Markets / Products / Instruments
What market/s will you trade? This is an important question. Will you trade Stocks, Options, Futures or Forex? If you trade Stocks will you trade a a list of your favorite tech stocks or are you scanning for the big movers of the day? If you trade futures, are you planning to trade the Emini S&P, Bonds or Crude Oil? If you are an equities options trader will you trade spreads, directional calls and puts?
Some traders trade multiple markets while others make a successful career out of trading only one single symbol. This will take some research on your part to figure out what your specialty will be. It is my opinion that trading one market and getting familiar with it will increase your probability of success more quickly. You can branch out later if you choose to do so.
Below are some links to help you get started in your research to discover what market fits you.