I recently retired and am interested in learning more about trading. I used to dollar cost average into a diversified portfolio managed by a financial adviser, but ended that relationship after almost half of my account disappeared during the 2007/2008 decline. Since then, I have tried some stock-picking services with marginal results and am mostly in cash. Now that I have more time, I would like to trade on my own. I am interested in all forms of trading including long-term, short-term, stocks, ETFs, bonds and options. I am reluctant to trade futures or forex due to what I have read about the risk. I believe in education and am not naive enough to believe I can learn everything out of a book, although I have read several on investing. I am willing to pay for the education if I can find someone who is a successful trader. I live near St. Louis, but could travel for training if necessary.