entering the markets. I am a senior in college with a background in computer engr. and mathematics and I am very new to this, but I am very willing to learn a lot and become succesful as a trader and investor. I have started by opening up an account with Scottrade, but I want an unbiased opinion about starting with a broker like Scottrade. I am thinking of buying software (such as VectorVest) that can help me to search for good stocks to buy/trade, so I need advise on this as well. Lastly, I am also looking for sincere advise on how to make trades, what kind of markets I should start off with, what I should look-out for in the markets or focus on, how soon I should open a margin account, or start trading options, recommended books or websites to read. I will appreciate all your feedback.