I have been trading for a little over a year and have just started to become profitable. What most people don't know is that on a per share basis most good day traders only make a little over a penny a share gross. So if a good trader does 1,000,000 shares gross they make $15,000 Well as a fairly new profitable trader I made .011 / share doing about 900,000 shares gross .011 profit - .001 SEC & other bullshit fees - .0015 ecn fees ________ .0085 / share then i have to pay my damn broker .0045 / share. ** They are taking over 50% and what value do they provide...NONE! - no training - standard shitty prop support - any regular minimum wage person could give prop support and i know their costs around around .0005. This is simple not fair So now out of the .011 / share I am average all I get is .004. I do 900,000 shares, so I get $3600 - 300 for software and data = $3300. Shit, only $3,300. I barely have enough to pay rent, eat, and take out my overweight girlfriend. I am profitable but I am going to have to give this up soon. Becoming profitable is hard enough, but even getting ahead is probably just as hard Now if I could just eliminate the broker I might actually survive. And as my account gets bigger I can do more shares and increase profits, but at this margin. It is just so hard to get ahead.