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Day Trading

What Is Day Trading

The buying or selling within the same calendar day is known as  day trading. In this case, all trades are completed in the same day and nothing is held overnight. The United States passed laws six years ago that enabled small investors and common men to participate in currency day trading; previously, only large banks and financial institutions and millionaires were engaged in the practice.

Industry analysts believe that currency day trading is a well-kept secret of the rich and powerful who have the power to control all the banks, corporations and foundations throughout the world. In currency day trading, the traders have vast buying power. For instance, it enables traders to use $1 to control an investment worth $200, and $500 to control $100,000.

The professional day traders are divided into two primary categories, those who work alone and those who work for a larger institution. Most of the traders work for a larger institution as they are given access to greater resources. Large amounts of capital and leverage, expensive analytical software, and a direct line to a dealing desk are some of the facilities given to the trader who work with big companies. On the other hand, individual traders mostly manage other people’s accounts or just trade their own. As these people have limited resource access, it prevents them from competing directly with institutional day traders.

How Day Trading Works

Foreign currency trading is a high risk and high reward business. You need to devise strategies to make profits in the market on a sustained basis. Always remember that day trading in foreign currency is not the ideal way if you really want to have a long term perspective.

Day trading in foreign currency exchange is the same concept as day trading in securities markets. You take a short term bet on the price movements of various currencies in your portfolio. Thus you gain or lose depending upon the intra day fluctuations in prices of these currencies. Whether you are long or short at a particular point of time in a day depends upon your assessment of the likelihood movement of prices later on during the day.

Let us explain by a simple example. Suppose you are short on Yen in the morning session of trading (meaning that you have sold yen at a price). It means that you expect Yen to decline further in the day so that you would be able to buy back Yen at a lower price and make a profit in the process. Here you are taking a bearish outlook of the market.

On the contrary, if you are long on Yen (meaning that you have bought Yen at a price), it means that you are bullish on Yen and expect it to rise further so that you will be able to sell it at a higher price and make money. Day trading foreign currency thus means taking a very short term view of the market and is fraught with risks and possibility of huge capital losses.

It is always advisable to have a long term outlook especially in the highly volatile Forex market. This way, you are not dependent on the vagaries of intra day shocks and expect your capital to build over a period of time. Have an assessment of economy, performance on inflation front, policies of central banks of the country and then take an informed decision, without worrying about short terms movements. A large number of traders have lost heavily while betting on day trading foreign currency. There is still no perfect strategy which can shield you from losses if you are having an extremely short horizon.

Why Day Trading May Not Be For You

While day trading gives a lot of profit opportunities, the truth is that there are a lot of people who find themselves on the wrong side of a trend and suddenly in trouble because they try using day trading as an investment strategy. Day trading essentially boils down to making a series of short, small trades in hopes of making a quick profit. A rich idea with often a poor outcome.

People can and do make very good money trading on the Forex market but the most common trait of successful investors is the use of a proven investment strategy, patience, and using pre-determined stops after making certain to do your homework. The ability to understand the emergence and direction of trends through analysis is a common trait in successful Forex traders.

Because day trading often involves multiple transactions made in rapid succession in order to make a profit, it is very hard to properly analyze the day’s events and your charts. Day traders are more prone to fear-basic panic selling and other decisions that lose money and lower profitability.

Day trading is  not always a good idea for novice traders because transactions are almost always conducted at the very limit of the margins. Because of this, even small fluctuations in the wrong direction can and often do spell disaster for day traders.

If you really want to start in day trading, take smaller bets, just to have a feel of the market. Keep your stakes on a limited scale and close out as soon as you get a chance. Do not forget to place a stop loss position if you want to avoid carnage and scalp out at an opportune time. It is a high risk proposition and there are better ways to make money than day trading foreign currency.

When you get enamored by so called success stories of day trading foreign currency, remember that Rome was not built in a day. It takes time to build your fortune. Never allow greed to overcome reason.