A Good Day to you all. I am new to all of this and will come directly to the issue for me: I am investigating online trading as an option, 'swing' or 'day' trading interests me, I have used online an online platform (etoro) in 'demo' mode and taught myself very successfully. I was happy and confident with this stage of the learning process, the mechanics of trading the 'swing' and thought that being over sixty years old and a critical sceptic from my forty plus years of self employment and life's complex game of monetary musical chairs, I would look at the actuality in numbers. Now I chose crypto currencies as a target because they are highly volatile so plenty of swings. Insurmountable problem. The actual chart values top and bottom per 'swing' are massively different to the offered buy and sell prices on the platform, the platform (etoro) has to make money for sure, but in buying Etherium for example the differential is so great that one seems to be unable to make any real gains, buying price is $30 above spot, selling price also significantly below spot, apologies if my terms are incorrect I am not literate in terms yet. Now this 'Spread'(is that the term)? by the platform is only such on tradable 'stuff' so seemingly to block activity and encourage only 'hold' positions. Yes I could trade semi obscure Chinese manufacturers or Gold mining stocks where the 'spread' is negligible, the actual price buy and sell pretty well match the spot live prices but then the gain is so small you would need a very large investment to make gains. If I were to trade crypto with £2000/£5000 'bank' with swings of regular double digit percentage points and high initial prices (Etherium was the experiment) then all well and good, but stocks with low values and low volatility, well it's obvious isn't it. So checked other platforms, checked idea of live charts and buying elsewhere which doesn't seem to be possible (some only offer crypto for crypto and coinbase has reputational and speed issues it seems) so this seems to be the insurmountable problem. When I write this I sound so ridiculous, if it had been so easy everyone would be making fortunes 'swing' trading as I find the mechanics of prediction so obvious it's laughable, obviously then they will design a barrier. I am, by the way, massively risk averse hence leveraged trading is just not an option. I looked at fees and 'spread' (in my terms, the disparity between live chart buy and sell prices and platform or broker prices and fees) across all available vehicles to no avail, being in the U.K. some platforms are not available but I assume they would be the same (Webull etc). So, my thanks to anyone who read all of this absolute amateur nonsense and if anyone managed to and were so kind as to reply saying 'Yes you are an idiot and a waste of our experience and time' this would be appreciated so that I could close my file on 'swing trading' as a possibility of making additional income. My sincere thanks, it is not pleasant, but necessary to reveal myself as a complete idiot publicly on a forum to gain knowledge.