I got interested in trading recently and want to get in on the action. I have started reading on general topics in finance, but I'm starting to get bored since I can't see how it will help me be a better investor. Q1: do the basic topics in finance help me at all, or is it just there to help me understand all the financial jargon? I have a bit more than $10k extra after paying off tuition and rent and it will hover around that number for the next few years (income from my co-op job will just be enough to pay off my expenses). Since I have no clue what I'm doing, I will probably risk around $2k at first. Q2. as a novice, what are some good places where I can start? Q3. can strategy be learned from books, or is it developed through experience? If it is the latter, are there at least books out there that can help me think like a trader and develop my own strategy? Other general advice for a novice is highly appreciated as well.