2.c. Full-Time Trader who is trading stocks as a business. The IRS does have a classification for “Trading as a Business” where the Full-Time or Semi-Professional Trader treats his trading as a small business and can deduct trading expenses, computers, office space, etc. as business expenses.
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Ask for the credentials of the instructors, make sure they have more than just some personal trading experience. As an example, do they know the current Market Structure? Does the training cover the 9 Market Participant Groups, the 6 Market Conditions, Dark Pools, High Frequency Traders, and modern automated Market Order types? Often times what is being taught is a very basic Strategy that has no empirical evidence, OR that only works some of the time.