How to Set Up a Prop Firm

August 18, 2022
by Silviya Velcheva,

What is a Proprietary Trading Firm?

Proprietary trading firms (prop firms) allow individuals to trade a firm’s capital with specific targets in mind, such as achieving a particular percentage return over a pre-specified period, typically set on a month-to-month basis. For more details, you can visit our article about what is prop trading.

In recent years, proprietary trading firms have become a very popular way for people to get access to financial markets via funded accounts. With a usually low outlay of capital to purchase a prop trading evaluation account, the ease of accessibility has allowed novice and experts alike to test their abilities through prop firm challenges.


PROP FIRM – The Present Opportunity

Entrepreneurs in the financial industry have located an opportunity to leverage the interest of people wanting to get funded for trading. The appeal to traders is multifaceted. First, it allows for access to a greater amount of capital than the trader might personally have. Second, it can be tied into an educational journey for traders. And it can provide a challenge for more experienced traders, as such, gamifying trading. 

Generally, a prop firm has the goal of finding skilled traders within the retail trading industry and allowing them the opportunity to generate a positive return for the firm. 

An advantage of this business model is that everyone can be a winner. That is, the firm finding the skilled traders can generate revenue by sharing in the profitability of funded accounts (where the firm will split profits with the trader), and the trader receives a percentage of the profits obtained over a monthly period. The last will often increase to a favorable split as the funded account consistently achieves pre-set return objectives.



COMPLIANCE: It’s your responsibility to understand the regulations of your jurisdiction and whether local laws allow for you to set up a prop trading company. Some jurisdictions, for instance, don’t allow for CFD trading, as such. If you’re unsure, please contact Eightcap.

BROKER: It is very important to select a reliable, internationally regulated and professional broker that can look after your business interests. Eightcap provides all our partners with industry-leading execution, spreads, commissions and operational support. Don’t hesitate to contact us, this is our speciality!

TECH BACK-END: This is the foundation of a successful proprietary trading firm, it consists of a front-end E-commerce solution and payments portal as well as a back-end linked with a broker to facilitate account creation, risk management and the overall trading environment where challenges are taking place. 

  • Your Own Tech: You can put a development team together to do everything from scratch and build your own systems. Then, you will only require a brokerage solution for trading services, liquidity, execution and margin accounts.
  • Off-The-Shelf Tech: You can rely on existing technology providers to set everything up with the parameters you want. This provides you with a higher degree of control, but also requires capital outlay for purchasing the technology. 
  • White Label Tech: You rely on the risk parameters of the Tech Provider and focus primarily on getting leads through the prop firm pipeline, the rest is looked after by the Tech Provider.

RISK MANAGEMENT: There are several solutions available to support a critical area of running a successful prop firm: risk management. Generally, we see high-performing prop firms utilizing third-party risk management solutions that provide guidance and optimization of your business. 

While running a successful prop firm can be lucrative, it is critical that prop firms are well capitalized and understand principles of risk management thoroughly. Please get in touch Eightcap Partners to discuss some of the available options in greater detail. 


In summary

In order start a proprietary trading firm you will need to take into consideration the following factors: 

  • Compliance: company registration, regulatory environment; 
  • Broker: Eightcap is a regulated derivatives brokerage offering 1000+ tradable instruments via MT4/5 and TradingView;
  • Technology: A tailored front and back-end solution including initial evaluation account purchases, through to automated risk management and rule implementation. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact us, so we can provide a detailed overview of our offering and ongoing consultation to expedite commencing a Proprietary Trading firm in partnership with Eightcap.



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