Hi folks, I was advised to get information from those in the business by the investment manager that has handled my families money for the last three decades. He refused to discuss the matter much beyond a very general overview. If anyone cares to respond, I would like to know what I need to pursue this endeavor, just the 'tools of the trade' as it were and the costs involved. Specifically, I know I will need some form of basic software, also I realize I will need some form of information service(s) for market data. I believe that I will also need a brokerage firm to execute my orders. Prehaps all of these are available in one 'package' I just don't know. What is a proper sum to pay each month/quarter for these services? I am certain there are other things I have not thought of or aware of so any advice along that line will be welcome and appreciated! Sorry if I am asking too much, but I have determined to pursue this as a possible career. I am blessed with ample funds, and bored to death of teaching overseas. Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated!