Well, here we go. I'm ready to take a shot at the markets again. I decided to join EliteTrader to hopefully learn from people who have experienced success at this. Get ready for a TL;DR... My "experience" with stocks dates back to when I was in sixth grade. I remember being fascinated by the indices moving up and down, and I would paper trade at home while my dad played with a small account with real money. I started to figure things out, read Investors Business Daily regularly, and got pretty obsessed. In eighth grade, for whatever reason, I decided to trade on my dad's real money account when he was in Las Vegas for a convention. We had discussed a potential trade in DYII, Dynacq, a health care technology company that has since been delisted. Dynacq had developed a cup and handle pattern, which I was big on at the time, and I was positive it would break out of its handle any day now. I checked my computer at school on a Tuesday morning and discovered that it had, indeed, broken out of its base. I suddenly came down with some sort of "illness," had my mom pick me up from school, and as soon as I got home around 10:00 A.M. I logged on to my dad's account and purchased $15,000 worth of shares in the company. The next five hours were the worst five hours of my life. My first mistake was doing this without my dad knowing. I still don't know what I was thinking, but it made sense to me at the time. But $15,000 is a lot of money for a 13 year old to be throwing around, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY! Almost immediately after I purchased Dynacq, it tanked. By lunch time, it had lost 15% of its worth. The breakout had clearly failed. And I pretty much panicked. I tried contacting my dad, to no avail, and finally reached my mom, who was absolutely livid. I traded instant messages with one of my dad's trading friends, whoâsurely amused by this whole thingâtried to keep me calm and collected. I was getting ready to sell and take a $2,250 loss, but he assured me after he checked it out that he thought it would rally in the afternoon. He told me to hold on for the time being. At this point, I was a completely shaken 13 year old tearfully begging my trading platform to go up. And lo and behold, it happened. Dynacq rallied that afternoon and I ended up selling around 2:57 P.M. with an $800 profit. I couldn't have been luckier. My dad finally called at 3:00 P.M., and I told him everything, and needless to say I was grounded from trading for quite some time! Since then I've had some marginal success trading stocks over the long-term, but nothing worth writing home about. I haven't traded regularly for several years, but I'm getting back into the game utilizing strategies I'm learning from a mentor. It's going to be one heck of a journey. I deposited a decent amount today into my trading account, and I plan to focus almost exclusively on options. I'll make sure to update everyone on how my progress goes, win or lose. Any advice? I can afford to lose the seed money, so I'm looking for medium risk, high reward strategies. Any success stories?