One thing that troubled me slightly: I have seen Oliver Velez given presentations on his methods: 1) In person (I had shaken that guy's hand), 2) In his DVD products, 3) In webinars. Almost every time, he came up with something that perhaps was just for a cheap laugh... He said (something to that effect): There is an approximately 2 hour period every trading day (usually around 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST) that the market is quiet. Doldroms. Why? Because most market makers (and he would make some impressions that they all have big bellies and love to eat)... would go out for a 2 hour lunch (everyday). They would leave the helm to some junior traders. "Make sure that you don't touch anything until I come back!" I don't know any market maker personally. What do you think? Do market makers (or specialists) go out for 2 hour lunches? Everyday? I thought to myself: ARE YOU KIDDING? When I trade, I woudn't even want to go to the bathroom. Leaving the trading screen for a 2-hour lunch is unimaginable. Especially if I am obligated to trade to make a market. Anything can happen during any trading day. If I go out for a 2-hour lunch, come back and find that I have lost $10,000 because I was not there... that would be hell of an expensive lunch! I can only imagine that most of them might each a sandwich or something at their desk most of the time. The main reason why we have a doldrums period is that most of the orders from the morning have already been filled. And most of the investors/traders are out at lunch so not many new orders come in during this period. Do you go out for a full lunch everyday, as a career trader?