Not All Day Traders Are Looney Tunes

The instant I heard an Atlanta day trader had killed himself and nine others last July, I thought: Of course. To me, day trading was an occupation for the misinformed, the idiotic, the desperate. Then, 11 days later, I heard from George Henel. "I am a day trader," his e-mail began. "I don't have spiked hair or a flashy sports car, but I make about 1% daily." I wondered: Could this be true?

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