Is it possible to be a commodity broker for a small firm and trade forex or futures for your own account? I currently work as a trader, but prior to graduating I thought about becoming a broker. I had a position offered from Smith Barney, but they made it clear that I would not be allowed to trade my own account as a daytrader would. I'm wondering if things could be different because i'd be working at a smaller shop (nobody has ever heard of it), and its futures, not equities. I'd have to be series 3 licensed. Does this sound like something that can work, or am I going to get the same answer I got at Smith Barney, which was "no". Is this going to be a conflict of interest?