As usual, I agree with Zman492's comments, Living and playing in the academic world is a lot different than reality, playing in a bull market always changes as the bears come in for a while.
In my 40+ years on Wall Street, I've met many who had a new "system", or a "special strategy" and there was those that could program anything or could be build great algorithms, but in most cases, as the markets shifted so did their success.
My London trader could easily earn a quarter of mil a month, while it was common for my floor people to bring a hundred thousand in the same period, the only system they has was they were all good tape readers in both good and bad markets.
I wish you well in your endeavor, just remember to be careful and if your good at it, there's no need to brag and tell others about it.
from THE STREET