Vel, The single most important piece of advice I can give you is www.interactivebrokers.com For someone like you, there is not a question as to what broker to use. They are the one. They have the best executions, the best price, and they have recently added the fastest data feed of all brokers. But the reason why they are especially right for you is that you can trade 100 shares and pay them only $1 including all fees. And trade 100 share lots is exactly what you should do a lot in order to learn how to trade. Once you are confident that you are profitable with 100 share lots (that might be as early as 6 months or as late as 2 years from now, if you trade all day every day), then start doing size, use all the leverage you can get, and it will be reasonably possible to double your capital every year up to the point of half a million or a million dollars. If you want to do more size, don't ask me how it is done, I guess you would need a different approach for that than mine. You can't just fade intra-day spikes with 100k shares like you can with 2k. Or expect to get filled on a stop etc.