I have recently started playing the market with small amounts of money. Sitting in a bank account will earn less than 1%. I have mad some and lost some, but in general, I have made more than the 1%. Most of us here sit at computers anyway and this is more fun and more profitable than the occasional free cell game. I keep the ticker running in the background and buy or sell as I choose. What a hoot! All this time I trusted my investments to mutual funds and the experts when I could've been having fun doing it myself. Scottrade offers $7 trades and as little as $500 can get you started. If anyone isn't doing this but is interested in getting started, send me a PM. If I refer someone both they and I receive 3 free trades from Scottrade.