Hi all, I am new both to ET and to the trading world. I am a Finance/Internal Audit/mis student in college, going into my senior year. I have taken a couple finance courses so I have some understanding of the basics. I would like to get started in stock trading to make some money of course. I have probably 1k right now to start with that won't hurt that much if I lose it. My professor recommended getting started by buying the S&P500 SPDR ETF as a diversified investment in stocks that will earn a solid long term return, based on the general return on the stock market. I am thinking of opening an E*Trade account to start with. I realize I am a beginner and this is Elite Trader, but if you are going to flame, please just move on with your busy lives and don't waste my time or yours. Everyone was a beginner once and had to start somewhere, and I'm sure could have used direction from those with experience. Other than that, any and all input is appreciated. I would love to hear any suggestions, advice, tips on the above, and your own input on how and where to start. Thank you!