I'm trying to be a swing trader. I've lost money in the past by holding on to losers. Lately I always cut losses below 5% and aim for 10%+ gains. I sometimes miss out on winners, but I'm in the black now and feel I'm making good progress.
Can I make a living at this? Now learning options, hopefully better for capital leverage. Using short term Deep ITM Options now. Long term ATM. A fan of SPY, IWM, VXX, AAPL, GILD. I watch macro data, events while using techical charting for signals.
I like to find undervalued turnaround stories that are still in the 1st or 2nd inning. I listen to the conference calls, read the quarterly earnings, and sift through the numbers (I value both fundies and technicals, as well).