Hello everyone (First post!) I've had some interest in the stock market for quite some time but I never actually got into it. Now my girlfriend is studying finances in University and she got to go to a stock exchange simulation. She said it was absolutely amazing. Sparked my interest once again only this time I'm taking active steps to get into it. Thing is. I have no clue where to start. So I was wondering if anyone can provide me with a guide (or make one up on the spot!) of what steps to take. For example -download this program (it allows you to play with fake cash to learn) -listen to this podcast, read these articles, watch this youtube 101 video -open up account here -avoid this, it's a scam or they take a huuuge commission etc etc As you can see I'm in no position to begin trading. Which is exactly why I'm posting this here. I want to learn, practice and train for at least a year before I put even a buck into stocks. Few details about me. I live in Canada I started a small business last year. I'm starting a much better version of it now. Should be operational in 11 months. That means I currently have no money to spare (yet!). So! Once again. Any help to get me on the right path would be greatly appreciated.