What does it take to become an algorithmic trader 'hotshot'? My guess is creativity. All these people who walk on trampled paths make me wonder who set them on this track the first place. For instance why does nobody use fundamental & technical data? Why does nobody try to model behaviour? Why does nobody use AI for riskmanagement? Why does nobody use agent design for microstructures? Why aren't there loads of papers on news sentiment interpretation? etc.etc. Perhaps there are a few who work on these things, but I haven't seen many of them. Instead people look at fibonacci ratios, Elliot-Wave-Theory, Candlesticks, Indicators and whatnot. There are the chartists and value fundamentalist, but to me it doesn't make sense why people don't work together and produce testable, quantifyable ideas.