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FUNDING FAQs

GETTING STARTED

The main payment method on our website is using a credit or debit card.

We also accept alternative payment methods: Bank Wire, PayPal, and Crypto USDT (We accept USDT using the following Networks: Tron, Solana, BNB Smart Chain Network, and Polygon Network).

To request a payment using one of our alternative payment methods, please email our support at [email protected] stating your

  1. Full Name;
  2. Funding Program Type;
  3. Amount to Pay; and
  4. Preferred payment Method.

Once you sign up, we will send your logins within an hour. If you sign up on the weekend, we will send you the logins by Monday AM (UK Time). If you don't find your email with the logins, please make sure to double-check your spam folder.

If you still can't find the login email, please email our support at [email protected], and one of our team members will send you the logins asap.

Unfortunately, we don't allow for free trials at the moment. However, if you wish to test on of our accounts, then we suggest you buy one of our cheapest funding programs to test with.

Currently, we are only offering MetaTrader5 for Windows and Max OS.

Forex Majors: EURUSD, GBPUSD, NZDUSD, AUDUSD, USDCHF, USDCAD, USDJPY.‎

Forex Minors : EURGBP, EURNZD, EURAUD, EURCHF, EURCAD, EURJPY, GBPNZD, GBPAUD, ‎GBPCHF, ‎GBPCAD, GBPJPY, NZDAUD, NZDCHF, NZDCAD, NZDJPY, AUDCHF, AUDCAD, AUDJPY, ‎CADCHF, CADJPY, ‎CHFJPY.‎

Commodities: Gold, Silver, Oil.

Major Index Stocks: S&P500, US30, US100, DAX, UK100., F40, JP225, STOXX50, AUS200. 

We have one of the lowest spreads in the industry. Below is a screenshot of our platform spreads. For example, on average, the EURUSD spread is 0.1 pips. You can check the full spread list & tradeable assets below: 

CTI - Spreads

When signing up, we will provide you with the CTI Proprietary Rules & Guidance Tool, which You can add directly to your trading chart to help you monitor your performance during all phases of the Funded Trader Program and avoid violating any rules.

Yes, of course, we do! We encourage everyone to join our affiliate program to start earning with CTI 5% on any evaluation sign up and £50 on any Direct Funding sign up

You could also start earning today by joining the Affiliate Program here.

Yes, of course! We have a large community of funded traders on our Discord Server. You are welcome to join and get in touch via the link below:

Click Here To Join Our Discord Community

Yes, of course! We process Crypto withdrawals using USDC on the Polygon/Matic Network within 24-48 hours of the withdrawal request.

Yes, of course. We recommend using ForexVPS as it is one company that offers a good price value with great features.

CTI's server is located in Amsterdam, so if you want the lowest latency possible, then it's best that you choose your VPS location in Amsterdam.

All our traders are independent contractors who get the option to withdraw profits monthly. Thus they are responsible for their own taxes in their own respective countries.


The best way to go about this is to ask an accountant in your city who can give you advice based on your circumstances.

We ask for KYC once passing the Evaluation to verify your identity. Therefore, we will ask for one of the following:

  1. Proof of Address: Internet Bill, Utility Bill, Tax Document.
  2. Proof of Identity: ID, Passport, or Driving Licence. 

General Rules – All funding

Absolutely you can! There are no restrictions on how long you would leave your trades open on all of our funding programs.

Absolutely! There is absolutely no restriction on trading the news on any of our funding programs.

We understand how annoying it can be not to be able to trade during market volatility. So we make it available for you to trade during any low, medium, or high-impact news at any time with no restrictions.

You can trade with algorithms or EAs if you developed the EA or bought one that you use personally, with some exceptions.

In some cases, when buying an EA online, multiple traders end up using the same EAs resulting in mirrored trading activity and/or copy trading, where the same trades are taken on two or more accounts.

This activity is prohibited as CTI looks to diversify its risk by having traders trading different strategies.

CTI prohibits the use of Martin Gale, High-Frequency Trading, Ultra-Fast Scalping, Latency Arbitrage Trading, Any Tick Scalping Strategies, any Copy Trading of other person ‎signals, any Reverse Arbitrage Trading, any Hedge Arbitrage Trading, and the use of any emulators.

