Last Tuesday I went to place an order to BUY 10 OEX calls. The market was 3.80 and I was happy to have a hard stop of $3,800.00 and I usually take half my profits at the 50% return level and let the rest run on a signal like this one. Earlier in the week I was moving some funds around from my options account to a futures account and my options account fell under 25k so IB reclassified the account as non daytrader status. So when I went to place the order it was rejected and it took me 2 days to get it all sorted out and the account working again and I never took the trade. Needless to say those oex options are now trading at $29.00. Much has been written and talked about this business but I can not tell you how many times in 20 years of trading these kinds of stupid things have happened to me. I don't care what anyone else says this is the HARDEST business in the world. Feel free to share your STUPID mistakes and frustrating stories. It may make you feel better.