Hello ET board members I've been buying and selling investments on and off with simulated investment portfolios for almost a decade. Over the past couple of years I think I developed a sense for day trading and swing trading so I decided to put down real money and give it a shot. I've been trading for about 3 months now. I started trading with an account size of $4200 and since then I've added $13,800. I trade on margin with an $18k account at Interactive Brokers. I have not gained any profits and only incurred opportunity costs. I'm starting a journal to rant about my trades and my progess in hopes of helpful advice from other traders. Since I am limited by the PDT rule I try to swing trade more often than day trade. I normally place trades on upward trending stocks that I have been watching for a little bit. I also look for good fundamentals; however, lately I've been ignoring them. I figured that if the trend was moving up and the fundamentals were strong, the trade itself would be at less of a risk to go red.