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Resources to Do Taxes on Day Trading Income Yourself

Day traders can do their own taxes. If you are comfortable with tax forms and if you are only day trading a little bit, you may be able to do your own taxes. Here’s what you need: the proper IRS forms [more…]

What Day Trading Is Not

So much mythology surrounds day trading: Day traders lose money. Day traders make money. Day traders are insane. Day traders are cold and rational. Day trading is easy. Day trading is a direct path to [more…]

How to Keep Track of Your Day Trading Gains and Losses

After you put your day trading strategy to work during the trading day, it’s easy to let the energy and emotion overtake you. You get sloppy and stop keeping track of what’s happening. And that’s not good [more…]

How to Calculate Compound Average Rate of Return (CAGR) from Day Trading

The most common way to calculate investment returns is to use a time-weighted average. This method is perfect for traders who start with one pool of money and don’t add to it or take money out. This is [more…]

How to Calculate the Risk in Your Day Trading Returns

Most day traders are pretty good at keeping track of the money they have made, but generally not so good at assessing the risk inherent in those returns. Here are a couple of measures you can look at to [more…]

How to Benchmark Your Day Trading Performance

To understand your performance numbers, you need one more step: what your performance is relative to what else you could be doing with your money. [more…]

The Difference between a Hot Day Trading Tip and Insider Trading

Day traders, who buy and sell so quickly, frequently receive hot tips. They may be participating in message boards or chat services where hot rumors can get the blood flowing on a dull day. If these hot [more…]

Rule Changes in Securities Markets in Crisis Conditions

As a day trader you will find that most trading days are governed by a predictable set of rules and regulations. Regulators sit on the sidelines, watching the markets with little interaction until a big [more…]

Add Partners to Your Day Trading Business

Once your day trading proves to be wildly successful, you may want to take on partners to give you more trading capital and a slightly more regular income from the management fees. You can take on partners [more…]

Risk-free Rate of Return and the Time Value of Money for Day Traders

Any investment or trading opportunity should include compensation for the time value of your money.In day trading, your returns from the time value of money are small, because you only hold positions for [more…]

Differences between Trading, Investing, and Gambling

Day trading is a cousin to both investing and gambling, but it is not the same as either. Day trading involves quick reactions to the markets, not a long-term consideration of all the factors that can [more…]

Manage the Risks of Day Trading

When you know more about the risks, returns, and related activities of day trading, you can think more about how you’re going to run your day-trading business. Before you flip through the book to find [more…]

Capital Requirements for Day Trading

You don’t necessarily need a lot of money to begin day trading, but you do need a lot of money to buy certain kinds of securities.

Stocks generally trade in [more…]

Day Trading Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Exchange traded funds (or ETFs) are a cross between mutual funds and stocks, and they offer a great way for day traders to get exposure to market segments that may otherwise be difficult to trade. A money [more…]

Day Trading in the Currency Markets

Currency trading can be really exciting for a day trader. Every day, trillions (yes, that’s trillions with a t) of dollars of currency are exchanged between governments, banks, travelers, businesses, and [more…]

Day Trading in the Commodities Markets

Commodities can provide an opportunity for the shrewd day trader to make a tidy profit. While commodity prices usually tend to increase at the same rate as in the overall economy, meaning they maintain [more…]

Types of Derivatives for Day Traders

Day traders are likely to come across three types of derivatives: options, futures, and warrants. Options and futures trade on dedicated derivatives exchanges, whereas warrants trade on stock exchanges [more…]

Day Trading in Derivatives

Day trading in derivatives is a little different than trading in other types of securities because derivatives are based on promises. When someone buys an option on a stock, they aren’t trading the stock [more…]

Popular Things for Day Traders to Trade

You can day trade so many different securities and derivatives! Sure, you want to trade anything that makes money for you, but what on earth is that? Each market has its own nuances, so if you flit from [more…]

When Day Traders Don’t Close Positions at the End of the Day

By definition, day traders only hold their investment positions for a single day. Closing out at the end of the day is important for a few reasons: [more…]

Maxims and Clichés that Guide and Mislead Day Traders

Clichés are useful shorthand for important rules that can help you plan your day trading. But they can also mislead you. Here’s a run-through of some clichés that you’ll come across in your trading career [more…]

The Difference between Speculating and Hedging when Day Trading

Professional traders fall into two categories: speculators and hedgers. Day traders are speculators, but it is important to understand the difference.

Speculators [more…]

Day Traders Work in a Zero-sum Environment

Day trading is a zero-sum endeavor; it has exactly as many winners as losers. And options and futures markets, which are popular with day traders, are zero-sum markets. If the person who holds an option [more…]

How to Be Disciplined about Your Day Trading

Day traders must start each day fresh and finish each day with a clean slate. This daily regimen reduces some of the risk, and it forces discipline. You can’t keep your losers longer than a day, and you [more…]

Commit to Day Trading as a Business

Day traders need to commit to market trading as if it were a business. For many people, the attraction of day trading is that traders can very much control their own hours and day trading seems like a [more…]

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