What is the average lifestyle like for someone that makes a basic living through short forex trades? As in, what degree of skills are required to reach a point where 10k~20k a year is fair game? I am a bit more dedicated than the average person, I excel and learn very quickly and have since I was a child. I have been quite interested in forex for a number of years and want to merge it with my love of bitcoin, but my forex skills and understandings are much further behind my bitcoin skills. To what extent do you need to understand currencies and currency valuation before you can predict patterns with reasonable accuracy? How do people understand the phenomenon that produce spikes, slow growth, steady growth, etc? I have done enough reading and digging to look to the last decade's results, but it seems like there has to be some consistent staples and guidelines for expecting currency growth. Any advice appreciated. I'm already self-sustaining and am a minimalist with low needs, so this is something I can do freely without a lot of concern or chances of losing very much, considering I have a history of finding the signal:noise ratio quite quickly.