Hi all, Indeed I have been asleep for a long time... Until recently I had a very foggy idea of what the stock markets were and how stocks were traded. I knew people made money with that, but having just finished school I was too busy paying my debt. Through a twist of fate I attended one of those guaranteed-to-get-rich-if-you-pay-3-grand-for-a-workshop seminars. Of course I didn't pay the 3 large, but it was enough to pique my interest. I ended up reading 3-4 books on investing/trading, and eventually signing up for this site! I've gathered enough to realize that swing trading part-time day trading is for me, but I feel I need to learn more (although I'm gonna HATE waking up at 6 am to catch the market opening). So any advice on: books to read good stock research sites good news sites brokers to start with (mind you, I'm in Canada; also I'm gonna have to start small, maybe as small as $500, so low transaction fees are vital) would be greatly appreciated. Especially the ones that you have used and found useful/essential. Or the ones to stay away from. (on this note, does anyone know of Jack Carter and his "Secrets Of An Online Trading Mercenary" - it sounds too good to be true - the ad keeps popping up from cbs.marketwatch.com ?) Thanks and great trading to all.