Started investing with the market collapse of 2000 at 18 with military earnings. Gradually elevated to options trading and commodities. A decade later has a good grasp of the "new normal" without the confusion of remembering the "old normal". Don't personally claim to be a market genius, however, completely engrossing myself into all aspects of the market for a decade allows me some perspective that swing traders or long-term part time investors do not have. I am more of a fundamentals chartist. It may seem like an oxymoron but I haven't had a losing year in 12 straight years. Chartists I believe are alot like Nostradamus....they can tell you why something happened after the fact but can never tell you what will happen because they don't take into account macro events, however, using Bollinger Bands, RSI indicators, and volume to augment options trading based on fundamentals is a recipe for success for me.