I'm 32, I have an economics degree from the U of Illinois with no formal training in programming, I just have a passing in interest in it (self-taught in basic HTML and my company's proprietary programming language for automation). I have 4 years of experience working at a futures/forex trade execution desk and I have some licenses (series 3, 7 etc). It seems that people with both a trading and programming background can be paid quite well working for HFT hedge funds. How feasible would it be for someone like to me to learn a programming language (VBA, C++, etc) from scratch in order to land a high paying job with a hedge fund? How long would that take and what would it cost me for classes, give or take? Any advice is appreciated, thanks.