Not long ago a Wall-Street-Hedge-Fund-Finance-MBA guy, now a momentum trader. Father, husband, mediocre soccer player, numbers geek with a lousy sense of humor. Trading success is all about good defense: "It's About How Much You Don't Lose"
I am one those rare dying breeds called the retail investor. Have a reg. job that I enjoy very much. Long term investor w/ 6 mo--1 yr. horizion. Use IBD as a starting point and guide and other resources.
I don't buy into any one philosophy in trading equities: CANSLIM, Darvas, Peter Lynch, et al. All have good clues. Sewing them together is the key ~ I could be wrong...but I don't think so. (PS: I do not have cable and do not watch CNBC/FOX Business)
Canslim style, You only learn thru experience. Mkt is like poker/chess. Know the hand your dealt and manage risk accordingly. Try to think a few moves ahead, not like a pawn. Everyday in mkt doesn't matter. Know which ones do. 99% daytraders lose
Studied "How To Make Money In Stocks". Found the concept appealing. Adopted it. Made my own research. Found some flaws. Corrected them. Built my own investment strategy. Adhere to it. Here I am.