Hey, I used to be on this forum and traded the market, full time, from one massive peak (2008) in Energy till another (a few years back). I traded with Oanda, IB and, later, a Chicago futures firm... Sure I had all the hardware, software and knowledge about contango, findangdo and fupwhipfah; but despite heavily investing in trying to earn a living trading I walked away with nothing. Here's what I learnt: 1. The past cannot be used to forecast the future. Trying to do so is a form of "divination". 2. I never had enough cash to be a capitalist. If, for example, I bought McDonald's Corporation stock; To purchase an annual income yield of $40k I'd need to buy $1.7m of stock. 3. If I even had $40k now then I'd buy a pick-up truck, some garden tools, print my name on some leaflets and put them in letter boxes myself. Why? because then I'd be investing in myself... and I'd be a capitalist who truly owned the assets which yield profit. 4. In relation to the above; women actually prefer regular men with work-stained clothes over screen addicts with big bank balances. It's in their nature.