Just wanted to share something that I've figured out for an easy way to start trading or test new strategies without risking a large amount of money. I opened a small account at Interactive Brokers with about $5000. I signed up for their real time market data feed which is free if you have more than $30 in commissions a month. I downloaded "Medved Quotetracker" for free which will make real time charts with the data from IB. I also bought "SierraChart" for $40 for 6 months which will also work with the data feed from IB as well. SierraChart has the advantage of allowing you to save and print charts as well as read historical data. You can download some nice historical intraday data here for free: http://www.traders2traders.com./linkindex/Default.asp?CategoryID=3 If you have a small account with less than $25,000 you can't daytrade stocks. However you can trade futures with this small an account. Most of the futures trade with too much leverage which can result in some large losses until you know what you're doing. I just discovered the single stock futures where you can trade as small as 1 contract for 100 shares for $1 commission at IB. I checked most of them and what I found to have the smallest spread is MSFT futures. Now all I have to do is find a strategy/system that is relatively simple, reliable and will make a small amount of money for me. Once I get the feel of things I would hope to advance to better strategies and slowly increase the size of my trades. Would anyone have any suggestions for a strategy/system that I might try to start out with?