I made the MME this year for 2002 and on. I have been giving some thought to things that I could get now and deduct later that might improve my trading, my life, etc. Here is a small list I pulled from a tax booklet for day traders: publications: $860 research: $775 continuing education: $1500 ISP Fees: $240 Charting: $865 Chat Room Feeds: $1050 Level II Fees: $2900 ------------------------ Total: $ 8190 Have any of you traders with Mark to Market actually claimed that much in itemized deductions. I sure would like to hear if you did and also if this list/example doesn't cover all the possible deductions. What about something like a new laptop? I suppose the real answer to this question lies in what deductions self employed people can take. As "self imployment" status is one of the things you as a trader are electing by filing the MME.