My decisions when 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.
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. Using short term Deep ITM Options now. Long term ATM too. A fan of AAL and GOOGL