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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Why is day trading considered riskier than long-term trading?

I have read all of these disclaimers about day trading emphasizing how experienced and cautious you have to be. But I don't see how it's any different than buying a stock at a low price and holding on ...
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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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Is trying to learn day trading a complete waste of time?

I understand there is a lot of people, maybe even most, who believe day trading is far too risky or the person trying day trading won't be skilled enough. I have gotten interested into investing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where do short-term traders look for the earliest stock related news? [closed]

While I'm no short term trader (or even a day trader), I imagine it is of high importance to these people that they hear about significant stock related news as early as possible. This would allow ...
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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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Why doesn't buy at open get the official open price?

Every day, a stock or ETF has an official open price, like its high, low, and close prices. If I put in a market-buy-at-open order, whether well before the open (overnight) or just a minute or two ...
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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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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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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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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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Confusion/Misunderstanding over the maker/taker fee mechanism

Sorry if this question is noobish. I thought I had the maker/taker fee mechanism figured out (already existing question at Maker taker fees - can somebody explain in plain english?); apparently I was ...
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Is this the right formula to use implied volatility to gauge probability of a stock being within a certain range?

I read online somewhere, and I can't find it now, that to find the probability of a stock hitting a certain price within a certain time frame, we can use Implied Volatility: X = StockPrice * IV * ...
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Are there disadvantages to day trading ETFs?

I bought an ETF a few months ago and I was thinking of selling it, however, I was wondering if there were disadvantages or additional fees if I treated ETFs like short term stocks.
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Significance of the first twenty and final thirty minutes of the trading day?

I have been day trading for a month, and I've noticed that the first twenty and final thirty minutes of the trading day seem to have repeating patterns. At the beginning of the day prices will often ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account? [closed]

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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Is this considered day trading, active management or something else?

I have been practicing with a few stock simulators for just over 1 year. My process for investing is to buy stocks when I see a significant drop in share price due to what seems like negative media ...
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How to start day-trading? Any advice about software for beginner? [closed]

I want to start day trading, but I am beginner and I need help. Is there some online tutorial? I want to start with just 1000 dollar. Is it enought? I find ninja trader software. Is it good? Or do you ...
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Can a broker refuse to place my limit-orders?

I've got an interesting situation. A few weeks ago I found this company trading on the TSX Venture at about $6 with a rather decent market cap however, the daily volume on the stock was fluctuating ...
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Backtesting daytrading strategy, how to handle the spread?

I am currently developing a daytrading application which based on rules and algorithms buys or sells stocks, which right now might buy/sell a stock in the magnitude of 100 per day. I am trying to ...
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Executing a stop loss at the purchase price?

Is it a good investing strategy to always to execute a "stop loss" on a stock at the purchase price so that you can go and quickly repurchase at the lower price the stock is moving too? Logically to ...
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Can individuals day-trade stocks using High-Frequency Trading (HFT)?

It seems that all the big trading firms out there use High-Frequency Trading (HFT) to make their transactions and maximize returns from portfolio investments. I was wondering if it is possible for ...
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How to explain quick price changes early in the morning

I don't have much experience trading and wonder why there was a large change just when the market opened. I daytraded my portfolio and started only recently. As expected, in the morning when the ...
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Whats the penalty for withdrawing from my Roth IRA when I day trade with it? [duplicate]

I have 12K in my Roth IRA. I use it to day trade. Now I want to take out the 12K what is my penalty? And do I get taxed on my trades when I buy and sell?
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Best way to day trade with under $25,000

I recently learned that the pattern day trader rule will keep me from day trading stocks because I have less than $25,000. I found out it only applies to margin accounts so I figured I'd be fine just ...
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How can a broker support mass copytrading with a $100 investment when there is a larger account minimum for day-trading?

