I spent 15+ years in accounting and finance, mainly in financial analysis, reporting, auditing, and some tax preparation. I have a degree in finance and a CPA certificate, but no, I am not licensed to practice anymore. It was a personal choice. I was never thrilled with bean-counting, and my real interest was in meteorology. Plus, the commitment to keeping up my license and dealing with the ridiculous changes in the tax code, financial reporting, and other aspects has me keeping my distance. Case in point, SOX, did wonders to stop our banking execs from defrauding and crashing our financial system. Yeah, right. How much did the legislation and enforcement cost the taxpayer vs. what the taxpayer received in return? Besides, I found out I am a better trader. Not quite meteorology, but on the west coast, I am done by 1pm, which leaves plenty of time for hiking and other outdoor activities. If you can appreciate nature, you will get more out life, and appreciate the things that matter to you the most. This is a perfect compliment to the rat-race and greed that envelope our markets on a daily basis.