Well, enough preamble. Now I will teach you not to trade. The pre-eminent issue in trading is the time frame, or conversely, the hold time. The devout Christian believes that his true reward is in Heaven, so he is typically a buy-and-holder. By definition long for the long haul. At the opposite extreme is the convinced atheist, for whom there is no long haul, only the long sleep without end. No waking up in the morning with a hard-on, biblical or otherwise. In the extreme, he is not only anxious about death, but twitchy that it might occur at any second. Such a one is your quintessential scalper. If you know yourself, you know your hold time.