Bought my first stock at age 14 (parents wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas, asked for stock in local utility company, because it had a higher dividend than the bank savings account I had). Became a stock broker in 1972. Worked as portfolio manager for some of the larger brokerage firms until 1990. Started my own trading firm in 1990, had seat on Midwest Stock Exchange (now Chicago Stock Exchange). Still manage portfolios and day trade.