I have been reviewing a lot on the subject of spreads today on ET and have realized that while what I did was working, it was effectively just swing trading calendar spreads without stops and closing profitable legs. That is not proper spread trading, which is what I wish to accomplish. When the crap slowly started hitting the fan in mid-December and I was down $10K over two weeks on the open legs I had confidence that the market would recover. But this time, two weeks ago, it all happened in two days and I could not handle the speed and heat of it. I think watching CNBC on that Monday and the speed at which the Dow crumbled to near-breaker levels did not help things at all. Based on what I have read I have concluded a few things... A) I do not mind swinging and with proper spreads the risk is minimized. B) I like the idea of creating an innumerable number of spread combinations. C) Ninjatrader is not the platform to use. They do not support exchange-traded spread futures, just outrights. D) AMP with CQG data should work (my broker and feed). I need to get on the horn with them and get the skinny. a) If it won't I would need to find a new broker. Bummer, I really like AMP. E) I simply do not like daytrading technicals with tight stops. So with all that in mind I need to download a new demo platform. I am still trying to figure which platform I should start with. CQG IC, CQG Trader, CQG Qtrader, CQGM (I don't think so on that one since it seems watered down for mobile), CQG Spreader or eSignal. Some of these are free with AMP, some not. I have MetaTrader5 enabled for live but it seems unwieldy. And then we get to something like a 3:2:1 crack spread. All I have seen in general is that when the "parent" instrument moves, the "child" instruments move in tandem. CL goes up? So does HO and RB (or diesel). So setting proper ratios can be "delta neutral". (The only time I noticed the opposite so far in my limited observations was when hurricane Harvey hit and crude went down but gas went up (very short-term.) If you happened to be short crude and long HO/RB, that would have been a very nice win.) So the idea here is to make profits on converging or diverging prices. But it all still seems the same to me as being able to choose a market direction. Assuming no slippage, how can one make money if you are delta neutral and flatten the spread? Is it just choosing the direction of the actual spread and long-term trading that chart with the same technicals as a daytrade chart, but with less chop? From what I understand the momentum of the movement in spreads is much more consistent but slower. (Aside from reduced margins.) Do I have that part correct?