My understanding of the U.S. rules for day-trading is that you must have $25,000 in equity at the time you make a day-trade. Yet, a broker like eToro offers "copytrading", which mimics another ...
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Wash sale rules in India (NSE/BSE)

Is there any tax law prohibiting losses booked due to wash sales rule in Indian market? e.g. If I buy a Sun Pharm stock at 634. After 10 days, I sold it at 609.25 and buy again at 608.75 in the same ...
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Are mutual funds allowed to trade intraday in india?

Are mutual funds allowed to trade intra-day in india?
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Does the pattern day trader rule apply to non-US citizens?

The Securities and Exchange Commission website says "FINRA rules define a “pattern day trader” as any customer who executes four or more “day trades” within five business days, provided that the ...
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Theoretical Margin Trading Questions

I am just educating myself on margin trading (I have no real desire to try it any time soon) and was wondering if you may help me with a scenario and a few basic questions to see if my logic is ...
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Types of brokers for differing uses

I'm from the UK and want to make some long term investments in US stock. I also want to day / swing trade. So I've opened an account with tradestation which seems complicated to use and offers ...
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Definition of day trading

Recently I got into trading thanks to the Robinhood app, for which there's no cost to trade. My question is regarding what constitutes "day trading". Example 1: You sell 20 stocks with ticker symbol "...
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Resources to begin trading from home?

Apologies in advance if this type of inquiry is inappropriate for this StackExchange. But it is a personal question, and it is about finance, so... Anyway, here is the backstory so far - I will try ...
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Is the “3 bar play” trading pattern good advice?

I watched a video that describes the "3 bar play" day trading pattern, but the presentation style makes me think that it is a scam or, perhaps, bad advice. I don't know why someone would promote such ...
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What's a reasonable expected profit on day trading with usd 50,000 initial outlay? [closed]

How much profit can I expect in the Indian day trading market with initial outlay of USD 50,000 to be considered as a moderately successful day trader?
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Day/swing trading: Making 30 USD per day with 10000 USD capital possible?

Is it possible to make 30 USD per day starting with 10000 USD? How much risk would I have to take to get this return? What knowledge/skills do I need to get this return?
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Is it true that you can't take money out of the market using only risk management?

Is it really true what a lot of traders say: that in order for you to make money in the stock market it suffices to use risk management? For the following reasons, I think it is not true: Suppose ...
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Trading platforms: 15 years old

I'm aged 15 and have been demo-trading for about a year now. I signed up with plus500 as they give quite good bonuses on deposits. I had to create an account with a fake D.O.B. I have just found out ...
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How can intraday trading be done when settlement takes two days?

When I buy a stock on the NSE in India, it takes two days for settlement (T+2). Therefore I can only sell that share after two days after the purchase date. Then, how does intraday trading occur (...
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Can I mitigate all risks with a Stop Market

I would like to know how I can protect against a stock price falling. If a stock price is at $100 and I put a Stop Market order at $90, then will this always execute at this price so I can guarantee ...
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Pattern Day Trade - $25,000 Margin Account Rule

I am kind of new to day trading stocks. I was just a bit confused regarding the pattern day trade rule which prevents people with under $25,000 to exceed 3 day trades per week. Does the $25,000 have ...
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How to trade large number of shares?

I'm a day-trader that trade stocks which have a minimum Avg. Daily Volume of 1M shares. Until now, and because of my "R" size, I've entered a positions relatively with a small number of shares (No ...
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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 ...
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How does a settlement period work if someone is a day trader?

I am trying to get into day trading stocks, however, I was wondering how this would work with settlement periods. According to this question on StackExchange, a settlement period is when both parties ...
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Does this scenario count as one day trade, or two?

I am currently investing with the Robinhood app and have been doing fairly well with day trades two to three days a week. However, I find myself in a new scenario this morning where I don't know if my ...
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Am I considered to be a day trader if I only trade with settled funds?

I am trying to avoid the pattern day trader rule. I have $20,000 in a cash account, and the money is settled funds. To follow the T+3 rule, I plan to trade only $4,000 a day in order to have enough ...