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Scalping for Profits as a Day Trading Strategy

Prices of stocks and other securities change constantly during the day. They move every time an order is placed. There’s a way that day traders can profit from those movements: It’s not exactly arbitrage [more…]

Consider Transaction Costs before Executing a Day Trade

Day trading costs money. Consider all the costs of getting started: buying equipment, paying for Internet access, learning how to trade. Add to those costs the costs of doing business that vary with each [more…]

Risk Arbitrage Tools for Day Traders

Because so few opportunities for true arbitrage exist, most day traders looking at arbitrage strategies actually practice risk arbitrage. Like true arbitrage, risk arbitrage attempts to generate profits [more…]

Convertible Arbitrage as a Strategy for Day Trading

Day Traders use arbitrage tools — derivatives, leverage, short selling, synthetic securities — in many ways to generate profitable trades of stock and other securities. If you decide to do arbitrage, there [more…]

Fixed Income Arbitrage as a Day Trading Strategy

Lots of day traders use arbitrage as one of their strategies for profiting from the stock and securities markets. There are a number of ways to approach arbitrage, including arbitrage in the fixed income [more…]

Index Arbitrage as a Day Trading Strategy

If you have decided to add arbitrage to your bag of day trading strategies, consider index arbitrage. Arbitrageurs love an asset — like an index — that has lots of different securities based on its value [more…]

How Company Mergers Create Arbitrage Opportunities for Day Traders

Every day, companies get bought and sold, and that creates arbitrage opportunities for the day trader in the stock market. In fact, one of the better-known arbitrage strategies out there is [more…]

Arbitrage Opportunities for Day Traders in the Options Market

Options form the basis of many arbitrage strategies, especially for those day traders who work the stock market. First, many different types of options are available, even on the same security. The two [more…]

Good Day Traders Are Disciplined

Successful day traders have an innate sense of discipline. They know when to commit more money to a trade and when to cut their losses and close shop for the day. [more…]

Good Day Traders React to Breaking News

One reason that the stock and securities markets are so volatile is that they respond to news events. Prices reflect information, changing when any little bit of information comes into the market — even [more…]

Successful Day Traders Set Targets and Limits

Good day traders set limits. They often place stop and limit orders to automatically close out their market positions when they reach a certain price level. They have profit targets in mind and know how [more…]

Choose a Direct Access Brokerage Firm for Day Trading

Almost all day trading strategies need direct access to stock and bond pricing in order to maximize profitability. Direct access brokers allow you to see the price quotes in [more…]

Types of Brokerage Access Platforms for Day Trading

To get stock market information and place your day trading orders, you will need a computer platform to communicate with your brokerage firm’s systems. The conduit is the Internet, but you need a way to [more…]

Brokerage Firms for Day Traders: A-F

Day traders almost always work through online brokerage accounts. Many firms offering these accounts handle trading in almost all securities. The firms usually belong to all the exchanges, so you can trade [more…]

Brokerage Firms for Day Traders: I through S

If you are going to start day trading, you will need an online brokerage account. The firms usually belong to all the exchanges, so you can trade almost anything anywhere in the world through them. Here [more…]

Brokerage Firms for Day Traders: T-Z

An online brokerage account is one of the first investments a day trader must make. This is a list of a few firms you may want to consider. The list is not exhaustive and does not imply an endorsement [more…]

Brokers for Day Trading in the Options and Futures Markets

To effectively day trade options and futures, you need an account with a broker that has direct access to the exchanges’ electronic communications networks. Several full-service firms offer that service [more…]

Brokers for Day Trading in the Foreign Exchange Markets

The foreign exchange, or forex, market is the largest trading market in the world and offers lots of opportunities for day traders to make (or lose) money. Most forex trades take place between banks, corporations [more…]

Equip Your Day Trading Workspace

Successful day traders approach stock market trading as a professional activity. That means starting with an adequate work space and dedicated equipment. Here are some things to consider as you define [more…]

Get and Stay Connected to the Internet to Day Trade

You can’t day trade without a connection to the Internet, but that connection adds another element of risk — viruses. Smart phones offer internet connections and can serve as possible back up to regular [more…]

Build Redundancy into Day Trading Equipment and Connections

When you day trade, you are intentionally looking at volatile markets and fast-moving securities because that’s where you have the most opportunity to make money in a short time. You may very well be leveraged [more…]

Trading Arcades: Alternative to Home-based Day Trading Office

Don’t want to set up your own office in order to get started at day trading? Not ready to commit to two Internet lines, three PCs, and four monitors? Worried you’ll be bored and lonely working alone at [more…]

Free Day Trading Training and Education Services

Check out the free offerings from the exchanges and self-regulatory organizations to help you get started in day trading. Through these sources, you can find webinars, online courses, and plenty of reading [more…]

Conferences for Day Traders

Although day trading is a deskbound pursuit, you may want to get out into the world to learn more about trading and research different companies with products for day traders. Many of the exchanges and [more…]

Training Classes for Day Traders

Although not necessary, many day traders learn the game by enrolling in a training program, ranging from a graduate-level certificate program offered by Northwestern University to DVDs hawked on late-night [more…]


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