I spent money on a course with Online Trading Academy. Im not sure if it was costly or not but they did teach me things I did not know and they did teach good strategy with stocks as well as Forex. They also have a community of professional traders (verified) to assist you with the needed knowledge. They offer a free half day class that intrigued me and I eventually felt their knowledge and lifetime access was worth the price paid. I am just starting out this year, not doing very good yet (great job vontogr!!! I hope to have that sort of ability in the near future) I hope that by practicing what I learned and staying current in places like this that I will be able to use trading as a retirement source of income. I agree there is most of what I learned in class available on the internet but having the information presented in a classroom environment is what gave me the confidence to know what is viable information out there and what is crap. Investopedia is a good source of research knowledge, this site is great for statistics and data but really getting out there and trading with a practice account on a regular basis has been my greatest confidence boost in practice of the information I absorbed.