Hot topic: Day trading

One of the hottest topics for young adults is trading. Whether it is cryptocurrency trading, foreign exchange trading, or day trading, participating can sometimes feel like a coming-of-age ceremony. If you are interested in trying it out, here is a list of things you need to know to get started. 

What is day trading?

Day trading refers to intraday transactions on the stock market. It is a controlled transaction of a given asset in a short amount of time in order to receive the highest payout at the end of the trading day. The trades most common assets are stocks and foreign exchange values, a process also known as forex trading.

Getting started

There are a couple of things you need to get started, apart from access to a computer and internet. One of the easiest way to navigate the trading  market is to access a trading broker. There are plenty of different ones, and it is easy to compare online brokers using comparison services. 

Factors to consider when choosing a broker 

There are various costs to consider when choosing a broker. Some brokers add costs in the fine print, and some take out extra charge for certain high risk strategies. 

It is also important to note where the broker is active. Day trading typically functions within a national market, and it is not very common for brokerage businesses to cover a wide range of international markets. Therefore, make sure that the broker covers the market you’re interested in. 

Developing strategies

The key to successful trading is to have effective strategies. There are plenty of strategies to read up on online, and it is also a good idea to discuss appropriate strategies with your broker to make sure you are using one that fits your needs and goals with your trading. Some common strategies are:

  • Scalping: Scalping is a strategy that aims to make a large number of smaller winnings on several investments, rather than making one or a few larger ones.  
  • News-based trading: News-based trading entails making investments based on global news and events. These events tend to create moderately predictable changes in the global economic market. However, it is important to read from several sources in order to effectively use this strategy.  
  • Range trading: Range trading involves a support price and a resistance price between which the price fluctuates. The trading range refers to the difference, and the strategy is often used only at the very beginning of the trading day to get a feel for the day’s flow and volume. 

Personality traits of a good trader

Though grit, endurance, and heavy reading will get you far and a good start within day trading, there are a few characteristics that are useful in a day trader. 

Sufficient capital

First of all, it is important that the trader actually has sufficient capital and enough of a margin to afford to potentially lose money. The market is volatile and can change quickly for better or worse within a short time span, which is why you should never invest more than you can afford to lose. 

Discipline

Secondly, a good trader has good discipline. Sometimes it takes time to find the best personal trading strategy, and sometimes it’s difficult to stick to your strategy during tougher times on the market. However, discipline, courage, and a knowledgeable mind will help you reach your trading goals. 

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