How Much Money Do You Need to Start Day Trading?

How much money do you need to start day trading? This comes hand in hand with how much you risk per trade. You should have enough to cover several losses in a row. Meaning, if you risk 50 dollars per trade, you should have around 500 to 1000 dollars to cover even the longer losing streaks.

Some brokers have minimum deposits or amounts needed before you can start trading, so that can affect you as well.

Can you start day trading with 100 dollars?

Yes, you can start day trading with 100 dollars. If you use the right instruments to trade, with CFDs, for example, you can get started with smaller amounts of money. If you plan on getting started with just 100 dollars, you really should have your stop losses tight. Don’t risk too much on one trade or that 100 dollars won’t get you really far.

Stating with just 100 dollars can be a good option at first. When you have tested the waters with paper trading, moving to real money trading with smaller risks can be a good option.

When having just 100 dollars on the line, your world probably won’t collapse even if things don’t go as planned. There is a big psychological difference when moving from paper trading to trading with real money, even if you are just risking a few dollars per trade.

Take trading seriously even with smaller amounts of money

Even if 100 dollars is just a pocket chance for you, you shouldn’t treat it like that when trading. Take things seriously when getting started with your trading with real money. If you trade on the mentality that “its just a few dollars, I can manage to lose that” and you keep adding to a losing position, this will change your trading psychology in the wrong direction.

Even if you happen to win back the money you lost by adding to a losing trade or revenge trading, you might get the image in your head that this is how it always will work.

If you one day add to your account and start trading with bigger risks, those images in your head about getting back the lost money can be fatal. If you plan on being a serious trader one day, take it seriously from the beginning.

How much can you make with 100 dollars when day trading

If you plan on starting with just 100 dollars, you should not expect huge returns. The cases where someone turns 100 dollars into millions are very rare, if not impossible. Well, technically it is possible, but even if somebody on the internet said they managed to do that, think twice before you believe them and buy their course.

100 dollars won’t bankrupt you, but it probably won’t make you a millionaire either. However, that 100 dollars can be a good lesson to be learned. Steppingstone into the world of day trading with real money. And from that initial 100 dollar deposit your journey of day trading can eventually be profitable.

Keep in mind that some estimates say that 95% of day traders lose money. You might think you will be in that 5% that is profitable, well, that could be. Risking your initial 100 dollars to find out isn’t that much to test the waters.

Final words

So, the amount of money you need to start day trading is correlated with the risk you are willing to take. Keep enough to cover some bad series of trades. There are different ways of managing money when day trading.

I wrote a post about how much you should risk per trade and how the strategy you use will affect your portfolio, if you happen to have a long losing streak, you can read it here.

This is not financial or investing advice. Some estimates say that 95% of day traders lose money. Always do your research before risking your hard-earned money.