I wanted to start this thread..as I believe this might be a common question and some may be intimidated to a point of not asking. I hope this thread helps you. I am a believer that one of the factors is to find a way to trade that fits your abilities, needs and preferences. To understand this many people go through years of trading and I suppose the pro's can just about adapt to any sytem or methodology. They seem to be able to recognize the character of the system and the instrument and adjust...kinda' like a chameoleon. Now they too have a favorite "way" to trade, but it does not matter as they can consistantly make profit. I know what I "like" in a "way" to trade now. I feel that I am half way there. I simply started out saying..."I want to make the most money...holding time, frequency of trade, drawdown, win rate and avg. win/loss ratio did not matter....whatever pays the most! I will adapt! Now that I know this is wrong due to emotional factors that I am constantly trying to control, I want to ask the readers of this thread for some help. Also share where you are in this realization that I am discussing here. Here is my criteria: 1)SP E-Mini is the Instrument 2)Intraday w/no overnight holds 3)frequency of trade 0-25 times a day or more, I like to have at least 1 trade every 2 days at the least. 3)High win/rate and an avg. win/loss ratio to pay for the commish and remain consitantly profitable would be fine. This win/loss ratio does not need to be high, just enough. 4) purely mechanical without discretionary decisions....just mechanical...buy now...add to.....sell half.......sell....sell now...no skirming in the seat...just press buttons. 5) anticipatory with signal delivery to allow the execution at the signal price with a minimum of slippage. 6) MOST IMPORTANT....I WILL SACRAFICE MORE PROFITABLE WAYS TO TRADE....IN RETURN FOR CONSISTANT SMALL PROFITS WITH THE MINIMUM OF DRAWDOWN. If I wish to make more money, perhaps after 6 mo's or 1,000 trades, I will have the confidence to increase my lot size. My tools include: 1) Jtrader with 5.90/RT all fees...(no monthly fee either) 2) Investor R/T 3) E-sig 4) 3 laptops: 1(p4)w/win XP pro.... 1(pentium2)w/win 98,.... 1 (pentium2)w/win 98. 5) dsl 6) cable Well....have at it.....lets see if we come up with anything.... Michael B.