I am in the mid 20s, west coast, no money, trading experience is just ten introductory books (operator, wizards, etc), I follow the market daily. I like tech and trading, so I am considering FE school. I decided it is time to get off my but and into action. I am working on a short term strategy to take advantage of Mad Money TV Show. I don't even watch the show, but I came across a journal Jim Cramer's Mad Money and based on the studies Mad Money has a 5% gain on recommendations the next day. Given the time of the show, I could take advantage of the after hours trading. If I follow the realmoney.com website, I could probably pick up on Cramer's picks prior to the show. I figure the best way to do it, is to jump into a leverage position where I have to drop 5k with a broker where the broker stated they would give me overnight leverage of 4x but intraday of 20x. Am I being stupid to start off like this. I think I should go back to school to be honest. Any thoughts? My second questions is relevant to testing average volume, percentage gains, etc. What would you recommend software wise for charting information in regards to Mad Money. I am just assuming excel would suffice for inputting data and charting or is there a more efficient way to go about it other than xml data? Thanks.