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January 18:  Recently the major online brokers have reduced their trade commissions to zero.  This gives traders a great opportunity to test their trading skills on real trades with modest amounts of risk.  You can now actually make a few bucks by trading one share for short term gains while getting real world experience with various trading systems.  

Also, don’t discount the value of short term scalp trades that only make one percent or so.  Making one percent every two weeks equals around 25% a year.  Sure you have to share that with the tax man, but you no longer have to also share it with your stock broker.