The title is pretty self explanatory, but the reason for this post is to see how prolific a new trader needs to be at seeing profitable patterns, and from these patterns devising systems to trade. Whether it's a computer program or a dartboard, how long have your methods of trading lasted before they go cold? Surely some go cold because they only work in a raging bull market etc. Or some might stop working for no apparent reason (maybe probability balancing itself out?) How many methods have you guys burned through over the years? Right now I am really working on my trading repertoire more before I start to get too enthusiastic about making money, and have one system that I've actively traded and paper traded with a "livable" (by college standards) return over 1 year. I have another backup system that I'm going to test out with real money and so far paper trading has worked out slightly better than my projected numbers. *suspicious* I'm hoping that alternating 4 methods can cover me when one seems to stop working (or until I can figure out why it stopped working and make an adjustment).