My decisions in trading futures are based on following the smart money. They simply have more brain resources, more insights, and more money than I do.
I also invest in equities when they present good risk/reward opportunities. Ben Graham fan.
I have been a full time equity/options/futures trader for 11 years, recently switching from prop to backing myself. I began my career and earned my brokerage licenses at Charles Schwab & Co in Denver after CU Boulder, current CFA candidate.
Anesthesiologist investing since high school and trading for just over a year. Invested in AAPL / BLK / COST / GE / KO / JNJ / LMT / PG / XOM. Trades are mostly techs / solar / leveraged ETFs and selling limited risk option spreads.
First year of trading end in 2012 -- probably will be flat. But learning. Mostly a chart guy. Can I make a living at this? Verdict still out. Now learning options, hopefully better for capital and profit protection. Plus, like the leverage it offers.