Creating a certified traders association given that 80% of traders lose money. Trading and even financial speculation has a bad reputation and is looked as a bad profession to be in. You need at least 85% accurracy to be a certified trader. Net income is not important but rather return on capital is the key measurement of success so leverage is recommended if you are a 'professional' Lots of amateurs or people who only have clue of trading or professionals who blow up their account in one bad trade. http://www.vansmarket.com/trade/viewforum.php?f=15&sid=f602783f6319627baa6d7e915eff5c14 Membership is free is only after verification of skill and trading record and 'exam'. There is a market technician association who are certified technical analyst and there is even a fund management course. So I there should be stock trader association that verifies the trading record of members. You are not a professional if you have less than 80% accurracy and not making any money.