I attended Bright's week long day trading class in Las Vegas that ended on Friday, Feb 1st. It was held at their company headquarters and was taught by Bob and Don Bright and Earl Alstyne. From an earlier posting here (which I cannot find now!) I learned enough about the class content to pique my interest. I was a commodity broker / S & P index trader back in the mid 80's and then got out of the game and went a different direction. I've been trading a retail account at home for about one year now, first at NDB and now at IB. Although I have been making money my learning curve is not what I want it to be. I have friends who are retail traders, read several books recommended here at ET and eavesdropped on the chatrooms but am having trouble putting it all together. I like the concepts in Douglas's book 'Trading in the Zone', about finding an edge and trading it over and over to grind out a profit, but didn't have an edge that I felt comfortable trading. So I signed up for their class, hoping to get two things... 1. an edge 2. enough information to make a decision on whether to go pro or get serious at home. I had reservations about going pro, primarily concerns about the trading environment and some recent posts on ET where some traders feel that "trading is a young man's game" (I'm not). The students were a diverse group; mostly men (maybe 3 women), some have been trading for years while at least one has never traded, there were young people and retired folks. As were the traders at Bright, some young, some old and everything in between, some experienced, some not. The class was well organized and had several Q and A sessions. Don, Bob and Earl made the class fun. They have something like 70 years of experience between them, and the name of the game is to identify and exploit an edge. Four hours a day doesn't sound like much but they covered a lot of information and I don't think that any of us retained it all. I took some notes that I'll be reviewing again. And the edge? We discussed several of them. Some edges involve a strategy, such as the placing of automated opening orders where you enter both buy/sell orders premarket. And some edges are gained by the use of tools, like bullets and conversions. I'm anxious to try them out and adopt one or two that I feel most comfortable with, given my personality. My decision? I'm going to join up with Bright. As a pro I get some very useful tools that I don't have access to now. And I liked the traders I met and the professional atmosphere in their Vegas office. When I was a broker we had a good, supportive office environment and for me trading at home just isn't the same. I realize that I haven't covered much, and I could go on for hours. But I'm busy studying for my Series 7 amongst other things and am feeling some time pressure. If you have some questions ask and I'll try to answer them.