Since I see that quite a few people are coming here to discuss trading firms, I thought I might monitor the board from time to time. I replied to a thread asking about a list of proprietary firms, and listed a few of the more reputable. Since I need to "walk a thin line" here, and try not to sound like an advertisement for our firm, I thought I might simply point a few of you to some reading material. You may want to read about Proprietary Trading in Stocks and Commodities magazine (March April and June, I believe), and read the November article about "3 Traders." I have posted a few reasons why our traders have chosen our firm, and you may want to use some of this as a basis when deciding where to trade. As in any business, there are those who try to succeed by bad-mouthing the establishment (I guess we are in the "establishment" now ). We have grown to be the largest firm by being honest, fair, and reputable. We have been with the same clearing firm since 1978, and have given hundreds of traders a home. Please do your homework, ask the hard questions, and don't be fooled by silly remarks about technology, market access, and "bells and whistles." Seek out solid, reliable, reputable firms that have grown due to having the best "stuff" out there, and by having a good relationship with their traders. I mentioned other firms in another post, here goes: Schonfeld has a good program for new traders, and those who are seeking employment. ETG and Generic are good companies. Newer guys like Leiber & Weissman seem to be reputable. There are so many other "new kids on the block" that you must simply wade through. You have to ask yourself whose money are they spending trying to bring in new people? Anyway, good luck, and good trading!!