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How to Avoid Day Trading Mistakes

May 15, 2011 4:05 PM ET
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Star Alliance provides trading services through our broker-dealer Dimension Trading Group, LLC. All trades are cleared through Lek Securities Corporation (LEK), an electronic order-execution firm that provides direct access to equities, options and futures markets

Day trading can be a very complex and confusing field especially for beginners. It is also risky and challenging pursuit as you have to buy and sell stocks within the same trading day and make money from the difference. Conventionally, day trading is not for everybody as the tools and conveniences of day trading is not readily available to day traderssuch as the real time stock results, analysis tools and access to instant trades (without the help of a broker). Today, due to the inception of modern technology and the internet, everyone can participate day trading and be a day trader. Mistakes and losses are common in the day trading market. However, here are some of the steps on how you can avoid these mistakes:


  1. Learn how to play the game – As a beginner, it is important that you know how to conduct day trading and learn the game of stock market trading. A good and reliable trading education is of vital importance to be familiar with everything that you need to know about day trading. Success in this field means that you often win than lose.
  2. Understand stock market – Since you are working in the stock market, you should know how the market works to be able to determine the good and bad stocks. You should also be able to know how to read and analyze the trends.
  3. Always have a risk capital – This is like you always have a buffer in your money that is similar to contingency fund. The capital for day trading is important as you are aiming to grow your money.
  4. Buy your own computer, software and resources – If you are into online trading, it is important that you are equipped with the right and reliable resources for stock market trading.
  5. Develop a concrete trading strategy and strictly follow it – In day trading, it is important that you know what day trading techniques and strategies works best for you. Create your own trading plan to conduct your trades and stick to it. Many traders tend to suffer loss because they constantly change their trading plan or because they don’t have a trading plan at all.
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