A few of you may remember way back when, I opened a thread called MY PLAN, which you can read here: http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=161449&highlight=my+plan Well, I thought I would give an update as to how things turned out. I sold all the real estate I owned except for one house which is on the market now. If I sell that final house I will take that money and buy one in another town which I'd rather live. I'm very glad I sold all of the real estate, it all was a headache. I doubt very many of you have owned four houses, but believe me its hard to maintain them all. The fact that their all in different states adds to the difficulty. After I sold the houses for about 650 k I put about a third of that in spy, a third in dia, and a third in a basket of stocks that I chose. I am up 29 percent at the time I am typing. I just wish I could of unloaded the real estate sooner, because I only participated in half this rally. I was planning to trade 55k. Well that 55 k turned in to 60 k by the time I with drew it. I decided to pay off some of my moms debt, spend a few thousand on a few things I needed and a few things I wanted, trade with 25k and leave the rest in a bank account. I have been trading since june and I am up 5k at time of typing. I swing trade stock and options and choose quality stocks for the long term. The former I do with 25k and the latter I do with about 300 k. I am so glad I didnt listen to all the garbage advice I got here. If I would have kept the real estate where would I be now? So many morons said KEEP THE REAL ESTATE. They thought the housing market would outperform the stock market. VERY WRONG. Stocks are up over 50%, real estate has gone NOWHERE. I am going to start a journal of my trades that I make with my 30k. I will do all my trades real time. Dont you think it will be cool to watch how an 18 year old trades?