Bit of a general one, and hope you can all help me out here. Basically, i'm just getting my feet wet in the markets, and looking to get into trading.
What i'm wondering now is, what would be the SMARTEST way to start my learning?
The idea of trading for an income (don't ask my starting capital), has me hooked, yet although i'm itching to get into it, i've also gained a healthy fear of how hard, long and daunting this task is likely to be (like years.....maybe my next incarnation ..... but i know that this goal IS possible )
So what would be the best way to get into it? I'm interested in being a short-term technical trader to suit the lifestyle i want (if you're not one yourself i'd still very much value your opinion).
A few options have pricked my ears, most notably the Hometrader course. It's a pricey start (around $7000 which includes software) but it seems to have a lot of support and the biggest draw; FACE-TO-FACE mentoring one-on-one.
I've also looked at Protrader (cheaper, and tutoring available but you still don't have someone sitting next to you explaining it all). Also, there was a JustShares course for under 1k that didn't include any software tools to help with the charting but basically a homeschooled method of learning.
The reason i mention some of the courses is that would it be better to fork money to one of these groups for the training, and then building up the knowledge base from that (or even during it) or jumping in both feet and learning from the school of hard knocks?
Anyway, i've read some of the posts and you guys mention quite a number of different software packages and training, but what are the thoughts on the above? (anything at all, but specifically Hometrader if anyone had any experience with them).
Cheers for the feedback. Apologies for the long post, there is waaaaay too much to talk about just starting out.
p.s. if the replies could be objective that would be good. it's nice to see 'this or that' for opinions but WHY 'this or that' is what i'm looking for. cheers again!