Hello everyone. I guess I am the newest member to Elite Trader. I have been reading the post for a couple of days now so I decided to sign up and ask my question. Here goes. I am very new to the trading arena, but not the stock market. I have been a financial planer for the last year. (Series 6 not 7) I just became sick of cold calling people all day long to try and make money by selling them on the fact that I know what to do with there money. In my opinion no one should use financial planners (only an opinion). Anyway with my refusal to cold call I found myself unable to meet my monthly quota for new accounts. For this reason I was, letâs just say temporarily let go.(Who Cares!) I have been reading many books about trading and what I have found is that even with my knowledge of the stock market I have no idea of how to trade stocks. I have been learning so many new things it blows my mind. I want to start trading. Right now I will do it full time until I go back to work in a couple months. I would eventually like to trade full time, but I know that I have a long way to go before I reach that point. My question is where do you think I should start? Let me say this, I have $5,000 I am going to put in a trading account. I know that this is not much but it is all I have for right now. I could margin that amount to 10,000 dollars but then I would be limited to trading only 3 times per week. Or I could just trade my cash and trade as much as I want, (remember I am not working). I want some open opinions. What should I trade? Stocks? I am really not sure if $5,000 is enough to trade stocks even though that is my area of strength. Options? Really not my strong area but I can learn fast. I know a guy who trades options and does very well. I donât know him well enough to have him help me out. Futures? I have heard this might be the way to go because of my account value but I really do not have much futures knowledge, may be some could help me out. I mean this $5,000 dollars is just some play money and I want to use it to trade. What should I do to get started? I only ask these questions because I have read many books and I feel that none of them get to the point about how much money is needed to trade. I mean I have heard $25,000, $50,000, and much higher. But all I have is $5,000. Does this mean I should not even try to trade? Now you know how much money I have so you could probably give me some great ideas. Anything helps. I want to try and be successful like everyone else on Elite Trader. Tell me the good and the bad. I am ready to listen and learn. Thank in advance, Sharp P.S. You guys who trade for a living ROCK! I wish I could be like you.