I have recently joined this particular board and mostly visited the Direct Access (Retail) Forum up to this point. I have traded heavily for 6 years, work for a Direct Access firm and am in the process of accumulating additional capital to open a hedge fund that should be up and running by mid Q2. I have done very well trading and learned many do's and don'ts, gained knowledge and experience from my clients and from myself, and been exposed to a handful of the best and worst traders and Market Makers (MM). I will not mention the firm I work for either. What I like to do is periodically move from board to board and talk with fellow traders and bounce back and forth ideas, techniques, strategies, ect; Some of you believe that you hold the golden key and will not relinquish your strategies or experiences with the board and that's fine. I started watching message boards 8 years ago and didn't post a message until 4 years ago. I was a sponge a learned very quickly which handels to ignore and which ones did their due diligence (DD) and posted messages worth reading as I'm sure most of you have already found. I will be happy to talk about my background and experience as we move along. I plan on starting a new thread or two this evening focusing on trading strategies/techniques. Typically the 2 most questioned strategies are playing the gaps and technical analysis. Each message board reacts differently when these threads begin ranging from a few replies at first, to non-stop a week later. I'll be happy to answer any questions or comments you might have. I enjoy talking with traders and if I can offer any insight or suggestions that will help minimize your losses or maximize profits then I would like to continue the threads. The main reason I'm doing this is because I eat and breathe the market, enjoy talking to people who have a clue and I wish there was someone that did this when I started trading years ago.