOREX / CFDs

INSTANT-, EVALUATION- and SELF-funding FX prop trading career programs

PLEASE SELECT BUYING POWER TO COMPARE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH


Qualify for a prop account trading U.S. stocks
  • Live-account equity
  • Buying power in live account
  • Evaluation profit target Step 1|2
  • Max. loss Step 1|2
  • Max. days Step 1|2
  • Daily loss limit
  • RT Commission/lot
  • Profitsplit
  • Trading platforms
  • Effective capital
  • Special features


Qualify for a prop account trading U.S. stocks
  • Live-account equity
  • Buying power in live account
  • Evaluation profit target Step 1|2
  • Max. loss Step 1|2
  • Max. days Step 1|2
  • Daily loss limit
  • RT Commission/lot
  • Profitsplit
  • Trading platforms
  • Effective capital
  • Special features


Qualify for a prop account trading U.S. stocks
  • Live-account equity
  • Buying power in live account
  • Evaluation profit target Step 1|2
  • Max. loss Step 1|2
  • Max. days Step 1|2
  • Daily loss limit
  • RT Commission/lot
  • Profitsplit
  • Trading platforms
  • Effective capital
  • Special features
155 PER ATTEMPT


Get started with approaching trading as a business
  • $10,000
  • $1,000,000 (100:1)
  • 10% | 5%
  • 10% | 10%
  • 30 | 60 days
  • 5%
  • $3
  • MT4, MT5, cTrader
  • ($2,000 + 3,000) * 0.8 = $4,000
  • refundable fee, 25% scale up every 4 months + 90% payout
250 PER ATTEMPT


Get started with approaching trading as a business
  • $25,000
  • $2,500,000 (100:1)
  • 10% | 5%
  • 10% | 10%
  • 30 | 60 days
  • 5%
  • $3
  • MT4, MT5, cTrader
  • ($5,000 + 7,500) * 0.8 = $10,000
  • refundable fee, 25% scale up every 4 months + 90% payout
345 PER ATTEMPT


Get started with approaching trading as a business
  • $50,000
  • $5,000,000 (100:1)
  • 10% | 5%
  • 10% | 10%
  • 30 | 60 days
  • 5%
  • $3
  • MT4, MT5, cTrader
  • ($10,000 + 15,000) * 0.7 = $20,000
  • refundable fee, 25% scale up every 4 months + 90% payout
£299 ONE-TIME


Better algo order flow analysis = better trading results
  • Eval. $5,000 | Live $50,000
  • $500,000 (10:1)
  • 6% | 6%*
  • 4% | 4%
  • no max. days
  • -
  • $4
  • 75/25%
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, MT4
  • ($4,000+$1,000) * 0.65 = $3,250
  • 200% scale-up of BP for 10% profit
£399ONE-TIME


Better algo order flow analysis = better trading results
  • Eval. $10,000 | Live $100,000
  • $1,000,000 (10:1)
  • 6% | 6%*
  • 4% | 4%
  • no max. days
  • -
  • $4
  • 65/35%
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, MT4
  • ($8,000+$0) * 0.65 = $5,200
  • 200% scale-up of BP for 10% profit
£499 ONE-TIME


Better algo order flow analysis = better trading results
  • Eval. $1,500 | Live $150,000
  • $1,500,000 (10:1)
  • 6% | 6%*
  • 4% | 4%
  • no max. days
  • -
  • $4
  • 65/35%
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, MT4
  • ($12,000+$1,000) * 0.65 = $7,800
  • 200% scale-up of BP for 10% profit
Self-funded
$2KONE-TIME EQUITY DEPOSIT


Combine training with funding and save!

  • $2,000
  • $400,000 (200:1)
  • your own targets
  • your own rules
  • as long as you need
  • <5% of equity recommended
  • $7
  • it's all yours for compounded account growth
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, FIX API, Web, MT4
  • your own deposit (min. $200 AUD)
  • same level of transparency as institutional traders
$5KONE-TIME EQUITY DEPOSIT


Combine training with funding and save!

  • $5,000
  • $1,000,000 (200:1)
  • your own targets
  • your own rules
  • as long as you need
  • <5% of equity recommended
  • $7
  • it's all yours for compounded account growth
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, FIX API, Web, MT4
  • your own deposit (min. $200 AUD)
  • same level of transparency as institutional traders
$10KONE-TIME EQUITY DEPOSIT


Combine training with funding and save!

  • $10,000
  • $2,000,000 (200:1)
  • your own targets
  • your own rules
  • as long as you need
  • <5% of equity recommended
  • $7
  • it's all yours for compounded account growth
  • TradingView, TraderEvolution, FIX API, Web, MT4
  • your own deposit (min. $200 AUD)
  • same level of transparency as institutional traders

 

 

Forex Trading – Retail vs. Pay-for-Prop Model

In the evaluation space of forex remote prop trading firms, myForexFunds stands out among the crowd with the effective capital, i.e. how much of your own money you would need to replicate the same buying power and trading conditions in a retail account, they provide with their low-cost entry option.

However, among all forex funding offers out there, LUX Trading is the only forex prop firm that is capable and willing to show proof that funded traders actually trade with real money in real accounts. This is further evidenced by the choice of its broker (Global Prime) and the trading platforms that are available beyond the usual — and these days quite frankly sub-standard — Metatrader platforms.

The scale up ladder at LUX Trading offers a true career opportunity for both experienced traders and motivated newcomers with the incentive to reach the $2,500,000 maximum account size.

If you plan on aggressively scaling your trading from the very beginning, then considering the FX funding offers is your best bet.

However, the 75/25 profit split at LUX Trading falls short of the competition such as FTMO which offers up to 90%, but this seems to be the price if you want to trade in a real-time environment versus a trading sandbox.

Nevertheless, you should be aware of the alternatives before plunging into a trading challenge. The paradox in the remote prop trading world is that before taking a trading challenge you should already have a proven approach that is profitable in a (even if small) real-money account.

VERDICT: Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that more buying power will instantly make you a better trader. Make sure to prepare no matter which direction you decide to go.

Alternatively, you can also grow your personal account organically by choosing a broker that doesn’t trade against you and caters to professional traders if you already have sufficient starting capital available to you.

 

 

 

 

 

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