David Dombrowsky

Can You Day Trade For a Living With $1,000?

Published on
April 13, 2023

Stocks or Forex

Beginning traders often ask, “Can I day trade for a living starting with just $1,000?” Well, $1,000 is not enough buying power to day trade in stocks, but in forex it’s enough to start because many forex brokers have a minimum opening balance requirement of only $100. 


Another major advantage of day trading forex over stocks is the leverage that forex brokers offer. Forex brokers offer more leverage than stock brokers because the forex market is significantly more liquid than the stock market. Leverage is essentially when the broker gives the trader more purchasing power in the form of a loan. 

For example, with $1,000 of capital and 30:1 leverage a trader can purchase 30 times his capital, or in this case a maximum of $30,000. 

This advantage allows his gains to be 30 times as big, but it also means that his losses could be 30 times greater. Needless to say, leverage can be a lucrative, yet dangerous trading tool. The risks of using leverage are beyond the scope of this article and a trader should fully understand these risks before engaging in it. 

“Leverage has the potential to turn a reasonably good investment into disastrous gambling.”

Naved Abdali

How much can you make with $1000?

In this article we will demonstrate two ways to build a $1,000 account:

  1. Day trading with your own money
  2. Day trading with a proprietary trading firm

1. Day trading with your own money

Let’s make up an example for illustrative purposes. Trader A has been trading on a demo account for the past 12 months. Over nearly 1000 trades, Trader A averages about 1 and a half trades per day with a 52% winning percentage. Trader A risks 1% of his capital on every trade. His average reward to risk ratio is 2:1, which means for every two dollars he wins, he loses a dollar. Trader A is excited about his prospects for day trading and he opens up a $1,000 account with a broker. 

Trader A quick stats recap:

Trades per month: 33 (1.5 per day with 22 trading days)

Winning Percentage: 52% 

Risk per Trade: 1%

Reward-Risk Ratio: 2:1 

Based on the above stats, Trader A’s expectancy formula in month 1 is as follows: 

$20 per win x [33 trades x 52%] - $10 per loss x [33 trades x 48%] 

= $343.20 - $158.4 

= $184.80

That is an amazing 18% return on investment in only one month, yet Trader A only made $184.80. Let’s take a look and see how Trader A’s equity will grow if he consistently makes that 18.4% per month and doesn’t withdraw any money from his account (assuming it compounds at the end of the month only). 

According to the table above, Trader A compounded his account month over month and in month 21 made $5,393 of profit. The average US household expenses in 2020 was $5,011. So if Trader A was that good of a trader (18.4% per month = 220% ROI per year) and was disciplined enough to wait 21 months before withdrawing a penny, he could withdraw his profit in month 21 to pay his bills. 

Day trading with a proprietary trading firm like FX2 Funding 

Let’s imagine that Trader B has the same stats and the same success in 12 months trading with a demo account. Instead of opening up a $1,000 account with a broker, Trader B uses the $1,000 to purchase a $100,000 evaluation with FX2 funding. After two weeks Trader B made 10% profit and passed the evaluation. Now Trader B is funded with a real live $100,000 account. After only one month, Trader B made a whopping $18,400 in profit. Obviously that’s enough to live on already, but just for fun let’s imagine two different scenarios. 

  1. Trader B decides for some reason not to withdraw for 21 months just like trader A. 
  2. Trader B decides that $10,000 is more than enough for him to live on. Therefore,  he only withdraws $10,000 and he leaves the rest of the money in the account to grow.

See the below table where Trader B does not withdraw any profit for the first 21 months and makes more than $286,000 in month 21, trading a $1,800,000 account.

See the below table where Trader B withdrew $10,000 per month from month 1 for the first 21 months (a total of $210,000) and still makes more than $113,000 in month 21, trading a $723,000 account.

As we clearly see, Trader B whose percentage gains are exactly equal to Trader A is so much better off than Trader A. These are the extraordinary benefits of trading in a funded account with a proprietary trading firm like FX2 Funding.

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