Day trading is a way of trading that generally relates to entering and exiting trades such that all positions are closed off before the end of the trading day. As a style, it refers more to people who are willing to execute multiple trades within a relatively short period, attempting to make money off what more long-term traders would see as fluctuations.
Some seasoned Forex traders prefer this method as opposed to long-term methods for various reasons. There is instant gratification. You can see the results of your efforts in shorter periods. It can be very profitable, particularly if you have a large amount of money in your account. Large institutions engage in this sort of trading quite a bit because they have millions, maybe billions in their accounts. A very small move might earn the small-time trader – i.e. me – only a few hundred dollars. That same “fluctuation” might earn the big boys tens of thousands of dollars or more. It means that you have many more opportunities to open positions and thus, make profits. Unfortunately, it also means you have many more opportunities to lose your money. As with all forms of trading, the trick is managing your money effectively; something that is a lot more difficult when operating in shorter time frames.
One of the obstacles cited by some traders in their case against day trading is the necessity of spending more time in trading mode. This means staring at a computer screen, for most people. It can also mean listening to news, constantly browsing the information websites etc. These traders may be able to overcome the higher risks that Day Trading might entail; they just don’t have the time to do that. This is where an automated system comes in. If any of these traders could “program” his trading system into a Forex Trading Software, then that problem would be solved. In that situation, the trader no longer has to devote all that time. Other tasks can be done. When there is a Buy or Sell signal, the trader can have a quick look at the markets and confirm this by opening the position.
It is also possible to have the software enter and exit trades for you, hence the term “automated”. To use this, the trader would have to have complete trust in his system. Many automated systems are now available from a large variety of traders and gurus. If you feel comfortable enough, you can try one. It’s easy enough to test on a demo account. If you wish to try any of these on a live account, then you should start out using the signals, while you actually enter the trades yourself. They usually have a free trial period, so you can evaluate whether or not you are comfortable using them. That way, if it doesn’t work out, you can get your money back, or just not buy the full product.
As with any of the other trading styles, techniques or whatever you might choose to call them, this one has takers and those who are against it. Some experts argue that it is simply not possible to do any meaningful analysis when operating within such a short time frame. Such a sentiment is understandable. This method of trading, in their opinion, reduces Forex Trading to something more akin to gambling. They would argue rightfully that entering and exiting a trade should not be like throwing dice. There should be a clear strategy in place. This concept is just much more complicated to implement when engaging in day trading. You are also significantly more exposed to price spikes due to news. It can be a wild ride. Adding an automated system to the mix goes even further down the road in that respect.
Regardless of that, there are those who thrive on it. It’s hard to argue with facts and figures. For some people, Day Trading is Forex trading. They wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, the first fulltime trader I met was a Day trader. He did well, making consistent profits. It’s not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done profitably. Ultimately, you will have to try it yourself to see how it sits with you. Who knows…you might find that you’re a natural born Day trader.