I own three accounts .Coverdale for my child's education. Only trade growth/with divs for this account. NO momentum tradin, which I reserve for my ---- MOM account --- short term, i.e. no more than a year to complete a trade (one buy and one sell) using technical charts, calculated and enforced entries and exits, and profitable -- but not take over my precious sleep profitable. Usually I wait for a good stock to get pounded unjustly, and then I buy, scaling out until I reach my targee. Swing trading ok. Day Trading. Profit-taking strategies. My other account is IRA and it is much like the Coverdale type trading but with more permission to MOM trade. My most costly mistakes are caused by a change of strategy when I suffer a loss. This has caused me to make a few rules for myself. One is never try to turn a MOM trade into long. It always loses more than just selling at a loss rather than hanging on for a rebound. Must have been faulty evaluation of the data available. Sometimes it's new data, sometimes it's overlooked old data. Now want to do an option. I've never even done a covered-call. Would like to use my stocks to gain premiums. I think if I'm going to reach my finanical goals before I die, I must have two things in addition to luck, i.e. successful MOM trades. One is DIVS the other is PREMIUMS, Gotta figure this out.