I hope to retire soon. ETA is now September 1, 2013. Oops, I didn't make it. My contract got extended. Let's go with January, 2014. Oops, missed again. Try Fall 2015. I started trading stocks (and investing?) just since May of 2011, and I love it. This is what I want to do when I grow up. I'm panicked now (September, 2013) because I still don't take any of this seriously. I do things for the stupidest reasons. As of Summer 2015, I'm into selling options; mostly puts, put spreads, and recently iron condors.