What is better return on investment? Risk/Reward? 1- Keep a job that pays $100K a year and trade part-time making $150K to $200K. Promotions and rise in salary are not likely, maybe a 5% salary increase every 2 years from now on. 2- Quit my job. Do an M.B.A at Stanford (emphasis in Finance), do not trade as much for 2 years (too busy with school and projects), then find a Job at one of the big financial firms in NYC or Chicago. Give up $100K salary, probably give up $100K to $150K from trading and pay tuition+books $45K a year. Total approximate loss: around $500K 3- Quit my job. Do a Masters of Financial Engineering at Berkeley. Same as M.B.A. But only last one year. Therefore, Total approximate loss: around $250K With an MFE how long would it take to reash the $300K/year or $400K/year salary? What about an MBA from stanford? Both say in their website that the average starting salary after graduation is around $130K, but they have no statistics on where does it go from there. Even with an MBA I am interseted in working for financial companies only. Thanks, P.S. I don't expect a definite answer or to find the answer to my hesitation in this forum, but I just would like an opinion from people that have been in the industry for years and that will give me another perspective.