Wow.. believe it or not, I hadn't the faintest idea that there was a Darwinex Community this active even in existence... brilliant!
Just read through this thread in its entirety, not entirely sure why so much criticism for what were very crisp, sensible answers by @juancolonbo and @ignacio
** Perhaps this story may help shed some light on things **
I joined Darwinex back in 2015 - funny story about how I found them, since "banners" were mentioned here in an advertising context..
I had been seeing Darwinex banners show up on Myfxbook a lot, since I track a few accounts there - and for weeks I ignored them, because well.. they were advertising on Myfxbook using banner ads, in the same spots that many B-Book/Bucketshop brokers did, so naturally that made me assume the same of Darwinex.
It was only until I saw one specific banner impression (I can't remember exactly what it said), but it made me click it - and I landed on a page that mentioned "migrating your existing trading history".
My thoughts at the time were: "hang on a minute... that requires serious technical prowess, and there is no way this outfit doesn't have a decent bunch of techs behind it, unlike many B-Books I've had unpleasant experiences with over the years."
Long story short, I signed up, was reached out to by @ignacio personally after I migrated my strategy over from another broker where I still maintain my "properly" funded accounts - that strategy is now a Darwin (PLF) at Darwinex (fortunately, currently #1 in DarwinIA): https://www.darwinex.com/en/product/PLF.3.1/ with another version of PLF with different risk profile, also running as a Darwin (LZL) - https://www.darwinex.com/en/product/LZL.3.23/
At the time, I too was wary of the DarwinIA prize model (@ignacio will remember the many conversations we had on the subject, me teasing him over and over about how Darwinex wasn't better than Broker-ABC becuase of 1,2,3, all the while hiding the fact that I was growing to respect and really really like Darwinex for their amazing attitude and service).
I saw my Darwin LZL rise to the top in DarwinIA very quickly at the time, competing against a decent number of others, and that instilled some more confidence in me that the Darwin's metrics were very closely aligned to my own that I use for performance tracking. But it was only until I'd see the very first receipt of prize payment that I'd be even more comfortable that things were kosher.
It's been over a year and some months now, and I can safely say that in the 8 odd years or more that I have been trading part-time, I have NEVER come across a startup as committed, honest and overflowing with integrity as this.
A lot of people will look at the trader equity in PLF and LZL and say "oh but if you're so sure, why aren't you investing more than a few hundred dollars".. I've heard this in the past, and my answer has always been: "I don't need to, this is not my main source of income, I don't need to fund it more than necessary to maintain ample margin for consistent trading within the risk profile I have the account setup for."
Which brings me to the point of "Margin/Leverage".
What @juancolonbo said regarding DarwinIA and Leverage makes 200% sense - I see 0% reasoning for anyone to counter that with "oh but why leverage, why not 100% cash".
Newsflash: Darwinex is a startup, and already progressed to leveraging responsible volume to grow the business and attract the best trader/investor profile. From my experience having actively worked as a DevOps person in this industry, I can tell you that it takes a LONG time even for far more well-capitalized firms to reach such decisions.
Leverage is a "real" thing - nothing demo about it -- most banks you draw your money from are leveraged too. Think your cash is still in the bank the moment your salary goes in? Think again... think leverage and bonds
Moral of the story: I feel privileged to have found Darwinex when I did in 2015, because I came in on the ground floor of their growth. With their amazing work and service ethics, coupled with their technical prowess, I can't even begin to imagine how far this company is headed in the right direction in time to come.
So when they say something, it's a very... very good idea to listen instead of offer unnecessary rhetoric to counter crystal clear statements -- I'm pretty sure they know what they are doing, we should trust that, it is no easy feat running a ship like this.
Have a great weekend everyone ~