hi all, This is something I have been thinking alot about lately as a rather new trader(18 months) and really started thinking about it after reading the thread "throwing in the fkin towel". I have read all the books, i made 30% on a 5k account last year trading silver and gold stocks. Finally have come up with a system, but have not back tested it yet. I very much made sure to concentrate on risk management, have read "trade your way to financial freedom" and "trading in the zone" several times. Never risk more than 2% a trade, 3:1 rations, scale in and out...ect, ect... Now here is the rub to me though, at my current rate i wouldnt even have a day trading status account for 7 years, and that is assuming a good return. I have noticed that almost all the great traders blow themselves up starting out. I dont see myself blowing up because of my tight risk management, but at the same time i have almost no chance of "blowing up" my account in a positive/to the upside way because of risk management. I guess what i'm asking is has any thought about how to quantify the risk management on an ammount of capital that can be easily made back working for a few months if you blow up? There seems to a lack of theory in this area, risk management theory seems to be all aimed at sums of capital that would be a disaster to lose in that it would take forever to get back. Is anyone else this situation? I suspect most traders come in trying to make a killing and blow up. The ones who are successfull keep trying until they hit the home run, lose it all, then hit the home run again and start using "proper" risk management. Should i up the risk past traditional risk management parameters? I plan on working another 10 years to build the account, it just feels like i should try to hit a home run in gold futures or something of that sort. My friend that runs a small fund thinks im nuts to even think that, but he has 100 times the capital and actually is making real money, where as i will only be making a good % gain if i'm good for a long long time.