Hi, After ten years or so of reasonably success trading shares (average 15% gain p/a) it seems I've decided to flush my money down the futures drain. I'd been placing small (couple hundred $) bets using a CFD account that let me trade mini's (ES and Gold) for the last couple of years and was up on those too. Then, when gold hit $1900 I went long and rode it (or it rode me?) down to $1700 before I gave up and let my stop get hit. Then reasonable success buying out of the money calls as the gold price drifted up (using the options to limit exposure to wild swings). Then this week I go full retard again, buying 1.5 minis at 1790, getting stopped at 1760, buying again at 1762, getting stopped at 1739, buying again yesterday at 1760 and losing my nerve, selling at 1762 only to see the price close for the week at 1790 odd again. I am the idiot that buys at the top and sells at the bottom. Almost $20k down in three months. Now I know that the easy answer is to stop. Walk away. Spend my money on something more fun. F*ck that. I want to learn. Can anyone suggest where to start my education. Looking primarily for a couple of good books. My intention is to identify a trend (gold rising) and then follow it, buying the dips and selling the peaks. Thanks.