I've just started trading about a month ago. When I began, I had no clue what I was doing. I was lucky in the beginning and had a 8 win streak of trades using Stochastics that I saw the day trader rockstar use on Youtube. Some I won by just holding on long enough like an hour or two (by luck I suppose). That got me hooked. However as time went on, I was losing a ton especially when I put everything into a day trade account with a 25K minimum. These technical indicators are often behind the times. I lost 3K in 3 weeks. Talk about pain since I put everything I have into this. I felt as though, if I can lose 3 K, why can't I win 3 K? Then I started doing a virtual account using price action candlesticks. My trades in the virtual account are good now. For the most part, I can judge the market using this. After taking so many loses and chasing so much in the beginning, I began a strategy to minimize loses. Yes, I've definitely learned to minimize losses. I don't do stop losses since I just monitor it and if the trade goes sideways, I just try to exit at the same price or one tick loss. The problem is that I can't seem to get real winners going in the real deal or they are missed opportunities that I miss the trigger on. At times, it feels like people see that I know the trend and try to psyche me out by bluffing the other way forcing me to end the trade early and taking a small loss or neutral commission loss. It used to be worse, I used to get completely psyched out by one candlestick reversal and sell for big losses yet only to see the trade develope minutes later. Does anyone else get this feeling like the MM are watching you and trying to psyche you out by betting against you on one candlestick just to get you out for a loss? So upon my return to actual trading today, I did just one trade. I had a setup I lost out earlier on. I did Ford stock (F) Short 1750 shares @ $11.7819 via market order Bought to cover 1750 shares @ $11.78 via limit order I sensed a reversal so I got out because this was around it's low of the day and I sensed it was going to break but ejected never the less. Small loss on commission only but it did go down to $11.77 during that time in which I set a limit buy cover order on yet it did not execute. I'm staring at it at $11.77 yet my shares are not covered. Does everyone else have this problem? I would love to just buy cover at $11.7701 but 4 decimals aren't allowed in limit orders. Is there a way to get around that other than random market orders? Of course, a couple minutes later, the trade went exactly in the direction I wanted as usual. The stock has been so choppy last couple of days where I'm just looking to bail quick if it doesn't go my way. Commission losses are better than what I losing on before. Guess this is the problem with live trading vs. virtual. Virtual, you always get your fill ordered? Yeah, while improving my strategy on the virtual trades, I seem to do well. I had a 8 positive and 3 negative trade (one neg was just me fooling around) day via virtual last week yet can't seem to find traction on actual? Does anyone else have the same issues? Any ideas to get around it?