I know that you are paper trading right now but looking at your posistion: # AAPL STOCK QTY: -520 shares # Aug 09 145 Call QTY: -36 # Aug 09 155 Call QTY: +14 # Aug 09 180 Call QTY: +1 # Oct 09 145 Call QTY: +36 Is this realistic? Whenever you place real trades in your account with real money are you going to be trading those sizes? If not, then you are not helping yourself at all by paper trading. You are just playing for fun. If you are going to start our with a live account with 100,000 then paper trade with 100,000. If you are going to go live in the future with 10,000 then paper trade with 10,000. You will not be helping yourself at all if you dont take it serious. Just a suggestion, i will keep an eye on this thread and participate as much as possible.