Payout FAQ

You can review the payout policy here. Need more help figuring out when to request a payout? Check out the When, How, and Why to Pay Yourself blog written by our Risk Manager, Mick.  

WHAT IS THE PROFIT SPLIT?

Traders will receive 100% of the profits from payouts, up to a total of $5,000. After the first $5,000 of funds have been received by the trader, the profit split will become 90/10, with the trader receiving 90% of payouts and Topstep retaining 10% of the requested payout. To be clear, this is per trader. If you receive a payout of $5,000 and then lose your Funded Account, your next Funded Account payout will be 90/10 when you start back up again.

Once the payout request is processed, the Trailing Max Drawdown will be automatically set to the starting account balance (the trader cannot allow the account balance to reach or go below $0 after a payout).

WHEN SHOULD I START TAKING PAYOUTS FROM MY FUNDED ACCOUNT?

If you take any payouts before your Trailing Max Drawdown (TMDD) reaches $0, your TMDD will automatically be set to $0 with a payout. 

To maintain your Topstep account for an extended period of time and take regular payouts, we recommend making your TMDD $0 before considering a payout. To make your TMDD $0, you will need to reach the corresponding levels of profits (dictated by your account size):

Below is a list of all account sizes and their corresponding TMDD for reference:

Account Size:

Trailing Max Drawdown:

$10,000 (Swing)

$1,000

$30,000 

$1,500

$50,000

$2,000

$100,000

$3,000

$150,000

$4,500

HOW DO PAYOUTS IMPACT MY ACCOUNT PARAMETERS?

Again, your TMDD will always be set to $0 after any payout. If your TMDD has already reached $0 and you then make a payout, your TMDD will remain at $0, and the capital remaining in your account will be the maximum amount you will be able to lose. 

Your Daily Loss Limit and Weekly Loss Limit will not be impacted by a payout.

HOW DO PAYOUTS IMPACT MY MAX POSITION SIZE?

Payouts could potentially impact how much leverage you have and the amount of risk you can take. The scaling plan will determine what impact your payout has on your account. If your payout brings you down scaling level(s), your account will be set to the corresponding buying power. This means that a payout could result in you not being able to trade as many contracts.

Need a refresher on the Scaling Plan levels? See WHAT IS THE SCALING PLAN?

HOW DO I REQUEST MONEY FROM MY FUNDED ACCOUNT? WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

See HOW CAN I MAKE A PAYOUT? for more information about how to request a payout.

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