Opened my trading account today!!! The initial euphoria of it tickled me. Talk about cheap thrills LOL. I had struggled so hard with picking the right broker for me at this time, that I think finally picking one sent me into pure bliss mode.
I picked TDA over SureTrader and E*Trade because I like the flat rate, and free software, free level II, no $ surprises and no monthly fees. I didn't want monthly fees while I'm learning.
Since I don't plan on shorting for awhile so I went with the cash account instead of the margin. There is no PDT Rule on cash accounts. I want to be completely familiar with trading before I try shorting.
My initial strategy is: to build my confidence; build my account; follow the rules; learn discipline and patience; master the platform; master self. One day at a time.
After the initial euphoria faded, it was replaced with overwhelming and uncomfortable nervous energy. I'm usually really calm, so that surprised me. I think maybe I'm overwhelmed by how much I still need to learn. I don't think I erred in opening the account, I just need to remind myself that just because I can trade, does not mean I should. Take it slow & learn.
I find I'm having a lot of discussions between Me, Myself and I, these days. Kinda strange LOL.