Quick info about me; I'm 30 - full time job as a network engineer, and i need to start transitioning away from that industry and planning a retirement at the same time. I could be considered an OCD/ADD min/maxer type of personality that must not sleep until i figure everything out... I've started lurking the investment forums to see what itâs all about and I think it might fit my personality. (Sitting at a computer for long hours learning everything there is to know about something.) Trouble is - I have to keep my day job, and I donât have tons of capital to start with. 5k? So what Iâm looking for is a strategy for making a few trades a month - or even just one daily, maybe day trading down the road when I have the time and more experience. Blah Blah, the question is; Where do I start? I'm going to get active in forums and learn all I can from them. (I know to take everything with a grain of salt but they are helpful) A book to familiarize myself with terms and lingo? Focus on stocks, options, futures, forex? Are any of these available to me at night after work? Software or paper-trading simulation sites that are worthwhile? I'm not looking to jump in head first and start throwing my money around - Iâm looking to learn but I want to be focusing on a set strategy path that fits my lifestyle at the moment and Iâm unable to filter out all the complexities that donât apply to me at the moment. Thanks in advance to anyone who read all this and took the time to point me in a direction you think is best. I know Iâm not alone in my situation and this will undoubtedly help many others lurking - trying to make sense of it all!