I thought I'd ask a trading question in its own thread rather than the existing thread re "Self fulfilling prophecy". I have almost finished reading my first book on trading, "share Trading" by Guppy. It has answered the question that was in my mind and the purpose for my reading the book. That question being " Is share trading something I have the ability and the desire to pursue ?" The answer seems to be "Yes". Now rather than read twenty books before I start paper trading, I want to start paper trading now so I can reinforce my learning and see my increasing knowledge being enacted. This will make it easier to carry on learning. And this leads me to my questions. 1. While I am just paper trading is there a source of data that I can obtain for free rather than fork out $500 per annum. If I have to pay so be it. 2. Guppy talks about trading a sector that you know / have an interest in. He had an interest in propsecting and so felt comfortable with mining stocks. I have work in property for 12 yrs in varying capacities, the assets mostly being owned by LPTs. I guess I could look at this sector. I am curious as how others have chosen a sector or if you trade asx 200 etc. Just looking for a different perspective. Cheers.