As I mentioned in my very first post about wealth creation, I have been a proprietary trader on Wall Street for several years before focusing exclusively on web development. My love affair with stocks, trading, and Wall Street started at a relatively young age. In fact, at the age of 16 while my friends were hanging out, I would spend my time reading the Wall Street Journal, trying to decipher financial jargon and understand how to make money trading. I was particularly fascinated with the latter. I wanted to try and make sense of the stock fluctuations, to find patterns and capitalize on them.
Back then commissions were very high when compared to what they are today. I remember being somewhat puzzled by such high commissions and how they could affect profitability on high frequency trading. I was also very curious as to how one could capitalize on fast moving markets if you had to call your orders in. Remember that back then there was no direct access trading available to the little guy. All of this intrigued me very much and I told myself one day I would learn how to make money trading.