Well... this isnt an easy question... There are many different types of traders. Short Term, Swing or Long term... Full time or part time... Stock, options or futures... etc etc. Normally i'm trading stocks very short term (holding from 10-15 seconds to couple of hours). But DATC is an exception..
Anyway.. back to your question... Usially you start learning on your own... picking the stocks you known for a while... trying to trade swing/long term... As for full time daytrading... i think that it is much more difficult to learn... and requires some specific education.. Check out www.mtrader.com They teach you the 'tools of trade' and provide help and support during your learning process... As for starting ammount... Well good news are that for daytrading you need significantly less capital than for swing/longer term trading.. Because the turnaround of money is so quick.. you sometime strade 10-50 times ammount of your capital.. I believe 10k is good ammound for the first few months... while you are learning and prone to take many mistakes and suffer losses.. as for Broker.. i suggest checking out www.mbtrading.com (thats the one i use). Full access to ISLD and ARCA books (soon REDI and INCA also). Great software, excellent customer support and best of all.. while you are learning they have special promotion of $5 commision for the first 2 months (with 300 shares or less).
So thats the scoop... Let me know if you have any other questions..
you have to be the most obsessed short I have ever witnessed on any board. Either that or you are some pawn trying to get the stock down for a buyer. I don't think you could be the buyer yourself because you represent yourself so unintelligently. Get a life you moron and do something productive with yourself. if you don't like the stock move on.