I started trading a year ago and thanks to some of the advice here on ET I tried trading the ETFs. WOW these are so much more smooth to trade. I hold positions overnight, but I still scalp a little if I get the windfall profit. Another thing I noticed is since they dont really rip around I can use nearly any execution platform around! Even my ameritrade account! I did notice the spreads seem a little wide at times, but when I stand my ground with bids and offers i generally get filled. I just wanted to share, I was about to give up trading and become a 9 to 5 man again, but I think I have been set on the right course now.