Day trading, or intraday trading, all takes place within 24 hours. Technically, longer-term trading refers to anything beyond that one-day period, but for most traders, longer-term trading involves weeks, months or longer. Day traders may also conduct longer-term trades and long-term traders may do some intraday trading. However, the strategies and analytic tools differ for each type of trading. Longer-term trading is also part of an investment strategy, while day trading is more akin to gaming than investing. In either type of trading, traders can profit or lose money depending on their securities choices and timing.

What is Day Trading?

As with any type of trading, the aim of day trading is buying low and selling high. The day trading difference is that such buying and selling takes place within 24 hours. The day trader aims to take advantage of small price movements within that time period. A day trader must have a high-risk tolerance to achieve success.
Before getting started with day trading, traders must develop a day trading strategy and should perform paper trades on a simulator before trading with real money. They need access to day trading software and the charts and analytic tools necessary for successful day trading. Day traders must develop entrance and exit strategies for their fast-paced trading.

Since day trading is risky, traders should only use risk capital – funds they can afford to lose. A rule of thumb is to only risk 1 percent of trading capital per trade. The average day trader makes dozens of trades daily. They also take advantage of leverage offered by brokerage companies, allowing them to take positions that are more than the money in their trading account. For example, if a day trader has $20,000 in his trading account, 2:1 leverage allows him to purchase securities worth twice that amount, $40,000.

What is Longer-Term Trading?

Besides buy-and-hold investors, who may not sell securities for years, there are other types of longer-term traders. These include swing traders, whose positions are held for days or weeks. If day traders opt to take longer-term positions, they often decide to swing trade.

The Trading Process

Since day trading is done on an intraday basis, it requires more of a time commitment from traders. Successful day traders spend at least two hours daily trading, and many of them trade throughout the day. The two-hour minimum is really for those with a job outside day trading. The most active time for North American day traders is when the U.S. markets open, but should a day job get in the way they can trade the European markets which are open late at night in North America. For these day traders, their best timing coincides with the London markets opening.
Long-term traders don’t experience the same time constraints. They can do their research and make their trades at what they feel are the appropriate times. Many long-term traders take the time-honored route of purchasing high-quality stocks and holding on to them for years. It’s the “slow and steady” form of investing, relatively safe over the long-term but not too exciting.


Day traders rely on various tools to guide them when buying and selling. Multiple monitors for their computers can aid in tracking analytics and a security’s performance, as well as keeping traders up-to-date on the day’s news. Information about a particular stock or industry can suddenly affect relevant stock prices. There is a myriad of tools available for day traders to conduct technical analysis, and the trader’s decision is usually a matter of personal preference. Such tools include charts, which the trader must learn to read, and oscillators, which portray overbought or oversold conditions. Other valuable tools include volume indicators, breadth indicators – showing overall market sentiment – and overlays, which show price movements. Day traders also depend on trading strategies, again a matter of personal preference. Common day trading strategies include the simple trend strategy, which involves “riding the trend,” range strategies, which indicate the security’s support and resistance levels, and breakout stock trading. The latter occurs when a security breaches its resistance point.
Long-term traders rely more on fundamental analysis, looking for a stock’s intrinsic value. It means examining a company’s financial statements and digging through the balance sheet, cash flow statement and income statement. An in-depth analysis of this information reveals the fundamentals of a company, and from there a long-term trader can decide whether its stock will rise or fall within a certain period and buy or short shares.

Seeking Returns

One major difference between day trading and long-term trading is the amount of return the traders seek. A day trader may seek returns of 10 to 15 percent monthly, while a long-term trader hopes to attain the same level of returns annually. In that sense, day trading and long-term trading is based on a different psychology. Successful day traders must outperform long-term investors. Otherwise, day trading makes little sense because of its inherent risks. Day traders look for more frequent profits which are smaller in nature than the less frequent profits of long-term traders.

The SureTrader Advantage

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Well, once again the unexpected happened. The majority of politicians, bankers, and economists had made their concerns known regarding the damage that could be done by a vote for the UK to leave the European Union (EU). UK citizens took little, if any, of such warnings to heart, voting to leave the EU and stand on their own economic legs. What drove the decision?

Heritage Foundation economist Steve Moore advised that the results were unexpected by most observers or politicians who had tried to make the point to the working class that such an exit would disrupt the economy even further. Moore put forth his expectation that part of the reason for the vote to exit the EU is the lack of confidence in the political machine and leadership, and citizens being tired of feeling that they are underwriting the economies of other EU countries through bailing out failing policies such as those that placed Greece in financial straits.

Market Trends After the Brexit Vote

Whatever is behind the decision made by UK voters, the impact to market trends has been immediate and extends far beyond the borders of the British Isles. US markets including the S&P 500 experienced the largest single-day drop in nearly a year. US companies further anticipate that over the next few months or even a year or two, trade with UK interests could be impacted as new agreements are negotiated. Eyes are focused on US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for her interpretation on the Brexit impact on US interests and how the Feds may react.

This presents a not-so-rosy picture for workers whose retirement plans are based on performance of a 401K or other investment portfolio largely dependent on stocks. Dropping stock values may significantly impact many of those nest eggs and even delay retirement dates.

Is There a Positive Side to Current Market Trends?

As is usually the case, there is a bright side to current economic trends.

