Retire. Reinvent yourself. Cancel that IBD subscription. At the very least, capitulate! Then maybe, just maybe, we can get the outcome you've been predicting for the last five years.
The single entry single exit trade is the most rare of all for me, and certainly the least notable. Most of the time I scale in, scale out, and focus on managing size. But you know this. Why be as obtuse as Pud?
Like Pud would accept that as proof! The guy demands a full audited series of schedule D's going back twenty years and fully peer reviewed.
Trading is far more dynamic than a linear game of cards where the odds are finite and the house holds an immutable edge. The analogy is one of conventional belief but it doesn't apply. In trading, you can find a niche and exploit it to repetitive advantage. Again, not without flaws and setbacks and disappointment. But over time, a skilled trader can work an edge. You can't, because you haven't developed the skill.
It's the most quaint of market bromides, and easy to dismiss, but divergence is never healthy in a market this long in the tooth.
I seek em every day. And when I find the right pattern, I go to work. And I've been feeding the family that way for seventeen years. So what else do you need to know?
Your beliefs keep you crippled, and unable to do the one thing that you most covet...making coin in the market. Instead you have to take solace in the next best thing, being a round the clock doomer on a stock message board.
I've been doing this for a living since 1998. And every trade starts with a chart.
Your entire premise is goofy. Why would you expect everyone to think with a single brain in determining an outcome fraught with variables. If I play blackjack, I can make a fat living with an edge of 55%. Do I credit wisdom, clairvoyance, divine intervention? Can I expect an perfect outcome every time? If my hold cards are garbage do I bet the farm? Of course not. But if a chart talks to me based on my experience, I have enough confidence to wager. The chart helps. And from there, I manage the trade.
Charts play a role. They are useful in timing entry and exit points. But any trader with staying power also requires skill in money management and mastery over psychological pitfalls. Charts do not predict. But they do offer guidance. And you are welcome to remain obtuse.
And yet there are people who trade for a living, primarily using charts as a roadmap. How can that be explained?
I could tell it became less about following your discipline and more about proving a point. I suggest you let all of that go, toil in obscurity, and let the profits be enough validation. The lunatics here will never be impressed anyway.
Serious question...why do you invite the public scrutiny? Do your thing, trade your plan, bank some coin if you can. I don't understand the need to be so visible. This is a business, and all you do is create stress for yourself.