Iâm gonna take the plunge from the warm (in)security of an 8-6 job into the cold waters of trading. Iâd appreciate all your questions, answers and comments. A little background. Iâm not a complete newbie â Iâve been in involved with the trading business for almost 20 yrs. I now work for a major hedge fund in risk management for a salary well into six figures, so thereâs some opportunity cost involved. I have a good academic background with an Ivy League MBA (not saying thatâll help with trading). I traded for myself at a day trading firm in â98 for about 4 months (Cybertrader platform) before being lured away by a job offer I couldnât turn down. Now I can. I plan to initially trade 1-3 markets/equities with accounts funded with $100-$200K probably using TS6, IB, FfastTrade or other alternatives. Iâd like to find out more about the following: - should I consider a prop firm first? - does anyone use two machines with software from a single vendor on both as a backup. And DSL as a backup to cable? - how are fills in other relatively liquid ETFs other than QQQs (e.g. SMH) Thatâs all for now â Iâm sure Iâll have more later. Thanks for your replies.