In a never ending quest to constantly adapt myself to the markets as the markets see fit I am going to try and lose as much money as i can in the shortest amount of time. Being a trend follower i have been able to make some decent money, but I am constantly plagued with the "what ifs." I think of the stock market as a big checkbook that gets balanced at every filled bid and offer. So with that in mind I want to try an experiment that digs deep into my fears as a trader. Fear 1 - Earnings Reports: * Long or short highly volatile stocks that the media has been pumping or dumping. * Purchase them the night before earnings and hold them into the close of the next day. * Long or short will be determined by the opposite of majority media sentiment. i.e. if media analysts love aapl then the sentiment is positive therefore I will short it. Fear 2 - Helicopter Ben: * Pick the direction that is opposite the 10 day moving average and go long or short the S&P 500 using SPY. * Purchase at the end of day before the announcement. Fear 3 - Buying the Top: * Long or short any stock that has gapped and closed 5% or more and has a stock price over $80. * Purchase at the end of gapping day and hold until close of following day. * Long or short in direction of gap. I am going to use all of my capital and margin to get into these trades. I am going to try to stick to only one fear per day so i will have to sell the previous days position a few mins before the market closes so that i can get the new position on. Any questions, comments or ideas are greatly appreciated.