I have recently returned to following the markets. I used to follow them very closely but when the accepted rules of engagements in a sense were suspended I just went to static positions and waited to see what would happen. I never could imagine that 10 years about could go by with artificially suppressed interest rates, without a rise and of course, they can't be raised now without blowing the system apart. What is fatal in investing is letting emotions get in the way so I wish to follow common sense rules and see how I get on. My grub stake will be 10000 and I will see how it goes. I am 3 months in and have $5350 put in thus far. I am using margin to it's fullest and have paid $9321 for positions in 6 stocks. 5 of these stocks have declined and 1 has gained. They are all mining related and now I will be looking at other sectors. I am not alarmed or overly surprised as the dollar has been falling due to the refugee problem hurting the euro and now the plane thing. This is not advice(so far it would be bad) but fun. I will assign numbers to these stocks and will pm ergo2 which they are and anyone else that has any interest in following this tale. I do not expect much interest but that is fine. However anyone can make a suggestion and why they think it would be a good idea and we might give it a flutter. The only provisio being that it be less than $10 a share so a 100 share lot would not bust the bank. I will not be buying options, I am not a great believer in short selling in an age of quantitative easing as that can be very dangerous. I might sell some covered options(not naked) at some stage. I will be looking for volatile stocks. So it will be a bit aggressive but not wildly speculative which I did in the past. My positions at the moment are. Stock 1. 100 shares at 6.24, present value 7.58 :) :heart: Stock 2. 250 shares at 2.81, present value 2.44 Stock 3. 600 shares at 2.01 plus 400 shares at 2.27. present value 1.86 :huh: Stock 4. 1300 shares at 0.55. present value 0.46 :s Stock 5. 100 shares at 15.20 plus 100 at 13.44. present value 13.41 Stock 6. 300 shares at 7.54 present value 7.13 So Buffet has nothing to fear at the moment. The 1st golden rule is not to average down. Stock 5 is an ETF so I averaged down. Stock 3 I was averaging up but it turned against me so in future I must formulate a sell point for this eventuality. At the moment I can not buy any more of any of the 5 stocks, unless or until they climb higher than my buy price. That is good, as the yearning is to buy, as they now appear better value. That of course is a very common fault. I will now search for a few more stocks. I will not bother with technical analysis at all or indeed much with fundamentals either. Instead I will be following a series of forced decisions that I will discuss in the fullness of time. In time I will be either reduced to close to zero by a margin call which can't be met for this experiment or I will luck out and do fine. If anyone else wishes to know what the stocks are I will pm them but this is not advice, it is a bit of fun.