Stay retail with your position trading, and when (or if) you decide to actually trade for a living....then and only then...do you want to make the leap to Proprietary trading. Most of the money made by professional traders, as Gene pointed out, is made by those who go home flat (except for pairs, etc.)...this includes Specialists and even most Market Makers. It is the Public and the Institutions who carry the overnight risk, and they are the people who take the losses. Professional trading takes many forms, but holding positions for the longer term is not one of them. My 2 cents worth is for you to stay retail unless you really decide to "go for it" - and there are 3 or 4 firms who can help you at that point. Good Luck!!