I myself have been remote trading equities for the past 2 months after 9 years trading corporate bonds in a regional dealer environment. I left on my own, but really business had been dead for well over a year. My suggestion for new people wanting to get involved in some trading capacity would be to look outside the traditional financial institutions and explore oil/energy trading with the oil and power companies. I don't know what it pays to start but it will give you exposure to cash and derivitave markets as well as P&L responsibilities later on. Good Luck!