Yes! we have no issues with hedging positions. However, you need to be aware that risk is not reduced when hedging positions. Each open position is still considered a new position.

We encourage independent traders and thinkers who can manage our capital and be consistently profitable. 

Therefore, Copy Trading is allowed only if you are copying from your personal trading account; you would need to provide proof of this further down the line showing the MT5 statement of the trading account you are copying to match with the trading account you manage for us.

You must prove to us that "you" can trade and not others.

The only way you would get disqualified immediately is if you hit your Max Loss allowed on any of the funding options (Classic, Standard, Portfolio Managers, & Direct Funding) specified in each Funded Trader Program's Terms and Conditions.

Our statistical data has proven that all traders who don't use a stop loss, end up not surviving in trading therefore, we require you to place a stop loss on every trade inside the MT5 Terminal.

Otherwise, our risk management system will flag these trades as violations, and any trades closed without a stop loss will not count towards the target nor your 30 Active Trading Days and any profits made without using a stop loss would not be eligible.

GETTING STARTED

Yes! The worst thing that can happen is that you pass the 1st Challenge "Assessment Phase I" and then lose in profit only to have to start again. 

So, we give you a one-time free retake as long as you meet the following requirements: 

  1. Lost on the 2nd Phase "Qualification Phase II".
  2. You were in Net Profit in the Qualification Phase II.
  3. Have not violated any of the Day Trading FTP rules.

Please send an email to [email protected] to claim your free challenge.

If you fail during the 1st Challenge "Assessment Phase I" then you will be entitled to a 20% Discount on your next Challenge if you purchase within 24 hours of your last Challenge fail.

If you buy the challenge after 24 hours, then you will be entitled to a 10% discount on your next challenge.

All discounts are issued in a form of Cashback. Please email [email protected] to claim your discount.

The Challenge starts on the day we send you the account logins. If you don't wish to trade on the same day or two after signing up, then we advise you to sign up on the day you will be entering trades or a day before. 

There is no limit on the number of Challenge accounts and we allow only 2 live accounts per trader.

However, this is only temporary and we will open up for more than 2 live accounts per funded trader in the near future.

The max increase per account is up to $200,000.

During the Challenge, you cannot merge accounts and each Challenge must be traded separately. However, after passing each Challenge, you can merge accounts.

No. The 45 days is the max time allowed per challenge. As soon as you meet all the other requirements, you will move to the next step, given there are no violations.

We are giving 45 days for each Challenge Phase unconditionally and we believe that this is more than enough to pass the Challenge and more than what you would be getting anywhere else.

We ask for KYC once passing the Challenge to verify your identity. Therefore, we will ask for one of the following:

  1. Proof of Address: Internet Bill, Utility Bill, Tax Document.
  2. Proof of Identity: ID, Passport, or Driving Licence. 

Withdrawals & Payouts

Once you pass Phases 1 & 2 of the Challenge, you will receive a 70% Profit Split on the 1st 15% Net Profit you make on the Live account.

Then you will continue with an 80% Profit split.

Once you qualify for Tier 1, we will give you a 90% Profit Split. 

Once you qualify for Tier 2, we will give you a 100% Profit Split. That's right! It's 100%.  At this point, you can replace your personal account. 

To qualify for 90% Profit Split "Tier 1", you must qualify for an increase in your account size.

To qualify for Tier 1 level:

  1. You have to make 10% over a complete cycle of 4 months with an average of 2.5% per month. 
  2. You have two out of the Four (2/4) months in net profit. 

To qualify for 100% Profit Split "Tier 2", you must repeat Tier 1 three times.

To qualify for Tier 2 level, you have to

  1. Make 10% over a complete cycle of 4 months with an average of 2.5% per month. 
  2. You have two out of four (2/4) months in net profit.
  3. Repeat (1) & (2) three times.

After receiving your Live Account, you will be able to request withdrawals if you need one of the following two conditions:

  1. 1 month after placing your first trade; or
  2. Achieved at least 15% in profit.

Please: at any time you achieve 15% in net profit, you must close all traders and send us a request to evaluate the funded account performance. If eligible, we will process your profit share and provide you with a new funded account. After this 1st time review, you can continue trading with no limitations.

