I have over 20 years experience trading and investing and have found that I do much better if I invest and hold for at least a year. I love trading too, but I just can't get all the swings right and just one bad trade has frequently cost me too much. I spend a great deal of time researching the company, its management, its products or services, the market for their products or services, clinical trials, competition, upside potential, capital needs, and risk factors. Like the two golden rules say, "1, Don't lose money, and 2, Remember rule number 1. I focus on investments and trades in stocks and frequently leverage my positions with options either by writing or by hedging or both. My preference is to find small companies that fill large needs and I'm always on the hunt.