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The vast majority of people that day trade lose money. Of those that make money, most aren't going to beat an index fund. Of those that actually beat an index fund, very few do so without investing so much time that they'd be better off working elsewhere. If you have a $1 M portfolio and you can reliably beat an index fund by 1%, that's worth $10,000. If ...


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Over a period of time greater than 10 years (keep in mind, 2000-2009 ten year period fails, so I am talking longer) the market, as measured by the S&P 500, was positive. Long term, averaging more than 10%/yr. At a 1 year horizon, the success is 67 or so percent. It's mostly for this reason that those asking about investing are told that if they need ...


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Not sure why @Brick's answer was voted down; let me try to state it more precisely. maker Type 1 (seller): You tell the exchange that you want to sell at price P, but P is higher than the highest price at which any Type 2 maker is currently willing to buy. (You're demanding too much money in the eyes of everyone who's said they want to buy.) Type 2 (buyer)...


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If you look at DISH's dividend history, you can see that on 20111101 DISH declared a special $2/share dividend payable on 20111201. The ex-date for that 8% dividend was... 20111115. The $2/share drop you saw from the 14th to the 15th was the stock going ex-dividend. So the stock options (which are American options) were deep in-the-money with a large ...


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Yes, it is unreasonable and unsustainable. We all want returns in excess of 15% but even the best and richest investors do not sustain those kinds of returns. You should not invest more than a fraction of your net worth in individual stocks in any case. You should diversify using index funds or ETFs.


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Day trading is probably the most often tried and failed activity in the financial world. People think they can parlay $1,000 investment into $1,000,000 in a week with little or no knowledge on how to evaluate stocks and or companies. They think they can just look at where the line graphs' been and forecast where it's going to be next week. Unfortunately if ...


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Yes. There are several downsides to this strategy: You aren't taking into account commissions. If you pay $5 each time you buy or sell a stock, you may greatly reduce or even eliminate any possible gains you would make from trading such small amounts. This next point sounds obvious, but remember that you pay a commission on every trade regardless of profit, ...


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Yes, because you cannot have an exponential growth rate that is faster than the rate at which the economy grows on the long term. 100% growth is much more than the few percent at which the economy grows, so your share in the World economy would approximately double every year. Today the value of all the assets in the World economy is about $200 trillion. If ...


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You are correct. She cannot claim the initial loss of $1,000 on her taxes, she can only report the $500 profit. However, the IRS does allow her to add the $1,000 loss to the basis cost of her replacement shares. e.g. Trader buys 100 shares at $100 / share. Trader sells 100 shares later that day at $90/share. Loss of $1,000 Trader buys 100 shares the next ...


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Often times the commission fees add up a lot. Many times the mundane fluctuations in the stock market on a day to day basis are just white noise, whereas long term investing generally lets you appreciate value based on the market reactions to actual earnings of the company or basket of companies. Day trading often involves leverage as well.


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Day trading is an attempt to profit on high frequency signal changes. Long term investing profits on low frequency changes. What is the difference? High Frequency Signal = the news of the day. This includes things like an earnings report coming out, panic selling, Jim Cramer pushing his "buy buy buy" button, an oil rig blowing up in the ocean, a terrorist ...


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If you didn't have a stop loss set (or trailing stop loss) then an equally random spike in the other direction could have obliterated your account and put you in debt to the broker, depending on the terms of that broker, as these are highly leveraged positions. Market anomaly? If your currency bet was unrelated to the fed's interest rate decision today, ...


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Generally I think you will find that financial institutions and other businesses are well aware that people sometimes set up limited companies with the intention, if things go bad, of walking away and leaving them to eat the losses. You may find that anyone you deal with will require a director to provide a personal guarantee.


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As you are asking specifically for Kraken, here is what I found: What is ​Maker vs Taker? A trade gets the ​taker​ fee if the trade order is matched immediately against an order already on the order book, which is ​removing liquidity​. A trade gets the ​maker​ fee if the trade order is not matched immediately against an order already on the ...


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"High-frequency trading" has made day trading basically obsolete. Computer systems can take an order feed, process it through a set of algorithms, and issue an order in under a microsecond. The company operating this system will have a team of PhDs analysing the effectiveness of the strategy and tuning it frequently. Your odds of reliably beating this as a ...


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This image is an advertisement from a recent Barron's. The broker would want to put himself in the best light, correct? This shows you that of their current accounts, 53.5% are not profitable. And, keep in mind, these guys have the best track record of the list. Also, their client base isn't random. The winners tend to stay, so even if it were 50/50, the 50%...


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You have already indicted in another question, titled Which risk did I take winning this much?, that you did not understand (1) Why a previous trade made you as much money as it did; nor (2) How much you could have lost if things went a different way. You were, in that other question, talking about taking short position, without understanding (apparently) ...


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As pointed out by Daniel Kahneman in his book, frequent stock trading is anything but Illusion of validity. Comparing the results of 25 wealth advisers over an eight-year period, Kahneman found that none of them stood out consistently as better or worse than the others. "The results," as he put it, "resembled what you would expect from a dice-...


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One thing I like to do every once in a while is look at the day's market movers. It's a list of symbols that had huge movement. There tend to be a couple of 50+% movers every time I look. In fact today I see ATV moved up 414.48%: So there it is—doubling your investment in one day and then some is technically possible. The problem is that the market movers ...


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"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle but whoever gathers little by little will increase it." Proverbs 13:11 (ESV) Put another way... "Easy come, easy go" You cannot sustain 100% annual ROI. Sooner than you think you will hit a losing streak. Casinos depend on this truth. You may win a few rolls of the dice. But betting your winnings will eventually cause ...


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Largely, because stock markets are efficient markets, at least mostly if not entirely; while the efficient market hypothesis is not necessarily 100% correct, for the majority of traders it's unlikely that you could (on the long term) find significant market inefficiencies with the tools available to an individual of normal wealth (say, < $500k). That's ...


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Maybe learn a bit more before plunging in with your own money, buy some good books on the subject and on technical analysis. Open up a virtual account and test your strategies first, develop a trading plan and include risk management in it, think about what the worst case scenario will be on each trade. Learn about position sizing and where to place your ...


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Forex vs Day Trading: These can be one and the same, as most people who trade forex do it as day trading. Forex is the instrument you are trading and day trading is the time frame you are doing it in. If your meaning from your question was comparing trading forex vs stocks, then it depends on a number of things. Forex is more liquid so most professional ...


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Because it takes 3 business days for the actual transfer of stock to occur after you buy or sell to the next owner, your cash is tied up until that happens. This is called the settlement period. Therefore, brokers offer "margin", which is a form of credit, or loan, to allow you to keep trading while the settlement period occurs, and in other situations ...


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Eventually, you'll end up buying a stock at or near a high-water mark. You might end up waiting a few years before you see your "guaranteed" $100 profit, and you now have $5K to $10K tied up in the wait. The more frequently you trade, the faster your money gets trapped. There are two ways to avoid this problem: 1) Do it during strong bull markets. &...


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I recommend talking to your parents. You may be able to convert the account to a joint account that is shared with them, and then they would be able to withdraw the money for you.


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The are many articles on the net that indicate that anywhere from 80% to 95% of day traders lose money and a large percentage blow out their account in their first year of day trading. Here's one of many articles on the subject: https://www.tradeciety.com/24-statistics-why-most-traders-lose-money/ Breaking even would be an appropriate day trading goal ...


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