Introducation to Day Trading

Sometimes you will hear the term "end of day trading". Needless to say, I took the term rather literally when I first came across it. Day trading is founded on the principle of using prices of stocks as they are at the end of each day's trading hours.

Generally, all day trading activity takes place during any one day. Traders make their judgements based on the performance of the previous day's figures - or more often than not, a whole series of figures from a number of immediately preceding days. Either way, the measure of unit for the time scale is one day.

1. The factor that separates it from other methods is that there is no trading done after hours, or over the course of weeks or months. Until the advent of the internet and broadband in particular, only the full time traders in the business had any profound interest or knowledge in stock market trading. But nowadays, we are fortunate enough to have this exciting business brought right into our living rooms and there's much we can access in terms of knowledge and putting that knowledge into practice - for profit.

2. In days gone by, the only way you could trade was through your broker or bank. But now, I'm happy to say, everything is wide open. In a matter of hours, you can have your very own stock market trading platform, without even getting out of bed if you don't want to. I have data feed for stock prices supplied to me every day for less than $1 a day, and an online account which shows me streaming up to date prices, rather like a rolling spreadsheet which cost me a $200 one time payment, to open an account.

There's a lot a fear and caution surrounding trading, but in my opinion, most of it is unfounded and based on lack of knowledge. And there are several risk management techniques available and some quite milder natured markets you can begin with you can I was quite fearful until I started to explore the possibilities and take a serious look at the whole picture. The management system of stop loss procedures certainly calmed my fears and I wouldn't day trade without them now.