Dear Mr John M All you need is to follow the advice of your best trading personalitiy, I think it was Roake or something like that, he had it spot on in his post on one of the old Jack threads. (In quotes below) I can't believe that the man behind this post has any difficulty trading and making money. Your biggest fan ........ Bonkey "Then pick yourself up and go back to basics. Forget all the sweep bullshit, and the five minute chart, and the INDU/YM jerk off (there ain't nothin there). Chart nice and crisp in one minute in an all day scale, and don't draw your first trend line until about 30 minutes has passed. Don't chart volume (price moves profitably all the time on miniscule volume). Get in on that point three (price rarely retrace to it) and ride the fucker past the first trend deceleration (if there is one) or until the first trend deceleration after the first trend acceleration. By all means draw and redraw channels, but be very careful about trading FTT's. Retests of the trend line provide better entries. Take a nap at midday and come back at 2PM for the pro cleanup. They establish their positions in the AM, work them midday, and take their profits in the PM. Or jump on a short consolidation after a quick opening run and ride it for two legs (or one if you're nervous). Chart the VWAP. It tells you where the MMs have their positions. Think: if I had my position there, where would I take price? After the morning, follow them there. Watch for that first golden test of the VWAP. Put up a fairly fast sma, somewhere around 20 periods. Watch it for indications of trending or of fibrillations. Above all, if there ain't no lower lows, DON'T SHORT. And vice versa. If you can't make yourself hold through retraces, force yourself to scale in as an antidote. And pick a tight entry stop. If price goes two ticks beyond your entry, most likely it was a shitty entry, and a better one, or the opposite trade, awaits a few minutes later. Jack says KISS, but he does anything but. The way to learn to trade is to start with a simple rule and build on it, simple to complex. You didn't fail, you just got suckered. There is NO proof anywhere that Jack is anything but a garrulous homebound old fart who likes to fuck with peoples' heads. P.S. Inventing is GOOD. But you don't trade it! You write it down in a journal, and every once in a while look at all that trash to see if ideas repeat."