Questions tagged [day-trading]

To be used for questions related to trades squared off the same day and do not involved deliveries. Typically used in the context of Stocks trading, can be used for Options or other trades. Related tags are trading, trading-volume, online-trading.

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Consistent trading range vs volatility

The Euro/Dollar often have a varying daily trading range within same week just like almost every other currency. It could be 84 pips on Monday, on Tuesday 52 pips, Wednesday 112 pips, Thursday 95 pips ...
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Non tradable assets with demo accounts on TradingView

Seeing that CityIndex have recently become available through TradingView, and given I'm in the UK, I have signed up to a demo account on their platform. I then logged into TradingView (again, demo ...
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Why does this 5m candle open with a large body?

I grabbed this screenshot from TradingView on the AUDUSD chart from CityIndex at just a few seconds after the 06:45 candle opened: Why is the candle so large? I am expecting that when a new candle ...
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Is this AUDUSD profit calculation correct?

Using this calculation: ( Close / Open ) x ( Leverage x Investment ) - ( Leverage x Investment ) = profit When I open a BUY position with $100 on AUDUSD with 10x leverage, if the price goes from 0....
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Please explain buy stop for a noob

My understanding of a buy stop is best described with these steps: Price is at $100 I place a buy limit at $110 with no take profit or stop loss I place a buy stop at $120 Here is where my ...
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Understanding P&L from tradingview position tool

I'm really trying to understand how much profit and loss I would make when placing the LONG or SHORT position tool in TradingView. I understand that with a $1000 account size, 0.01 lots == $10 and ...
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Does confluence improve the winrate of a system?

We have a discussion with some friend on another forum about confluence : let's say I have two systems, one with a winrate of 56 % and the other with a WR of 63%. Now if we take trades only when both ...
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Moving from Robinhood to TD Ameritrade: Can I use specific-lot-matching method?

I've been using both TD Ameritrade and Robinhood for a while. I just learned that on TD Ameritrade, you can use the specific-lot-matching method when you sell your shares. It's in My Account -> ...
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What's the negative about buying contracts 1 month out when scalping options? (Is it buying same day or 2-3 day contracts are way cheaper?)

What's the negative about buying contracts 1 month out when scalping options? (Is it buying same day or 2-3 day contracts are way cheaper?) I don't want Theta to negatively affect my gains.
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Buying stocks/ETFs through a US-based broker on an F1 visa and then departing the US

I'm in the US on an F1 visa, and this will be the case for the next two years. As far as I understand, it's legal for me to buy stocks/ETFs via a US-based broker. However, I'm not sure whether I will ...
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Best approach to select strike prices for an Iron Condor?

Options beginner here. I'm aware of three popular ways to select strike prices for Iron Condor. Select strikes such that they are equidistant from the CMP. Select strikes such that the they form a ...
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What's the point of the wash rule?

I don't understand the 30-day wash-rule. Someone please set me straight. So let's say I purchase 100 shares of Hot Stock X, for $100 apiece. So $10,000. Let's say that the stock goes down 50% on a ...
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At the time when market opens what is the best way to know if market will go up or it will go down [closed]

I know markets are driven by multiple factors and any news, any time can cause market to go up and down. Assuming there is no major event/news during the day, at the time when market opens, what is ...
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Does this limit order book (depth chart) look legit?

I am reconstructing the limit order book on Binance. I get a snapshot at a particular time and update this snapshot based on the updates for each level that come every 100 ms from the exchange. Most ...
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Equity curve money management strategy to minimize drawdowns

Some high risk/returns automated trading systems requires an on/off switch as a fail-safe feature and to minimize drawdowns. Besides using a moving average on the equity P&L curve to turn on/off ...
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Why up bar always show greater volume than a down bar in a High volume Trending up stock?

This question is related to Intraday (i.e. Day trading). In a "High volume" trending up stock, When the Trend is still strong, I have noticed that the relative volume of "Up" bars ...
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What's the practical risk of reusing trade proceeds?

I built an algo that buys and sells securities in a few minutes. The idea would be to let it do that hundreds of times a day. After some paper trading tests, I wanted to test it with a couple real ...
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Huge transactions in the last minute before the end of day after persistent downward pressure on stock [duplicate]

I've noticed many times a phenomenon of downward pressure on a stock for half an hour or more before the closing bell and a huge purchase in the last minute at a resulting very low price. I find it ...
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If 90% trader lose money can you do opposite of what they do and make money? [closed]

Say you have a friend Bob that is bad at trading and loses money consistently. Can you take position opposite of Bob for example if he buys a stock you secretly short it and when he sells you cover ...
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Daily stock deals with high risk

I am new to stocks world. I was talking to someone few days ago, who is expert in stocks, and he was saying that in the morning when the stock market open, he starts his job by buying and selling X (...
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How to calculate a trailing stop loss for a gamma squeeze?

I'm pretty sure AMC is going to hit crazy prices in a couple of weeks to months. A Korean AI traded fund just dumped Facebook and Wallmart for AMC. Plus, I got in a pretty big fight with some ...
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Calculating an accelerating rate of growth as a formula

Suppose I start with a $1,000 trading account. During each 30 day period my account earns $1,000 in net profit from a trading strategy using one contract per trade. The max amount lost across any ...
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Is it wise to day trade without being subscribed to real-time data?

If data is delayed then am I literally trading on data or events that already transpired? How does that effect what I see on the DOM, the charts, time & sales? The bid/ask are always fluctuating ...
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What is happening during the maintenance hour of E-Mini S&P 500?

