Is there a book that explains in some details how traders can make money, ranging from a simple buying and selling stocks to options, shorts, etc...? If you are pro, I'd be interested in knowing how you made your first money trading (don't need the specific numbers, just info on how you made your first check) Thanks, VK edit - also, it would help if you could estimate the start up costs that are required. Are there absolute must have subscriptions, feeds, etc... ? edit no. 2 - is there a platform that I could trade with funny money (not real money) similar to forex platform? That way, I could similate trading without actual real losses.