From everything I've read, it seems that to qualify for trader status in the eyes of the IRS, you pretty much have to be a manic daytrader with an itchy trigger finger. But my style of trading is longer term (several weeks, months, years). I may make around 40-60 trades per year. That's not a lot of trades, but that's all I need. But if i'm to make a living soley on speculation, I need those trader status benefits we all know and love or wish we had. How else can I go about convincing the IRS to treat me as a trader for tax purposes??