Starting from me, I entered around 2005 when I was a University Student and my field is not related to Finance or Commerce. My first entry was Diolog Telekom IPO which I had a decent return about 40% within few weeks.I was less active around 2007/2008 because of my studies and of cause that was a long bear period, and then re entered around late 2008 and early 2009.
I used to read some local and international publications,articles etc. to gain more knowledge about capital market investments, but for me nothing could replace the experience that I learnt from my mistakes,though they cost at times.
Then comes the online forums, I used to follow two of them and now this forum.I must say that reading other members experience,views,analysis really took me to the next level of insight in this game.
I also should say that brokers advice never worked for me.
How about you friends?