The trades I post here will be swing trades. As I post more trades, I will make notes on how I play my average pick, and I will also make notes on how I play certain individual picks. Some trades will be for positions I hold for 1 to 5 days. Some trades will be for positions I will hold upto 6 months. Generally, I like to buy and sell mid afternoon - between 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM EST. I like to go "all in", meaning I risk nearly 100% of my paper money each day. And, I use loose stops. My long term goal is 2.5% (5% with margin) per trading day. However, I am currently content with 1% per day (2% with margin, per year). I shoot for 10% to 20% per return on each stock pick. I will post more details about my system as time goes on. In a day or two, I will post 5 to 10 picks for stocks that will do well for the next few weeks or months. First Disclaimer: As I start this journal, I am not currently trading with real money (I'm still learning my system), and I am not offering investment advice. Additional Disclaimer: All of the examples presented in this post do not imply investment or speculation recommendations or commentary on the prospects of these companies or stocks. The sole purpose of my post is a stock market diary for myself!