Yes, you heard correctly: I'll pay a $10,000-$50,000 cash bounty to whoever can introduce me to the right trading firm. Dead serious. I've become acquainted with many great guys through ET over the years, and that's exactly who this post is directed at. If I'm 'just another anonymous guy on the internet' to you, you probably won't be able to take this post seriously enough to get in the running for this little bounty. OK, here's the story: I've gone through many sharp ups and downs over my lifetime, and 2008 definitely qualifies as the latter. I'm not talking about mentally, Praise Rand- Just trading wise. I've come to the conclusion that trading in near-complete isolation, in an environment completely devoid of other top traders, is just killing my bottom line. I've been putting off seeking a better trading environment (until now), since I was trying to avoid the commute into Chicago every day. Now I'm thinking that signing on with the right Chicago firm may be in my best interests (and theirs) after all. If I find an <b>ideal</b> firm elsewhere in the world, I'd even consider joining them too. ***IMPORTANT: I have to mention a few facts about my career history, just to show that I'm not some wannabe piker with nothing to bring to the table. I know that bragging is in very bad taste, and that's really not what I'm trying to do here. Disclosing a few quick stats just seems unavoidable.*** When I was trading at Schonfeld, I rapidly rose to top. (Schonfeld-Chicago's 2nd highest Golden Age earning trader, out of over 120 guys- Second only to Dmitry himself.) In isolation, there's simply no 'top' for me to rise to, if you understand what I mean. <b>I'm hoping to find a firm containing a solid proprietary edge and multiple big hitters.</b> For example- A Chicago Equities/Futures/Options firm (any of these will do, as I'm experienced in pretty much everything but forex) with 60 traders: 2 or 3 of them pulling in 7-figures, and 3 to 6 more of them pulling in heavy 6-figures annually. They have some sort of widely undiscovered proprietary arbitrage software, or some other type of unique edge, ideally with an intra-day time frame. Whatever those top guys are doing, I'd expect to quickly learn to do it too, and at their level of effectiveness. Highly successful firms of this kind are out there, believe it or not. I just need to find one. Whether I'd be trading firm capital or my own is a relatively minor detail- Either way works for me. Such a firm could gain an ever-ambitious 33 y.o. trader who's put up 8-figures gross over the course of my career. Everything I've said here can be backed up with tax returns, or any other requested documentation. Here's what YOU gain from making this introduction on my behalf: Should I decide to join the firm and everything seems to be working out for the first few weeks, you'll be paid $5,000 cash, exactly one month from the day I start working at this new position. If I'm still there after six months of my start date, you'll then receive another $5,000 cash payment. In addition, for the next four years, every time I put up a 7-figure year (not unrealistic- I've already put up three such years, plus last year when I came within just $50K of hitting $1 mil.), you'll be paid another $10,000 cash. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions, either in this thread or in response to the impending flood of PM's. I'm sure there will be a handful of ET members who will take joy in reading this post- perhaps even thinking it 'pathetic'... All I can say is, I'm so happy I was able to bring some measure of good cheer into your wonderful lives! Edit: In pre-emptive response to all the guys asking "How do I know you're not gonna weasel out of paying the bounty...?" I have the pattern recognition skills to determine fairly accurately whether a guy is the type to honor his word, or if he's destined to welch instead... You're a career trader, right? Can't you do it too?