I'm looking into exactly what it takes to achieve the exalted trader status and unlock the associated tax benefits. If I understand Robert Green and other experts correctly, trader status requires the following: 1) Execute 4 or more trades per day, holding each position for no more than a month. 2) Do step 1 four or more days per week, avoiding lapses in trading activity. 3) Trade during a span of at least 4 hours on those four or more trading days per week. 4) Losses should not exceed wins in number. Those are a lot of criteria to meet! There's no way I could achieve this with my normal trading approach. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience engineering strategies to hit all these points. I've thought of an idea, but am not sure if the IRS will go for it: Program an automated system (through Sierra Chart or some software like that) to buy 1 share of an inexpensive commission-free ETF once every hour during the trading day. Place the orders with attachments to liquidate at a limit price of 1 tick profit. Close any open positions, eating the occasional loss at the end of 30 days. Alternatively, one could do the same thing but with an inexpensive option contract that expires within 30 days. That isn't commission-free, but the cost of placing these cheap option bets is less than the normal tax burden without trader status. It seems to me that would meet the standards for trader status without costing much or anything. But will the IRS buy this? It seems pretty obvious that this is shameless fenagling (admirable if achieved with impunity, as Edgar Allan Poe says).