I invest and I trade...not neccessarily in that order. I am somewhat conservative on my investments and somewhat risky with my trading. I live by the rule "buy low, sell high", but sometimes things that I think are low get lower and the things I think are high get higher...this is why I trade. I have about 6 years of experience with equities and 4 years with options. I paid for my education early on so when I got a real bank roll I wouldn't have to pay too much. My investments are mainly value plays based on fundamentals while my trading is mainly momentum or swing based on technicals. Sometimes I'll leave a trade on and it'll turn into an investment by utilizing options to maintain risk.