ok... I know that asking for advice on message board is not the smartest thing in the world but here's my story. Yesterday I got laid off with a good severance package. I'm 28 years old and I have been trading stocks on and off for about 4 years. I took a long break and invested most of my money for the long term (in SONS which is finally paying off). In August I started trading again. I took some money that I had saved up apart from my investments and 401K (12 Grand) and turned it to 25 by February by swing trading stocks. I then got my day trading power and two weeks ago hit 37. I am back down to 31 but I feel like I am losing my touch since at one point I couldn't lose. I have been interested in trading futures but was unable to since my companies firewall blocked most brokerage software and I was using Fidelities ATP to trade. I have opened up an Interactive Brokers account and am funding it tomorrow with an initial 20K. It looks like IB is a good broker but does anyone recommend a separate charting software. What else do I need to get started? I already have two 24inch screens. I always try to keep costs low but not if the price is too high price!! Right now I'm getting paid and full benefits till August so this is a good time to try my hand at full time trading. Would anyone recommend day trading as a long term career? I have biz-econ degree from UCLA and feel like I would be putting it to waste if I started trading. Any thoughts/pointers/suggestions/recommendations are appreciated.