To all you money makers and money-fakers. Our profession incurs more stress than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. This is true whether one is profitable or not. So it is time to bring out your inner Al Capone and think long and hard on this one. Question: How Would You Run A Criminal Enterprise? Fact is, I used to be a petty criminal. It occured to me recently what I learned as an oultlaw helps me greatly in my trading. The most important three being.. 1. Know ALL the risks for the profit you're seeking. 2. Always Always Always follow your own rules. More than likely, a certain rule was established after a hefty cost. 3. Know when to cut your losses. Is this worth 10 years in the Clink? No? Then get the fu*k out now. Some things to consider. Would your empire encompass all criminal activities, or just a few favorites? Is there an "ethical" line you would not cross? Ex: Selling drugs to children. Would you prefer to operate more from guile, violence or both? I think crime does not pay. However, if ones makes profits very quickly, uses at least 50% of all gains in the very beginning to pay off and hire the right people. Once that infastructure is in place, then you might have a chance. And once established, KEEP IT LOW KEY. No flashiness a la John Gotti. Flaunting only attracts attention. You don't want the people on your payroll to be forced to act against you from public outcry. Bring out your inner Al Capone. It WILL make you a better trader.