Funded Account Rule Violation FAQ

What happens when I break a rule in my Funded Level Account?

Our Premium Funded, Funded, and Pro Accounts are all managed the same: If your ending account balance is higher than your starting account balance, you will receive an offer to return to Step 2 of the Trading Combine if you choose to restart within 14 days.


If your Ending Account Balance is lower than your Starting Account Balance, you would need to restart in Step 1.

Our program was designed strategically by successful traders to grow trading talent that can then share in the profits of our funding firm — in Step 1 traders prove they can profit, and in Step 2, show they can manage risk while growing profits.

As we give you the opportunity to trade with our capital, you must continue to demonstrate that you can both profit and manage risk. If your account ends with a negative balance, we need you to work on earning profits first (start in Step 1). If you’re profitable, but broke a rule, then you’ve proven you can grow your account and need to continue working on risk management (start in Step 2).

Here are some examples of how it works for each type of account: 

 

Pro Account:

Starting Balance

End Balance

What Happens Next?

$0

$1,500

You will be eligible to skip Step 1 and start a new Trading Combine at Step 2*

Simulated profits in Pro Account are forfeited

$0

-$1,000

The next Trading Combine you begin will start at Step 1

 

Premium Funded Account:

Starting Balance

End Balance

What Happens Next?

$5,000

$6,500

You will be eligible to skip Step 1 and start a new Trading Combine at Step 2*

$5,000

$4,000

The next Trading Combine you begin will start at Step 1

 

Funded Account:

Starting Balance

End Balance

What Happens Next?

$0

$1,200

You will be eligible to skip Step 1 and start a new Trading Combine at Step 2*

$0

$-3,500

The next Trading Combine you begin will start at Step 1

 

*Any offer to restart in Step 2 will expire if not taken advantage of within 14 days of receipt. Also, any offer to continue in Step 2 is only applicable to the same size account or smaller than your most recent Funded-level account.

 

How are withdrawals handled after a rule is broken?

You can review the withdrawal policy here.

 

I broke a rule in the Funded Level account today; what is the process to restart in the Trading Combine?

After a rule violation, we will notify you via email after your Topstep dashboard is updated.  Instructions on how to restart in Step 2 will only be included if you are eligible to bypass Step 1. 

If you were in a Live account with a positive account balance, we would contact you regarding what we need to initiate your remaining funds' transfer.

 

Are there any exceptions to Funded Level Accounts being closed after a rule violation? 

Unfortunately, there are no exceptions for rule violations in a Pro Account. Topstep will make exceptions and allow traders to keep their live Funded Account, including Premium Funded Accounts, after a rule violation only if traders have previously built up a significant account balance, which we look at as being five figures plus. If you are an existing funded trader with Topstep and have questions about this, please contact us at (855) 373-4226.

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