You may have read my threads in the past dealing with automated intra-day trading. One thing I have come to realize, the "easy" money is in the higher time frames. Take for example an intra-day ES strategy that has a positive expectancy of $50 and a beautiful equity curve. Apply to it 1 tick of slippage in each direction, plus $5 commissions. You are now only netting $20 and your beautiful equity curve becomes jagged. In this journal, I will record my trades and methods to demonstrate how Swing Trading is the holy grail of trading. My strategy consists of two levels of analysis. <b>First Step:</b> Using tricks for data mining developed through my automated intra-day trading experiences, I have programaticaly identified 100's of patterns which have "statistical significance". Meaning they can tilt the odds slightly in my favor. I then combine all of these patterns into a single score for each S&P 500 stock. From this score I am able to filter all 500 S&P stocks daily and identify those that are most likely to present a good <a href="http://www.mystockanalysis.com/stocks-to-buy/position-sizing/">Risk/Reward</a>. <b>Second Step:</b> Using these filtered stocks, I then look at the chart patterns and upcoming corporate events to determine which stocks I will buy. I am hoping through this journal to engage in lively discussions around Swing Trading and my methods. I will be posting the stocks I am watching daily as well as results. I started trading this live last week, you can see the trades already taken on my free (no ads etc) blog at <a href="http://www.mystockanalysis.com">www.mystockanalysis.com</a> I will update this thread tomorrow starting with the results from last week.