Hi all, just a short introduction of myself. I am 26 this year and learning how to trade for myself, i have read numerous books on trading and trading psychology and i am currently trading with TOS paper money a/c. however, i am thinkin of going live soon with a bit of money. my question to the more experienced traders is, how does your trading style get influence by performance of the major averages? my trading plan at this point in time is that i want to trade with the trend since i am a beginner,n i shouldnt try to devise any complicated trading plans, thus no osicallators and just monitoring of major averages (long when averages are up), basic spotting of support/resistance, volume plays, tight money mgmt.the time frame i used would be daily charts as my trend indicator, and to enter precisely with an hourly chart. i was initially thinking of doing daytrading as i think it wld enable me to learn more, but i do not have the 25,000 dollars i need to kickstart a daytrading a/c. that said, however, i will want to trade intraday professionally (for myself or hopefully a firm). i understand if i am doing swing trading now with average holding period about 2-3days, market noise intraday will not really affect my position trades, but if i were to scale down and do it intraday, how do u guys let the performance of the major average influence ur intraday styles? do u still try to short when the major averages are up (trading counter-trend) etc..? would really like to be enlighten on how the more experienced traders view this problem, as i never seem to be able to comprehend how to integrate that into intraday trading. it just seems that an infinite amount of work and to have 2 diff sets of trading plans prior to the opening. (1 for short, 1 for long) i might be wrong, so pls go easy on me. hope u guys can entitle me with ur experiences. thank u!