I interned at a firm this summer. They have a big Nasdaq desk (Market makers in over 3,000 stocks I belive). They also have a growing listed desk as well. There was this one trader who was not on the nasdaq desk nor the listed desk. I worked with him for a few weeks. What did he do? He had free will to do whatever he wanted. He was salaried and made around 500-700k a year from what I heard. If you wanted to make money (personally) all you had to do was take the other side of his trades How is that for a job? Being able to trade whatever you want (and in huge size sometimes) with virtually unlimited buying power and no risk to yourself.