I am a MD in the Netherlands and selftaught investor. After 20 years :-) I am getting the hang of it and found that investing is simpeler than I thought although it requires strict discipline. To be succesful: 1. accept and cut your losses when they are small. ALWAYS 2. time the market according to it's character; in a strongly trending general market follow the trend weeks to months but in choppy markets take your profits in days or weeks 3. trade what you see, not what you think, or worse what you feel! Or still worse what others say. 4. combine fundamental and technical analysis, price action is the truth 5. manage your money and learn the formulas for bet size, profitability and win/loss ratios. 6. record all your trades and learn from them, it will help you stay disciplined Good luck!