The books are now closed on the 2015 Halftime Report Portfolio Challenge.
Josh Brown was named "Trader of the Year" with a 10 percent gain for 2015. Most of the traders did well with four out of six panelists beating the S&P 500.
Brown credits his success to a rules-based investment strategy. When it comes to short-term trading, Brown suggests having a plan, executing it and keeping your emotions out of the picture.
"If you don't have a plan, you're much more prone to errors," Brown says.
Here are Josh Brown's five rules for trading success and a clip of him explaining the strategy.