The stock market is rigged. Consider the following: A select few can take stocks wherever they want them to go, Keep them at a certain level for as long as they wish, take them up and bring them down at will. The SEC is a corrupt organization which is apathetic to the trader's problems. Brokerages, clearing houses and MarketMakers work together to ensure that traders don't succeed. Information is passed on readily and on a daily basis to the upper echelons - enabling them to stay in control. Supply and demand do not work in the stock market where manipulation is the order of the day. Unless and until sweeping changes take place the current dismal state of affairs will continue to prevail ensuring the abnormal failure rate. This will be my only post on this thread since I know that I'll be hit by a barrage of flames and derisive remarks about my intelligence. However, if even only a few can reflect and benefit, it would bring solace to me.