How many of you guys are independent traders and can afford a nice living on trading? I ask this because I have recently joined a top firm here in Manhattan from which I'm receiving a decent salary to prepare my Series 7 and become a Financial Advisor. I'm thankful with them because they put me in their top producing office surrounded by very smart people. The problem is that I don't like the FA job, I don't like the idea of selling expensive funds to clients that won't outperform the markets in the long-term. What I want to do is to trade, I love the adrenaline that comes with the market. FA is about cold-calling wealthy guys, while trading is more "heroical", more "mystical". If you go to a bookstore you'll find tons of books about great traders, but I have never found a book on a great FA. I have no doubt that if I remain in the firm I'll be able to make very good money, but I want to know is how often independent traders do a nice living trading, enjoying a long career. Thanks!