Day trading – A Love Hate Relationship
Ha, day trading! Who hasn’t heard about day trading? It’s pretty much one of the first things a new trader reads about after the first boring articles about support, resistance and EMAs.
Day trading is the dream for many traders. It’s the skill of being able to make money in short term trades, sometimes tons of money within a few minutes.
Day trading is also the pitfall of many cowboy traders who think they are fit to risk enormous amounts in high variance trades. Most of the times these traders do it for the show, for the adrenaline pumping through their veins, more than for the money they could potentially earn.
Should you, or should you not, day trade? That’s the question we’re going to ask ourselves now.
Why you shouldn’t be day trading
Day trading is extremely risky. Like we mentioned earlier, day trading consists of taking high risk positions for a short amount of time hoping to cash in on very quick movements in the market. Most day traders don’t hold their trades for more than an hour. It’s extremely fast.
If you’re new to trading, resist. Do not day trade within the first year of investing in the markets. It’s tempting, but it’s going to cost you. A good alternative would be to day trade with a demo account. See how it feels, have fun, but don’t invest any real money in it.
Why you should be day trading
If you have the experience (and have developed a skill for it by, for instance, practicing on a demo account for a few months), day trading can be very profitable. It should be encouraged to have both a day trading and a long term trading strategy in your arsenal.
Once you spot a long term trend, you could place a long term position which will give you profits over time, and at the same time take small day trading stabs at the market for more rewards.
How to day trade in the binary options market
Day trading, the art of opening and closing profitable trades within the scope of one day maximum, is all most binary traders can talk about these days. The fact is that binary trading and day trading are extremely well correlated.
Binary trades can, by definition, be opened and closed within very short amounts of time. Some experienced traders can place numerous trades per day using expiries as low as 30 seconds. This means that each time they open a trade, 30 seconds later it closes at a loss or a profit. It’s an extremely fast form of trading and is becoming very popular.
Coupling day trading and binary trading can be very profitable, but you have to know what you’re doing. In this article we’ll go over a short plan (the basics) that should allow you to be prepared to dive into this exciting world.
A plan to day trade in the binary options world
The first thing you need to settle on while day trading binary options is a strategy. Most binary traders use momentum based strategies, which means they enter the market when there’s a strong push on either side of the market, hoping to capitalize on that quick movement.
Once you have found a strategy that works for you, you need to decide which expiry you want to trade on. It’s important not to take the lowest possible expiry just because you feel like you’ll be able to place more trades. More isn’t always better. Find an expiry that works in your brain (you can handle its pace mentally) and that fits the strategy you’ve built.
Anywhere between 5 minutes to a couple hours are good day trading expiries, especially for momentum based trades.
The last thing you need to do is plan your money management. Give yourself a stop loss for the day, (ie stop after 2 losing trades) and try to trade on risk free capital as soon as you get the chance.
Are you Day Trading Binary Options? Whats your experience with day trading? Let us know in the comments section below! Happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the topic;)