Account size to trade full time?

That depends on what you require for your monthly expenses and living.
Calculate backwards to your risk-reward appetite to come up with the amount of money you will need for the size of your trading account.
As an investment and a full time Forex Trader, you will of course need to have sufficient capital with...this is the most important part...a good, well regulated, and trusted Forex Broker.

For starters, do not go with ICMarkets a.k.a I-See-Bucketshop because, even though they are ASIC regulated to give you that sense of false security, is well known to manipulate their client's trading account and you will land up here (and other sites) filing a complaint on being scammed by a scam broker.
So regualtion does not guarantee protection of your money


Private, 1st Class
What account size do you consider appropriate to be a full time trader on?

Obviously personal factors influence the monthly income you would need, but beyond that what size cushion would you give yourself for the leaner periods in trading?
I started with $1,000 - and I'm by no means a full time trader but I'm doing ok month by month :)


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Private, 1st Class
I think you should go by 1% or less of your capital for a wage. So if trading with 10k that will be $100 a week. I’ve always gone off 1% take home even on loosing weeks as it evens out with the profitable weeks. Hope that helps.