There is a lot of money to be made in trading.
But to make this money you must have and set reasonable expectations, and shelve any great expectations you may have.
Trading for many years, I know that the market always swings back, you can ride the storm and hold a big loss for a long time, or you can be practical and set stop losses which allow you exit at pre set levels and chance for re-entry.
The market often times moves illogically and many a time going against news, so that is why stop losses are necessary.
It is impossible to know the right time to enter a trade. If times were set in stone we'd all just wait and synchronize our watches.
If you do your research/analysis correctly, you can enter at your own time, but you need to know how much stop loss to set and your take profit target.
The many losses I have incurred have been due to greed, setting excessive stop losses, trading against the news and trend, very bad timing, and forgetting the most important thing of all PRESERVATION OF CAPITAL.
It is very important to have withdrawal targets, and withdraw when you reach targets.
Always make it a habit to withdraw.
A dollar in the hand is worth more than the dollar you'll be chasing in the market.
The Ratchet Trader - mulos@