It's all about the charts. If I see a pattern I like then I will read up on the news to see if it aligns with my technical analysis before taking a position. This has worked for me for 15 years now. Swingtrades preferred but will daytrade if necessary. I don't believe in BUY AND HOLD philosophies anymore. This isn't your grandfathers stock market. Things move fast and people get wiped out every 5 years or so. Money Management is number one priority for me. If my portfolio isn't increasing in value every month then I'm doing something wrong.