If you want to be a full time trader, yes you do require a large amount of equity to be able to live off trader as a sole profession. However, there are firms out there (RT.FX included) that will fund traders up to $100,000 if they prove to be a consistently profitable trader. In real terms, you can trade off an account as little as $100. Here at RT.FX we always advocate starting with a demo account (which is fake money) before trading with real money, and this costs absolutely nothing to set up! Every month one member of RT.FX will win a FREE $50,000 account trial, come join our community for the chance to win a life changing trading account!