So, when hanging out with some aquaintences this evening, the convo inevitably turns to what everyone does for a living. I told them that I trade and then it began. Everyone who is not a participant in the markets not only seems to have a strong opinion about things (based on no information), but also no clue about the structure and movement of the market. It always ends badly because it's hard to explain how stocks move in the short term and how leverage works in daytrading, etc. From now on, I'm just going to respond with, "I work in finance." They'll likely assume I'm toady in a cubicle and I'll be off the hook at that point. Anyone have similar experiences?