When I trade big positions, I'm a permabear. Simply because of fear of a catastrophe in the stock market. This of course limits my entry opportunities by roughly HALF therefore cutting my potential gains severely. Especially during a bull market. It also gives me peace of mind and that in my humble opinion is priceless. You might ask yourself why would you limit yourself like that ? Good traders should be able to play the market both ways. Well, I've never seen a market spike up all of the sudden for an insane number of points. On the other hand, there has been many documented crashes in history. Frankly, I've never been caught in one of those awful moments. Honestly, when was the last time you woke up to a 10% upside move in the indexes. Yes, market crashes are rare but when they happen no market stop order will save you. Especially when trading futures. Imagine doing 10-20 or more contracts long and all of the sudden a catastrophe occurs. That would certainly wipe you out. I'm not advocating this trading style. Simply confessing and looking for suggestions. Any comments appreciated.