When it comes to trading and investing in the markets, I think most people would accept that thereâ€™s a natural order to the learning process. Most people start with stocks. In many cases, the first trades are in smaller-cap stocks. Then, as they start to get a handle on their objectives and how the markets work, they might consider other vehicles. Index trackers like the QQQs and DIAs and SPYs are one logical step. Options usually come second, and then things like futures/commodities if tradersâ€™ educational thrust takes them down that path.