2013 seemed like a simple year to make money within the long part, right? Buy the dips, create new highs, rinse and repeat. Hindsight is 20/20, and coming into this year that made sense trading will be much more difficult. How about earning profits to the disadvantage? Heck, the SPX plus Dow Industrials are around all time levels and have simply dipped at most of the 5% on the year.