Ok, I just made my first real trade with real money. It isn't anything to write home about. I sold short 100 SPY (how can I get margin on a cash account -- I'm probably in deep shit) at 86.16 and covered at 86.09 for a net gain of 5 dollars. This was my first trade to get my feet wet. I must admit that being in the market with real money is totally different from paper trading. I am now going to attempt an option play on INTC using a high delta ITM option. Again, this is getting my feet wet here.