I did a fairly long search on this site this weekend but, I didn't find exactly what I was looking for so, here goes some of my history and question about taking the CTA route. On a side note, man there is some great advice hidden in these old threads. Acary, I think it was, hit the nail on the head for me about the markets. Wow. Background- I am a commodities broker after first going the financial advisor route. I should have skipped being an FA. Boy was I wrong about that industry having to do anything with trading. If only I would have used the search button back then. In " FA training" I knew I was in big trouble when one of the trainers put up a daily chart of some stock and said "what is this called", an some of the new eager recruits spit out--a chart, or stock chart and the like and, the trainer replied "a broker's biggest waste of time". It hit me like one of those scenes in a movie where the camera zooms out real quick. I was in the wrong job for trading and I knew right then and there. The rest of training for me involved beer at night, and a poor attitude to follow the next day at training. Nothing against FA's or the industry but, for me I was in the wrong place. Within 3 months after training I bought out of my contract out for a big chunk of change to go work for a commodity firm who made me a great offer to come work with them. I am still paying to this day for this mistake. I also may be the first trainee in FA history to have there non-compete contract enforced against them. Right now I run my own branch office and do only commodities and SSF. It is exactly what I want. I have a lot a hedgers (I live in a very agricultural area). I enjoy the broker side of the business and it provides a decent income and I get to trade anything I want. I have found my "edge" as I guess it is called. I spread trade commodities. It is just really experience and that is all it is. I know more than the next guy and have a better chance at making money than he does because I put a great deal of time into it (not backtesting it). I have no big secret to protect. This is why I think I have turned a big corner and need some advice. It sounds like CTA is the way to go. I read the CME guide and have worked with some CTA's in the past so, I have the basics covered. My question is it possible to run a CTA program and keep an existing commodity brokerage business (it is small for now) running along side it easily? They seem like very close cousins in certain aspects. I would like to get my track record going that's for sure. I am not worried about attracting tons of money right away because I will still have the brokerage side. I figured I will build both sides at once and get that track record going or, is this not realistic (too expensive). My approach to the markets does not take a great deal of time so, "I have that going for me" (B.M.) Anyways sorry to drone on but hopefully someone has had a similar path that they would like to share some ideas. Please, no brokers are evil or, why don't you trade your own money because, I do. Hopefully this thread will remain somewhat flame retardent Thanks in advance.