Since I began trading in Summer 2004 at the age of 21 I have mostly lost money. But I had a decent Feb and here are the results. I trade NDX options, holding time is usually 15min-4 hours, but occasionally overnight. I use a 15% stop. Feb Stats: 22 trades, 10 losers, 12 winners. Starting balance on Feb 1: $1000. Todays balance: $1660. $ 960 withdrawn along the way. Total profit: $1620. +160%. Only a little more than half of my trades are profitable. But I am willing to take the occasional windfall profit. More than half of the months profit can be attributed to just one trade where I entered a put at $5.20 and closed a few days later at $15.70. So, I believe that keeping losses consistently small and the occasional large profit is key.