If this is inappropriate, I apologize and ask that a nice moderator remove this post. I believe I'm a good investor. I know I'm a lousy trader. Further, I blame much of my ineptitude on market manipulation. I feel things mostly don't happen naturally. Somebody is manipulating most things for their own gain, these days. This thread is just some thoughts on trades I might make, if I were a trader. Keep in mind, my idea of trading is probably close enough to most people's idea of investing. None of this is day-trading or even week trading or anything remotely close. If I were to post my real trade journal, it would consist of many dozens of entries as such:"Week of <date>: No activity." Nobody wants to read that.