I'm falling back into the indicator trap. I keep trying to find that magical combination, like: "ok, when x indicator falls below 100, then look for a negative crossover of y indicator, but it only counts if the red line on z indicator is below the green line..." Then I find 5 good trades that DIDN'T follow my rules, which doesn't concern me (missing a good opportunity is better than taking a poor one). Then I find some trades that matched my "system," but they didn't work (backtesting by eyeballing the charts), and I justify it as "oh, well blah blah blah, so I wouldn't have taken that one." Then I find a sweet one that works, and I think I'm a brilliant genius. But the weird part is that I LOVE pouring over the charts, looking at "ok, it would have been profitable to enter here, so what were the indicators doing at this time?" and trying to find patterns and systems that involve weird combinations of indicators and stuff that no one else would ever think to look for. In fact, I'll load a new indicator on my chart that I've never heard of, study it for a while to try and figure out how it works (or determine patterns), and THEN do a google search and figure out how it's supposed to work. Sometimes I'm completely off, and I think my way works better than the "conventional" way. Do you use any indicators at all? Which ones? If a trade looks good, but your indicator(s) doesn't support it, will you still enter? It reassures me when I enter a trade, and then my indicator confirms it... but by that point it's too late, anyway. Could you trade successfully using ONLY indicator signals? I mean using a wrote system based entirely on indicators (ie. enter when x, y, and z happen and exit when a, b, and c happen) that a robot could follow and have it be profitable? Or is this what they call "searching for the holy grail" and I should just give up?