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Finding a trading strategy that best matches your personality can help you trade effectively and in a way that feels right for you. Take our simple quiz to find what category of trader you fall into.

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Question 1 of 7
How frequently do you tend to conduct investment research?
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Question 2 of 7
How long are you comfortable holding onto a position?
A few minutes to a few hours: never overnight
A few days to a few weeks
A few weeks to a few months
Question 3 of 7
Why do you trade?
For a living - it's my primary source of income
To supplement my income
To grow my nest egg
Question 4 of 7
Where do you tend to get your information?
I mostly rely on charts and data I receive from my trading platform
I use a mix of data that I receive from my trading platform and company fundamentals/news from regular news outlets and databases
I stick to more traditional news outlets and databases of company filings
Question 5 of 7
Which of the following statements best describes you?
I'm an aggressive trader and comfortable taking a few losses on ideas that I feel are strong
I'm in the middle: I tend to be careful about my position sizes in order to minimize downside risk
I only tend to invest in companies that I believe are headed in the right direction
Question 6 of 7
How do you feel about recent market volatility?
I'm glad that it's back
I'm ambivalent - I can profit in any market
The companies I invest in are strong. Market volatility doesn't bother me
Question 7 of 7
It's the start of earnings season. What are you up to?
Trying to predict company earnings to position myself ahead of the news
Paying close attention to market moves to see if there's a price swing I can capitalize on
Paring new company releases and/or checking in on earnings calls, but I don't expect to make any huge moves
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Trade talks appeared to stall. Major indexes continued to fall, with only a few sectors staying positive. Likewise, the Treasury Yield Curve continued to near an inversion. Oil continued its decline.

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