I am a retired software engineer and a humble trader. Using my own charting program, I do both long-term (years/months) and short-term (days/minutes) trades. I follow a couple of mottoes in trading: - Trust nobody (especially those flip-flop analysts, or moon shooters). - Stupidity has a price, which I have paid a lot. - The trend is my friend, so is the non-trend range. When a trend (very few in years) comes, I buy high and higher (pyramiding up) until it reverses. Most (80%?) of the time, the market is in some sort of trading range, where I buy low and sell high. - Human can only see what has happened, not what is going to happen. That is, any prediction or forecast is only a guess. - To me, every trade is a 50/50 bet. First I prepare for the worst, then wish for the best. On profitable trades, it is because I am lucky, not because I am good or smart. - Never argue with the market. For failed trades, I blame nobody but myself and go back to refine my system. I come here to learn, and respect everybody's opinions, regardless how absurd they seem to be sometimes. I will never get involved with emotional arguments. Good luck, and wish you all make money from this fascinating market.