I’m Out In The Boonies. What Should I Do?

I received this email yesterday.

I am considering signing up for the remote SMB Foundations program. But I am concerned about the technology I would need to get full advantage from the program. I live in rural Texas, and my tools are caveman-primitive compared to those of your traders in NYC. I have a Windows desktop, a 3 mb/sec DSL line, and a laser printer. That’s it. Would it be a waste of my time and money to sign up?

Good questions. There are minimum requirements for computers and internet connectivity that we suggest that you have in order to be trading live. And certainly you should have these for the training program as well. But it is not as high end as you would expect. A “light” platform will not use huge resources and the VPN connection requires about 1.5mbps. Also, we suggest that those that go through the training program consider spending a few weeks in NYC on the desk to better understand SMB’s culture and how our traders work on a daily basis to develop trading skill.

These are the basic computer requirements we recommend for trainees.
  • Processor: 2 GHz or higher (dual or quad-core preferred)
  • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
  • Operating System: Windows XP or later
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Hard Drive: 300MB free space
  •  Cable Modem or DSL with speed of 3 Mbps
If you have any questions about training contact [email protected]

Steven Spencer is the co-founder of SMB Capital and SMB University and has traded professionally for 16 years. His email is [email protected]

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