Hello, my name is Kurt Smetana, I have decided to start a journal on here. I am an equities prop trader in Los Angeles, CA. I trade in an office. I do not hold overnight positions. I am 26 years old, and I have my B.A. Anthropology from University of California, Irvine. I went live the last week of October 2010. I will begin the journal on Monday, March 28. Unlike everyone else here, I have no problem posting my orders. In fact, I want to. The goal of my journal is to help me prevent over-trading. Knowing that my trades will be reviewed by others will put a little more pressure on my decision making. It will get me to think, "If I saw this on some other guy's journal I'd be laughing." I do not stick with one particular strategy. I go wherever the action is. Earnings, News, Stocks moving on volume, etc. I'll play pullbacks, breakouts, etc etc. I do not limit what I trade. I am an opportunist. I rely heavily on the level 2. Every day I will post my trades, a short commentary on the market and my trades, my day's P&L, and my month's P&L. Every month I will update my year's P&L. If I do not post on a particular day, it will mean I did not trade that day. I should also note, I work 7 days a week. I don't get days off. I work a second job to support my trading. I'm not some rich kid playing around. I am building what I have from the ground up. 3 out of 5 trading days I work both jobs. My life is pure stress. It is absolute hell, but that is masculine and there will be no greater feeling in the end. Since I began trading my gross P&L is about +$2300, my net P&L is about -$1100. My mock stock and options portfolios do great. Finding the right stocks is not my problem. I live in the markets, I know all the stories, I have tons of trading ideas. I suffer in trade execution. I have a lot of psychological demons I am trying to conquer. I have the typical problems people face early in trading. I get jigged out, I take profits too quickly. Another trader takes over once I am in a position. It is absolutely remarkable what I do to myself. I let my P&L get to my head. That all being said, it could be worse, I could be gross negative. I need to get more out of my winners and produce less small losers in order to beat my costs of trading. I am hoping that a public journal will help with my patience and selectivity. I welcome all comments, positive or negative. I also welcome trolling. It will be fun to read everything in a year.