In the past, i have generally been scaling into positions and selling all at once. i swing trade with 3-10 day holds generally in both stocks and options (purely directional). I am profitable...up around 50% or so on the year (average around 35%+ per year). My goal is 100% yoy (realatively small account) the problems i have are the following. 1. If there is a correction in the price, your average cost is often much higher than your original entry...hence you lose it pretty quick. 2. I LOVE to ring the cash register. Oneof my weaknessees is not hanging on to positions long enough...which is required to scale into positions...longer holding times. recently, i have done scaling out... 1. I enter a trade with a pretty significant size (say 50-75% of my unleveraged portfolio) with a very tight stop. as the trade proves itself, i sell half, then half of that, then the remainder at my exit point. 2. This allows me to ring the register, take profit, lower risk, and still mentaly meet my entry and exit points without getting out of the entire position prematurely. I like this mentally becuse i have the satisfaction of participating in the entire move...at a low relative risk. who has had success experimenting with scaling in and out...what has been the result of your changes?