Hi All, I am new to this forum, but have been reading posts all night. I am planning to start day trading full time in about 18 months. I am currently reading lots of books, reading forum posts (like this), and practicing with a sim account in daytrading when I can. A little background here. I am tired of the corporate world and know that I need a change. Since I was little, I have been fascinated with the stock market. When I start, I will have $60k to use while day trading. My wife has a good job and can take over all of the benefits I have at my current job. I plan to reduce our expenses before I quit to keep the overhead low. She should be able to cover the majority, if not all, of the expenses. I have realistic expectations with trading. I don't plan on becoming a millionaire anytime soon. I know there are plenty of learning experiences in which I may lose money. One of my other goals is to have extra time with my family. So I think this will fit in well with what I want to do. Finally, I don't want to have a boss who tells me what I need to do and how I can do it better. I don't handle people with authority very well. So I have a couple questions for all of you day trading guru's if you don't mind. 1. What is the best firm to use for day trading? I want access to Level 2 quotes. I have E-Trade in mind, but there may be something better out there? 2. What is the best book you can recommend for a beginning day trader? 3. Being that I have a year and a half before I get into this, what recommendations do you have for me to prepare? There is nothing that anyone can say to deter me from trying this, so please keep any comments positive. I know what I am up against.