Retired EE (Electrical/Electronics) Engineer. Life member of IEEE. Have had very good luck in mutual funds over the last 8 years (I was a defense analyst for 20- years), and decided to try my hand at "investing". Turns out my time horizon is short enough that my interest is more in line with swing or position trading, and MAYBE options (but probably not futures). Update: Have been trying options for about 10 months. First six months were pretty much learning, then had very good success until about Dec., 2013 when it went way south. Am clawing back now, using a combo of recommendation sites, and my own brand of "vetting". Things are beginning to go better again, but it'll take a while to catch up from the hits taken.