I can't imagine many small traders those starting with less than £1000 have a hope of making a living from trading now. Quite right, probably better off putting your money in an ISA. That's what small traders have been restricted now - 10% annual returns if they're lucky, but not enough to make a living. I've been trading @25:1 for 2 weeks now and I'm barely breaking even. Hopefully in 3 months ESMA will have a change of heart and change it back, because this is only a trial. Furthermore, don't know how what effect Brexit will have!!!