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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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Is it bad practice to invest in stocks that fluctuate by single points throughout the day?

It seems like a no-brainer to me: Find a cheap stock with a good name (Dell, FB, Sony) that fluctuates by a few dollars per day (between -$2 and +$2), and is consistent in the fluctuation throughout ...
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How does anyone make significant money on very low volume stocks?

After getting some answers to a related question, I thought I'd post a follow-up. It seems that if there is a low-volume stock, even with significant daily swings in stock price (e.g. 10-15%), one ...
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Maker taker fees - can somebody explain in plain english?

I'm interested in learning about how trading works, but this is all very new to me so bear with me. (I'm just poking around at this point, obviously nowhere near ready to actually be trading) Some ...
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Day Trading introductory books

I realize that day trading is considered to be highly risky, but the subject fascinates me and I would like to learn more about it as well as read about past experiences, both good and bad. Do you ...
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My account's been labeled as “day trader” and I got a big margin call. What should I do? What trades can I place in the blocked period?

HI I recently received a day trading margin call of $14,852.63 requirement. I do not have that much money. What should I do? Should I close my trades and take all cash out? The system labeled me as ...
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Forex vs day trading for beginner investor

In essence, for a person that has not had any real experience with either (except for playing around in simulators like investopedia): which one would an individual have the most potential to ...
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Ways to avoid being labeled a pattern day trader

Other than the obvious answer of "don't day trade" what ways can I avoid being labeled a pattern day trader. I've read the rules for when the label is triggered but I'm wondering about some real ...
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Wash Sales and Day Trading

Let's say a Day Trader buys and sells a stock on the same day and makes a loss of $1,000. Then she buys and sells the same stock the next day and makes a profit of $500. On the third day she files her ...
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Is it unreasonable to double your investment year over year?

I'm making monthly contributions to my self-directed investment account and I'm looking to be aggressive with my investments because I want more than 10-15% returns each year. One of the positions I ...
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How can I buy and sell the same stock on the same day?

In the United States, Is it possible to buy and sell the same stock on the same day? I heard day traders can do this, and you need to have at minimum of 25K in the account in order to be a day trader. ...
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Which risk did I take winning this much?

This morning I made a large percentage profit on a position that the Japanese Yen was going to be strong. It seems that the estimate was correct, but I made much more money than expected. I more than ...
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Will this trading activity flag my account as PDT (Pattern Day Trader)?

I've read several definitions of PDT and I think I get the gist regarding round trips. But just to be certain, I'd like to offer an absurd/contrived example... Monday (9:31 AM) : Buy 100 shares of ...