Quote from johnstac:
If your friend came into the market today with your $25K and no experience and insisted on trading something, what would you tell him to begin learning?
1. Deposit $5k with Thinkorswim / TDA so you can open a sim account
2. Pick up Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom
, by Tharp
3. Follow the instructions in the book
4. Back test whatever ideas come up
5. Gamble away (lose) the $5k to respect risk management and the need for a system
6. When the sim account / back testing shows something that makes money, reload the account with another $5k and go live.
7. Rinse and repeat.