Pretty standard month it seems - the excitement of the recent election has died down and the markets are now gearing up for the next financial storm - whatever that may be. Personally, I dont care! This is because I am a trader and not an investor. I need volatility in the markets not market growth. My trades are often short so I aim to make money whether the market moves up or down. This is one of the elements I use to keep stress levels down. Large amounts of money tied up in long trades will inevitably be hit in the next financial downturn and stressing about that will always affect your trades. I've never really made much money on short trades but realise that shorting is a valuable tool for a trader.