I enjoy reading the SMB blog and try to stay up on it. I try to be fair and balanced because I never know where my next opportunity might come from. But, this lead-in is a bit over the top... Prop traders are the truest of entrepreneurs. We eat what we kill. We do not have clients. We do not sell anything or organize to sell something to someone else. No one in 13 years of trading has ever called or emailed or IMd my desk with a trading tip. Our pay is based solely on our trading skill and not gaining information that others do not have http://www.smbtraining.com/blog/our-interesting-times-of-risk It sounds like they claim they don't sell anything but they do sell their training and other services. Logic dictates that this implies they aren't prop traders or the statement is a false. In fact, this post links to a page where one can buy options training. So, has anyone taken the options training? Does it teach you market making or other non retail strategies? It seems to me anything beyond simple directional options trading is best left to the specialist.