I'm trying to better understand the trading hours of the E-mini 500 S&P, which according to the CME Groups web pages are shown like this: This is, however, rather incomprehensible for anyone non-...
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How do you overcome the boredom (and loneliness) of Forex day trading? [closed]

I have two trading plans which I use to day trade in the Forex market for 2 hours a day (8-10 am UK time). Usually I will have between 2-4 valid trading signals each day. I have made more than 80 ...
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What is the point of using a limit order?

I'm pretty new to trading, more specifically day-trading, and on my paper trading account, I am given the option to trade at the market's current value vs. putting in a limit order. I could understand ...
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Pros and Cons of getting around Pattern Day Trader (PDT) rules

I have done some trading in my time, and I wondered how to get around the Pattern Day Trader (PDT) rules (this does not directly relate to me because I prefer swing or long-term investing.) I have ...
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Why don't traders place limit orders at all prices to be first in line when the price moves?

In markets with price-time priority, why don't traders enter limit orders at all prices, so that they could be first in line when the price moves? For example, if the current best bid is $10 and the ...
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What are SEC issues I should know about when using my automatic stock trading software?

I created software that does automatic stock buying and selling through Interactive Brokers' web/API. Does the SEC regulate this?
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Wash Sale Rule While Holding Initial Investment

I have a question for those familiar with the wash sale rule. I understand what it is, basically, if you sell shares of XYZ at a loss and buy it again within 30 days, you can't claim those losses on ...
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Can a day trading taxable income be more than the actual capital gain?

I've day-traded (in USA) actively during 2020, mostly short trades. Never kept positions overnight, so carried no positions into 2021 (and, similarly, no positions were carried from 2019 into 2020. ...
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If I show a total loss for the year, will I be impacted by wash rule disallowed losses?

I tried day trading after losing my job. With a $25k initial investment, I traded heavily for a few months using margin. I was up about $5k and then took a huge hit on some options when the market ...
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Day Traders from Germany/Europe? [closed]

I've recently taken a liking to the whole idea of trading and read some books on trading (day trading in particular). All of them suggested to do paper trading first and that's also my idea. I wanna ...
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Is it possible to have an individual brokerage account where taxes are paid on portfolio, not individual positions?

Suppose I have an individual brokerage account with a number of positions. As far as I found, the taxation takes place per position, i.e. I can be forced to pay tax even if the portfolio loses money. ...
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Bought coin for $30k, sold at $40k, and buy more in $46k. Makes sense? [closed]

Numbers are for example. Does it makes sense to engage in such day trading? (For bitcoin)
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Can I reverse flip a bad low win rate trading strategy?

Let's say I have designed a terrible trading strategy with a poor win rate of 20% or less. We are not risking more than 1% in a single trade and an excellent risk management and position sizing are in ...
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Capital Gains taxes [duplicate]

I used to be an amateur options trader and lost several thousand dollars over the past 2 years. I understand how the wash rule works but here is my question. Let's say I lost 150,000 dollars over the ...
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Does FIFO still trigger day trading? (using Robinhood)

I am using Robinhood and wondering how day trading is triggered and how first-in-first-out (FIFO) selling order works. I bought GME stock yesterday and bought GME stock today. If I sell 1 GME share ...
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What's stopping me "day-trade" mutual funds?

I invest monthly into several funds, such as this one. Last week, I noticed a new fund I'd just invested a small amount into ($100) had grown by 12% in one week (now worth $112). I investigated the ...
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Offsetting capital gains with previous losses

I only trade options. Nothing exotic but just buying and selling CALLS and PUTS. So for example if I lost 30,000 USD trading options for the 2020 Tax Year. In 2021 I go on to profit 40,000 USD. Does ...
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Options trading and wash rule

For example, I buy a PUT option on TSLA for 3000 dollars and realize it's not working and sell it to close for 2000 dollars. Thus I have lost 1000 dollars on this transaction. Within thirty days of ...
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Day Trade $25,000 again

If I have a margin Day Trade account, after some transactions/tradings there is only $25,000 cash in this account now. There are some cases for this Day Trade account I need to know its status. Please ...
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help me to understand the day trade requirements

I am new to the stock market and the Day Trade. I need your help to clarify some definitions (from Fidelity): "A Day Trade is defined as an opening trade followed by a closing trade in the same ...
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How do we trade and earn profits in future contracts? [closed]

Suppose there is a future contract with a market price of $100 and its lot size is 50, so can I purchase the lot at $100? And while selling before expiry or in intraday, suppose the price is $150, so ...
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Stock market day trading etf new please help

I am really new to this and I need your help. Let's say I have 50k: I buy 100 shares of a stock, sell them at $5 profit for each share and do it again with 50K+plus. How much I made on the last trade? ...
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Does the Pattern Day Trader (PDT) rule apply on all brokers?

Does the Pattern Day Trader (PDT) rule apply on all brokers? or some brokers can ignore it
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Why did I pay a different price than the chart shows?

I bought a stock in paper trading. The chart showed that the price was $5 and I ended up paying $6.17. Did higher volume cause that? *I bought at 18:50(Central European Standard Time) on margin acc ...
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Difference between depth of market and the limit order book

In trading terminology, is there a difference between "depth of market" (DOM) and the limit order book? I suspect that they are the same because a limit order book shows the "depth"...
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Why wouldn't a stock sell below the bid-ask spread?

In the TD Ameritrade cellphone app and in the browser site (I tried both) in post market after hours, I can't seem to sell Facebook at $261.06 a share even though the bid is 261.30 and the ask was 261....
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TradingView and Thinkorswim have very different candlestick charts. Which one is correct?

I compared 30 minute candles for AAPL in two platforms: TradingView and Thinkorswim. I was astonished of the discrepancy. The differences are HUGE! Here are screenshots as of Sep 25 2020. TradingView: ...