 

Please send your withdrawal request to [email protected] titled "Challenge Withdrawal Request" and include your

  1. Account number.
  2. Amount to Withdraw.

We will review your account, and if there are no violations, we will process your withdrawal right away.

Unfortunately, if a violation has been detected on your account, that account will be suspended and will not qualify for any future payouts. However, you can start a new challenge account at a 10% discount.

Challenge Rules

The 2 main rules you need to be aware of that get you disqualified immediately are (1) The Max Daily Drawdown and (2) The Max Absolute Drawdown. 

To have max transparency, we have an automated system that will close all your open trades and freeze your account immediately once one of the rules above is breached. Only account reviews are done manually.

If at any point you violate the drawdown rule, you will not be eligible to continue on the same account and your account will be terminated.

When You Pass

Well done! Please send an email to [email protected] to review your account.
Please make sure to include the following:
  1. Account name. 
  2. Account number.

Once we review your account, we will get in touch with the next steps. Please allow up to 24 hours before sending us further emails.

You must qualify for Tier 1 level where:

  1. You have to make 10% over a complete cycle of 4 months with an average of 2.5% per month. 
  2. Two out of the Four (2/4) months are in net profit. 
  3. Your account balance must be positive at the time of upgrading the account. 
  4. Every 4 months is considered 1 cycle, with the 1st cycle starting the date of issuing the account.

We will increase your account size in increments of 30% of the First Account Balance each time you qualify for account growth.

For the $10,000 Challenge, your account will grow in increments of $10,000 x 30% = $3,000.

For the $25,000 Challenge, your account will grow in increments of $25,000 x 30% = $7,500.

For the $50,000 Challenge, your account will grow in increments of $50,000 x 30% = $15,000.

GETTING STARTED

If you have failed an evaluation, we offer generous discounts on your next purchases. All discounts are available in a form of Cashback.

A 20% Discount on your next Classic or Standard Evaluation purchase if you failed your last Evaluation of the same funding program category. This discount is eligible only if you buy your 2nd evaluation within 24 hours after failing your last evaluation; or

 

A 5% Discount on your next Classic or Standard Evaluation purchase if you failed your last Evaluation of the same funding program category. This discount is eligible at any time if you buy your 2nd evaluation more than 24 hours after failing your last evaluation; or

 

A 10% discount on your next Classic or Standard Evaluation purchase if your Portfolio Manager funded account was terminated. This discount is eligible at any time.

Once you make your next purchase, please email [email protected] to issue your Cashback. 

While both programs are the same once you pass and become a Portfolio Manager, the main difference lies in some of the rules to pass the Evaluations.

Standard Funding Evaluation:

  1. Max Evaluation Time = 6 Months.
  2. Profit Target = 9%. 
  3. Max Loss Style = 5% Absolute Drawdown.
  4. Active Trading Days = 30 ATD.

Classic Funding Evaluation:

  1. Max Evaluation Time = 12 Months.
  2. Profit Target = 7%. 
  3. Max Loss Style = 5% Relative Drawdown.
  4. Active Trading Days = 30 ATD.

There is no limit on the number of evaluations that you can have at the same time.

For Portfolio Managers who passed a Standard or Classic evaluation: You can have a max of 2 at the same time.

Yes, absolutely! If you have 2 PM, you can request to merge both into 1 account. However, the balance must be positive at the time of merging the accounts.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals are eligible on the evaluation once you pass the evaluation. CTI will process the profit share payment of 50% of your profit target into your card you originally paid with.

As a PM, you need to send us an email requesting a withdrawal during the last 5 days of each calendar month, specifying the following:

  1. Your account number.
  2. The amount you wish to withdraw and the amount you wish to leave in your account.

Withdrawals are usually processed within 24 hours. However, you should allow up to 7 days to receive your withdrawal payment.

Please refer to our withdrawal page for full details on withdrawals.

CTI wants you to trade at your own pace and without any restrictions; therefore, you don't have any minimum trading days or max time limits to generate the 10% profit target on your portfolio manager account.

Whenever you achieve the 10% profit target, you should close all your open positions, and send an email to [email protected] requesting to withdraw and upscale your account.

CTI will pay you the profit share percentage according to your PM level and upgrade your account to the next PM level.

