hello zill.here, people sounds rough. that's the way the world of finance is ...- i would say that understanding some maths is a good point. reading finance books and hard-studying, too.- but, you shouldn't think that you are going to find out recipes to make money in books. that's a matter of model calibration !- nor shouldn't you think that you would "consistently" male money applying a particular technique. it is a fast-paced and fast-changing environment.- on the other side, you will discover that you can implement very basic but profitable trading rules. the other day i was playing around with european rapeseed futures prices (please, don't laugh at me), and zscores (s.d). you actually can money with that ! (i ignore transaction costs and margins).- you should consider Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance in your reading list. i like very much when he speaks about the "randomity" of the markets. he then comment that the few funds that beat the market, do it "only by chance" (cf somewhere along the first chapters).- if you want to become a trader, you shouldn't let any doubt comes over you. you want to be a good trader, don't you? then, you will sure make money.- all that above IMHO.