I'll be 24 in a month. Currently have about $30k in my brokerage, and around the summer of next year I'll put $50k in my acct. I have NO DEBT, and live with a buddy so if I cant pay rent at worst i'd move back w/ mommy til i'm back on my feet. My strategy will entail buying/ shorting the gap ups and gap downs, as well as scanning for the largest % gainers and losers at 10:00 am. why I've chosen gappers and high % winners: support/resistance and price action is more predictable w/ high VOL. starting equity: $50k with $200k buying power. max per position size: $25,000. $10-$20 stocks will most likely have 1000 share sizes. lower volitility = more shares, but most gappers won't exceed 1000 unless its an under $10 stock. Max stop loss per position will NOT exceed $300. Not sure what exactly it'll be yet. I do not plan on blowing out my account, b/c I will not continue if I get a 40-60% drawdown right away. I've been studying gappers and I feel I am beginning to strongly understand price action. Here's the kicker. I have a steady job at a bank making $42-$47k depending on bonus. I hate the 9-6 grind and I love trading. I feel I am young enough to try my stakes at what I love but I refuse to go prop. I'm going to trade retail with $50k. $45k just isn't enough for me. I'll never make $100k in banking, and I don't like my current lifestyle. When I end up quitting, I'll have 2 yrs experience in banking with my series 6 just renewed if anything goes wrong Thoughts ? Words of wisdom? Wish to talk me out of it ? I'm all ears. i appreciate your comments. $50k enough ?