I have been trading stocks since I was 15 years old. Everything I know about trading is from watching the tape for 1000's of hours and reading trading / investing books and online information. Everything I have learned trading has come from "real life" trading experiences. Meaning, I am a homegrown trader with no formal training. I started with $1,500 in an online account and have now grown that to a considerable sum through the years (paid a lot of tax too). I used to trade like an idiot and had no idea what I was doing. I lost money, made money, got lucky and eventually started to "get it". I have been high and I have been low - but I am still standing.