Hello all. I have not actually opened an account yet. I'm setting this Journal to solicit advice on my trading journey. Also I will post updates on my journey and goal of becoming a successful trader. Recent Background information. I am a 24 year old recent college drop out. I will probably finish my degree. I have always been incredibly interested in the financial markets. After losing about $4,000 or 2/3 of my investments during the correction, and after a summer internship with a financial company in Kansas. I became very disenchanted in the financial services industry. I don't want to use my name to solicit someone's business then have them lose half their money and be upset with me. I also realized that good financial planners are worth their weight in platinum. However, thats another story. After losing most my money, I was shocked and upset. But I wasn't mad at the market I was mad at myself. It disturbed me that most of my professors didn't really know anything about the financial markets. All of their knowledge was academic. None of them could teach me how to make money. Fortunately I had an Uncle that I knew was vaguely involved in the markets. As it turned out he was a Momentum trader. He's been willing to take me under his wing and teach me quite a bit about his system. This week I begin paper trading e-mini's using trade station 6. I'm very excited. I don't have a lot of money. In fact right now I'm basically broke. I'm planning on just practicing the system for a few months before I think about opening an account. My Uncle reccomended Terra Nova to me but I don't meet their financial requirements. Right now I am looking at Interactive Brokers and Cannon trading company. Some things I've read about IB concern me. If anyone wants to follow me on my journey in hope of becoming a successful trader. Or if you have advice for a novice I'd love to hear from you. I'm trying to make my simulation as real as possible. The four factors I'm considering in a Broker are..... 1. Speed, speed, speed 2. reliability 3. Speed and quality of customer support.4. Low account requirements. Because my knowledge of trading is completely academic at this point. I would love any advice from more experienced traders. This really is my dream job. Thanks and good luck to everyone.