Hello everyone, I am a beginner in the trading business and this is my first post. I have a couple of questions I would be grateful to hear practical advice on. Some background about me: I'm 23 years old, work full time as a programmer for a respected software house. Not long ago have I discovered stocks trading - and now it has evolved into a passion - I'm living and breathing it. Have thoroughly studied O'Neil whose strategy I find very sound and took a subscribtion to IBD. Have also read a number of other authors - Livermore (which I absolutely enjoyed), Darvas, Loeb, Schwagger, Turner, Link. For me it's not solely about money. I just want to learn this business and become good at it. Currently I am not doing any "real" trading because 1. Don't yet have a strategy or a plan. Actually I got so confused after studying all these works... Everybody's approach is so different and it's hard to choose one approach over another. 2. Decided to go with a simulator (wallstreetsurvivor) first so that I can test different approaches and get a feel for the market (I know it is nothing like real trading because of the psychological factor, but...) 3. Saving money for getting into the business. I would appreciate it if you could help me on these questions: 1. The most difficult thing at this learning stage is how to filter stocks. I would like to know how does an experienced trader form his list. Do you for example open FinViz and prepare your list for the next day based on certain criteria? What are these criteria? 2. How big is your list? How often do you change stocks on it? 3. How do you usually determine the entry point? Is it a pattern or a indicator signal (such as SMAs crossing?) Thank you in advance.