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Beginner Guide to Online Day Trading

A day trader is, in every sense of the word, a short-term investor or a speculator. Most of the times, he trades on market momentum, disregarding the fundamentals of the stock he is buying or selling.

His trades normally have a short lifespan, with almost all his positions closed out by the end of the trading day. To get started on online day trading, these are the things that you should know.

Choosing an Online Broker.

Brokerage commission is not the only criterion in choosing an online broker. Make sure you choose one with a robust trading platform that can execute your trades promptly. http://Etrade.com and Scottrade are the premium brokers that offer superfast trade turnaround, and they have very attractive commission rates for hyperactive traders. But if you must choose a low-cost broker, http://FirstTrade.com and http://AFTrader.com are the few low-cost brokers that offer decent trade turnaround.

Trading Plan

Before starting any trade, it is essential to put in place a trading plan and follow this plan religiously. A trading plan sets out different criteria and parameters which dictate how trading decisions should be made in all market conditions. With a trading plan, you will know whether to stop the loss and close out the trade, or to ride out this volatile period.

Discipline

Make it your habit to be disciplined. In day trading, the price of a volatile stock can fluctuate very fast. There will be times when the price will move against you. Cut loss when you’re supposed to in accordance with your trading plan. By the same token, take profit when your trading plan dictates so! And don’t trade for the sake of trading. If there‚Äôs no good trading opportunity, stay out of the market.

Keep Your Emotions in Check

Never allow your emotions to rule your trading. Be disciplined, stick to your trading plan, and you will not get emotional during a trade. Trading decisions are often ruled by emotions for a trader who lacks discipline. This leads to bad decisions resulting in trading losses. Fear or greed are two emotions that are detrimental to a day trader.

To summarize, always develop a trading plan or system, and constantly tweak the plan for optimal results until it works. Be disciplined and know when to cut loss and take profit. And finally, get emotions out of the way when you are trading.

I hope you have benefited from this beginner guide to online day trading article. Happy trading!

Make Gains from Using the Forex trading Grid Technique

The most important part of how to make money using the no stop, hedged, Forex trading strategy will now be covered. In the preceding articles in this series we reviewed trading without stops, not being concerned about which way the price moves and places to cash in on profitable transactions. We are now going to show how you would make money buying and selling simultaneously using the grid strategy.

The no stop, hedged currency trading grid system uses the rule that one should be able to close a transaction at a gain no matter which way the market moves. The only way this is logically possible is that one would have a buy and a sell transaction active simultaneously. Most traders will say that doing this is not recommended but lets look at this in more detail.

Assuming a grid with grid gaps of 100 pips. We are going to use the simplest formation to show the principles involved. This formation is the 100% retractment formation where the price goes up to a grid level and then returns back to the starting grid level. Regrettably things become quite mathematical from here. We are also ignoring broker spreads to keep things simple.

Let us say that a trader enters the market with a buy (buy 1) and sell (sell 1) deal active when a currency is at a level of say 1.0100. The price then goes to level 1.0200. The buy will then be positive by 100 pips. The sell will be negative by 100 pips. Now we would cash in our positive deal and bank our 100 pips. The sell is now however is carrying a loss of -100 pips. The grid system requires one to ensure that the trader can cash in on any movement in the Forex market. To do this one would again enter into a buy (buy 2) and a sell (sell 2) deal at this level (level 1.0200).

Now, for convenience let us say that the price moves back to level 1.0100 (the starting point).

The second sell (sell 2) has now gone positive by 100 pips and the second buy (buy 2) is making a loss of -100 pips. According to the grid trading rules you would cash the sell (sell 2) in and another 100 pips will be added to your account. That brings the grand total cashed in at this point to 200 pips (buy 1 and sell 2). At this stage the first sell that is active has moved from level 1.0200 where it was -100 to level 1.0100 where it is now breaking even.

The 4 transactions added together now incredibly show a gain:- 1st buy (buy 1) cashed in +100, 2nd sell (sell 2) cashed in +100, 1st sell (sell 1) now breaking even and the 2nd buy (buy 2) is -100. This gives an overall a gain of 100 pips in total. We can liquidate all the deals and have some champagne as we have made a profit of 100 pips.

Please make sure you understand the mathematics behind the activities discussed above. You may have to reread and draw the movements on a piece of paper to make sure you understand the concept.

This formation is the 100% retracement formation where the price goes up to a grid level and then returns back to the starting grid level and results in a nice profit for the forex trader. There are many other market movements that turn this strange Buy and Sell at the same time activity into profits. The next article will cover the 50% retractment formation which produces the same amount of profit.

There will be much more on the no stop, hedged grid trading system in future articles in this directory. Do not miss them, whatever you do.

In this forth article in the series you can learn how to make money trading the no stop, hedged Forex trading system by having a buy and a sell active at each grid trading level. A mathematical calculation is shown of the basic 100% retracement formation.