TopstepTrader now provides an additional option after completing the Trading Combine. This option is called the Pro Account. Either the Pro Account or Funded Account can be selected. Only one funded-level account can be active at one-time.
*Please note that the Pro Account is not currently available on the TradeStation platform.
The profits in your Pro Account are simulated. At any time you choose or until you reach up to $5,000 in simulated profits, TopstepTrader will start you in a Premium Funded Account™, a live trading account with a starting balance equal to the simulated profits in your Pro Account.
Once in a Premium Funded Account, you can withdraw that balance at any point, including immediately. If, however, a rule is broken in the Pro Account the account will be closed regardless of the account balance.
The Pro Account comes with a number of benefits. It provides the same opportunity to earn from your trading as the Funded Account®, but allows you to adapt to trading for real money in a familiar, simulated environment.
From our own personal experience and after funding more than 2,000 accounts, TopstepTrader understands how challenging trading can be — from the upfront costs to the added pressures of live capital management. We understand that there is a psychological jump from trading in the Trading Combine® to trading a live Funded Account. And we’ve seen how that can impact our funded traders. We constantly work to ensure that traders are set up with their best chance at success.
That includes easing the hurdle that many traders experience when trading live money. We decided to create and test the Pro Account to see if it helped traders be more successful.
No. Participation in the Pro Account is completely voluntary.
No. The Pro Account is an option for traders that may find it beneficial. After passing the TradingCombine Step 1 and Step 2, every trader has the ability to trade live capital in a Funded Account. However, in funding more than 2,000 accounts in our history, we have observed that there is a psychological barrier for many traders to place “live” trades. That sometimes results in traders struggling early in the account.
You know your trading better than we do. So if you would find it beneficial to trade in a familiar environment to the one where you passed the Trading Combine with lower costs, while still learning real money from your trades (via a starting balance when you reach the FundedAccount), then we would like to extend that offer.