Evaluations & PM Rules

We are giving you 1 full year unconditionally to make a 7% profit target on the Classic Evaluation.

We also give a generous 6 months to make the 9% profit target on the Standard Evaluation.

Therefore, we believe that this is more than enough to pass the Evaluations and hit the targets.

If you require to take some time off, then you would need to email [email protected] before taking the break to freeze your account for a max of 2 months.

For more info, watch our YouTube video here.

When you are a Portfolio Manager, you can stay up to 2 months without any trading activity, after which we will freeze your account. CTI reserves the right to terminate the account if the trader is not trading the funded account for more than 2 months and did not notify us about taking a break from trading as we need to allocate the capital to active Portfolio Managers.

However, please email us to unfreeze your account once you're ready to continue your journey with us.

Email: [email protected]

You do NOT get disqualified immediately if you make a genuine mistake. CTI is flexible and does not try to catch you on genuine mistakes regarding the following rules.

1. Exceeding the max 1.5% max Stop Loss risk per position.
2. Closing trades without a Stop Loss.

When breaking any of the rules above, you will be given 2 warnings or notices to not repeatedly violate the conditions above, after which CTI will terminate the funded account on the 3rd warning given the trader's failure to adhere to CTI risk management policies.

Also, any profits you made, violating one of the rules above, will not be counted towards the final target.

For more info please watch our YouTube video (click here).

No. The evaluation period is up to 1 year for the Classic FTP and up to 6 months for the Standard FTP.

However, suppose you complete all the requirements before the max evaluation time limit. In that case, you will be upgraded to the Portfolio Manager with a fully funded account immediately, as long as you have met all the other requirements.

We use the time requirement to show us that you will be a responsible trader and trust to allocate a larger amount of our capital to you. Carry on trading the same way until you reach the evaluation profit target.

GETTING STARTED

If you have failed a direct funding account, we offer a generous 10% discount on your next Classic or Standard Evaluation purchase if your Direct Funding account was terminated. This discount is eligible at any time you decide to purchase a new Classic or Standard evaluation.

Once you make your next purchase, please email [email protected] to issue your Cashback. 

You can have a max of 2 Direct Funding accounts at the same time. 

However, you cannot start 2 accounts at the same time. You must have achieved 10% on the 1st funded account and moved to the next level in order to be able to start a 2nd Direct Funding account.

Yes, absolutely! If you have 2 Direct Funding accounts, you can request to merge both into 1 account. However, the balance must be positive at the time of merging the accounts.

When you are a Portfolio Manager through the Direct Funding option, you can stay up to 2 months without any trading activity, after which we will freeze your account. CTI reserves the right to terminate the account if the trader is not trading the funded account for more than 2 months and did not notify us about taking a break from trading as we need to allocate the capital to active traders.

However, please email us to unfreeze your account once you're ready to continue your journey with us.

Email: [email protected]

You do NOT get disqualified immediately if you make a genuine mistake. CTI is flexible and does not try to catch you on genuine mistakes regarding the following rules.

1. Exceeding the max 1.5% max Stop Loss risk per position.
2. Closing trades without a Stop Loss.

When breaking any of the rules above, you will be given 2 warnings or notices to not repeatedly violate the conditions above, after which CTI will terminate the funded account on the 3rd warning, given the trader's failure to adhere to CTI risk management policies.

Also, any profits you made violating one of the rules above will not be counted towards the final target.

For more info, please watch our YouTube video (click here).

Withdrawals

As a PM on the Direct Funding, you need to send us an email requesting a withdrawal, specifying the following:

  1. Your account number.
  2. The amount you wish to withdraw and the amount you wish to leave in your account.

Withdrawals are usually processed within 24 hours. However, you should allow up to 7 days to receive your withdrawal payment.

Please refer to our withdrawal page for full details on withdrawals.

CTI wants you to trade at your own pace and without any restrictions; therefore, you don't have any minimum trading days or max time limits to generate the 10% profit target on your funded account.

Whenever you achieve the 10% profit target, you should close all your open positions and email [email protected] requesting to withdraw and upscale your account.

CTI will pay you the profit share percentage according to your Direct Funding level and upgrade your account to the next level.