I've traded for quite a few years now, I am starting to feel that common sense is a huge part of my strategy and what led to my profitability. For example, if you see a trend, you only look for trades in the same direction, if it is consolidating, you try to setup trades that are in confluence with the structure. If you see something changing in the charts, you stay out. "Common sense" may be experience? A feel for the charts? Knowing when to look for longs and shorts or both? Or is it learning to read the trend an art that is learnt with experience and cannot be 100% mechanically "strategized"? When I look at a chart, I know if a buy or sell would be good or even staying out of sometimes what I call a mess, no clear structure. Sometimes it's so simple I'm not sure why I took quite some time to become profitable, jumping from systems to systems, when actually it's the ability to read long/short/both or stay out? I trade in the Forex markets. What do you guys think?