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How much can you make in 5 years?

FX_IDC:CHFJPY   Swiss Franc / Japanese Yen
Money makes money. It's an age-old saying, probably because it's generally true.

But starting out as a retail trader can be daunting and at times, frustrating. It takes time to build up a sizable account big enough to allow us to take the leap from trading part time, to full time trading.

Something that has kept me motivated over the years is an excel spreadsheet a friend of mine made. It demonstrates how consistent monthly returns can lead from a small and humble account balance, to a huge one. Thanks to the compounding effect.

Assuming you don't make any withdrawals, let's see where consistent, conservative trading over 5 years could get you.

SCENARIO 1: SHRIMP

Starting balance: $1,000

You've traded demo for a while, you've developed a winning formula, and you're ready to put your money where your mouth is.

Monthly contributions: $100

A hundred bucks is all you can afford at the moment, after bills and overheads

Monthly returns: 8%

By being selective in your trades and risking between 1-2% per trade, your conservative approach has allowed you to be consistent so far

Year 1:


Month 3: $1,484.35
Month 6: $2,220.47
Month 9: $3,147.76
Month 12: $4,315.88

Year 2:

Month 15: $5,787.38
Month 18: $7,641.04
Month 21: $9,976.13
Month 24: $12,917.66

Year 3:

Month 27: $16,623.14
Month 30: $21,290.98
Month 33: $27,171.11
Month 36: $34,578.39

Year 4:

Month 39: $43,909.42
Month 42: $55,663.83
Month 45: $70,471.01
Month 48: $89,123.79

Year 5:

Month 51: $112,620.92
Month 54: $142,220.53
Month 57: $179,507.52
Month 60: $226,478.39

Behold! The humble $1000 has been transformed into more than 200k. That's just 4 winning trades a month at 2% per trade.

SCENARIO 2: FISH

Starting balance: $10,000

So you've got a good chunk of savings lying around and you're ready to get serious with your trading.

Monthly contributions: $0

You've stumped up all of your available spare resources into your trading account and you want to enjoy spending any surplus money from your other income streams. Fair enough.

Monthly returns: 8%

By being selective in your trades and risking between 1-2% per trade, your conservative approach has allowed you to be consistent so far

Year 1:


Month 3:$12,597.12
Month 6: $15,868.74
Month 9: $19,990.05
Month 12: $25,181.70

Year 2:

Month 15: $31,721.69
Month 18: $39,960.19
Month 21: $50,338.34
Month 24: $63,411.81

Year 3:

Month 27: $79,880.61
Month 30: $100,626.57
Month 33: $126,760.50
Month 36: $159,681.72

Year 4:

Month 39: $201,152.98
Month 42: $253,394.82
Month 45: $319,204.49
Month 48: $402,105.73

Year 5:

Month 51: $506,537.42
Month 54: $638,091.26
Month 57: $803,811.22
Month 60: $1,012,570.64

Now it's unlikely that in this situation, you'll be trading pip sizes more than what would bank you 100k in 3 months, but the point is that you can trade conservatively and get to a point where you're earning enough to live like a king in just a few years.

Happy trading everyone!

Hope this has helped to motivate you and think about trading more conservatively to preserve your capital and think about your long term future.

AvidTrader

P.S. If anyone would like the real spreadsheet, PM me.
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As they say, slow and steady wins the race. As legendary traders would say. "trading is not a sprint, its a marathon". Good luck to you all!
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@zealfkr, Well said!
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