Well, I won't go into the details but a sudden financial emergency (not due to trading) has taken the trading acount down below 25K (but not by much - I am at 23K). I've been a regular member and contributor here for about a year, but wanted to post this under a 'nom de plume' instead. Lately I've been having mediocre results and have been wanting to spend more time paper trading and developing/honing a better technique so I guess I got my wish huh? Now I have no choice since I am limited to only going long, no margin and 3 round trips per 5 days. Now, here's the request: Any 'good suggestions' on a technique for slowly getting the account back above 25K through trading? What would you do? Someone wag claimed I should check out KK as it always lagged behind and moved in lock step with some index. It will be several months before I can fund the account out-of-pocket to bring it back up, so I will be trying to identify some candidates for my 3-times-a-week trades. Truly, the trend is your friend motto is really before my eyes now! Please, save the comments like "if we knew the safest, surest method we would all be doing it". I just want to make very small, but very positve steps back to 25K with (obviously) continued great caution. I realize the chances of success of day trading from an account with a (seriously underfunded) balance close to 25K are pretty slim, but I at least have to get back to 25K, right? Baby steps and patience should get me back to 30-35K within 3-6 months. And no, I'm not giving up trading before I've really started- I'm not a giveup kind of person. The odds are against me but so what? The success that I have someday will be just that much sweeter, no? I am very determined to not be another 'failed day trader' statistic despite the current bleak circumstances. Most folks here have always been helpful and I wish to thank you in advance for that help. 'Underfunded Uncle'