Yeah, wish I was in 10 years ago. But as the old saw goes: wish in one hand, poop in the other, and see which fills up first.
For research thus far, I've gone through all the tuts and guides at sharebuilder, tdwaterhouse, ameritrade, etrade, and schwab, then doing screens and research through sharebuilder, yahoo!finance and thestreet. I had been musing about starting up a retirement fund, but slowly in $50-$100 increments. But that was for later. Then, sitting bored out of my mind and flipping channels, I happen across this crazy man with sound effects and booyahs. That was about 3 weeks ago, and that's all it took to open that account, transfer $30 from checking over into a moneymarket, and begin the auto-sado/masochism required to research stocks, companies, etfs, and what to look for when given chart data.
Very nice, Ringo. Hope you do well!