Hi. My name's Thadius Main, I'm a 15 year old high school student, and I have a passion for the stock market. Always have. Started reading the Wall Street Journal in 6th grade. For a while now, I've been considering a career involved with the stock market - broker, trader, investment banker, that kind of thing. But, I'm still not 100% sure it's for me. I was looking for some answers to a few questions, if you can answer any of them. 1. This may seem like a weird first question, but bear with me - how's the math in trading? Does the career require a genius mathematical mind, able to do long division in a quick mental flash, or is a decent, basic grounding good enough? 2. What kind of education is needed? Do you have to graduate from business school, is a position as a big broker at Goldman Sachs only available to Ivy Leagues? And what kind of courses should I be looking for in High School, then in College? 3. As a stock trader, are you allowed to invest yourself? It seems like, if you were the one ordering the buying or selling, it'd be illegal for you to take part in it. 4. How easy is it to climb the ladder in these kinds of careers? And where do you start, on average? That's what I can think of now. If you have any other info you think I should know, or any questions, please, let me know.