Not sure if you're joking about always being in the negative but if that's the case look into value investing (if your not already familiar with it.) There's a lot of good info on Investopedia and You Tube to get you started. Investopedia has this series of articles on valuing companies which covers a lot of details.I am a small time EE trader. I hardly put 1K per month but have put 5K once or twice. My mistake is I relied on mybb expertise and as a result I am always in the negative.
Thanks guys. You know who you are. LOL.
I'm playing with similar amounts to you and a value investing approach has served me pretty well. On the occasions where I've made a bad life choice it's been when I've made a snap or emotional decision without doing my homework.
EE is the perfect platform for the small time value investor IMHO. I don't know much about other investing startegies but do believe that everyone wanting to buy and sell share should be aware of value investing, even if they decide to use some other strategy. It gives a shift in mindset over how many people perceive the stock market and its associated risks and can help make better buying and selling decisions and avoid common pitfalls.