Interest rates are expected to remain low to avoid further weakness to an already fragile economy. This could be an incentive for homebuyers and purchasers of other items that are typically financed for long periods of time, including new automobiles.

Tech stocks such as Facebook and Alphabet will likely remain somewhat untouched by the turbulence triggered by Brexit in large part due to their massive customer bases and increasing revenue stream from online advertisers. Another relatively new entry in the online relationship category is MeetMe (MEET) which is currently most saturated in the US, but is available in multiple languages making the ‘social discovery’ company poised for global reach. Not only is the company growing revenue and net income considerably, but its success may present a ripe target for acquisition by a prospective buyer that wants to enter the market segment. Traders may want to take special notice of this opportunity, as timing could be right for investing.

Communications companies that have a global reach and leading reputation for quality and reliable service should also fare well even in volatile periods. These would include such companies as Cisco and NetGear.

Another plus – with the increasing value of the US dollar vs. the British pound, a trip to the UK may now be an attractive consideration for travel plans in the near future. This could be beneficial to British economic conditions as well, as nearly 10% of visitors to the UK last year came from the US, with visitors spending more than those from any other nation.

What Does the UK Stock Market Outlook Mean for Day Traders?

Investors may be taking a short-term pause to evaluate the reaction of global and local market segments. It will take a period of months or even years for the full impact of new trade agreements and economic fallout to be felt, including any domino effect that could influence similar movement by other EU countries.

Investors are moving, at least temporarily, toward what are generally more safe havens in the markets such as government and municipal bonds and time-proven commodities such as gold and other precious metals. One of the most historically safe investments is that of US Treasuries, which will likely grow in demand. Traders may take a cautious eye in watching for stocks to bottom out and buy at rates that are extremely low compared to recent months. Selling as stocks drop only cements losses that may be reversed as markets turn around, although no one can predict with any certainty what the timing for such a recovery will be.

Whether your tendency is to wait and see what happens to market trends, or to jump in quickly and take advantage of stocks that have dropped to at least short-term low prices, information is your best tool in making investment decisions.

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Anyone reading a financial page or newspaper is aware of significant activity in UK markets brought about by many influences. This includes not only the impacts of the global economy but especially the state of European Union (EU) countries and consideration on behalf of the UK to break away from the EU – referred to now as Brexit. How is this impacting the British economy, and to what extent?

British citizenship and leaders are on the cusp of what many economists view as a vote that will be critical to the future of the UK’s financial position not only within the EU but also throughout global markets. During its time as part of the EU, Britain has flourished with trade agreements that have boosted economic growth from the slowest in the ‘group of seven’ economic powers (G7) to one of the strongest from the standpoint of growth in GDP. Those weighing in on the ‘leave’ side of the discussion point to economic policy reforms internal to the UK that boosted performance, rather than being part of the EU. Economists on the ‘stay’ side of the decision (who at this point in time represent the majority) feel departing will slow economic growth. Their estimates reveal that the EU has played a significant role in the economic growth of the UK – possibly as much as 10% – through opening up increased access to markets throughout Europe.

Taking all views based on economic history and educated opinions into account, the most widely-held belief is that exiting from the EU would create a negative impact on the UK by closing doors for trade in EU markets while opening few to make up the loss in other countries or markets.

How is the UK Stock Market Reacting?

Brexit is, of course, only one of the factors in day-to-day activity in the UK stock market. With a higher expectation that the UK will remain a part of the EU, UK markets remain on an uptick with the British FTSE 100 rising .4% with the vote looming, and the pan-European STOXX 600 index having realized the same level of gains for several consecutive days of upward trends.

Reuters reported that the UK’s blue chip index closed at 6,204 points early this week for a 3% gain, the best reported for a single day since February. This is believed to be in part due to a positive expectation that the UK will indeed remain in the EU.

Not everything is as rosy, with commodities such as industrial metals trending downward due to an excess in supply from global markets. Copper is an example with a drop of .5%. Energy stocks also declined driven by the global drop in oil prices.

Investors are exercising general caution in purchases pending the final outcome of the Brexit vote. There is also concern that should the UK go through with an exit move, other EU countries could be taking a look at their positions in the EU and consider a similar move, causing a domino effect within the EU as a whole. This could be much more disruptive to the state of the European economy than the UK on its own, possibly triggering global economic volatility.

Currency traders note that the British pound has trended downward in recent months – even over a period of years. Brexit is not expected to impact the pound’s performance significantly, regardless of the outcome of the vote. The pound fell against the US dollar in recent trading sessions due to concerns over the impact of the pending vote, although more recent beliefs that the UK will stay have not reversed that direction. The pound has in fact been the most impacted segment in anticipation of the Brexit vote results.

What Does the UK Stock Market Outlook Mean for Traders?

Even with the concerns and volatility that could be generated by the UK’s decision to remain in the EU, there are opportunities for traders. US stocks actually gained with the news from polls that indicate Britain will remain in the EU. Concerns had previously caused a nosedive in the US Dow industrials while positive expectations reinvigorated trading as the S&P 500 gained ground, spurred by shares in segments such as commodities.

Day traders can take advantage of volatility in UK stock markets regardless of whether the vote to leave the EU is stay or go. Jumping into the right trade at the right time can generate profits simply from the gyrations that can be expected by either decision.

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Many stocks or industries have seasonal trends, and summer is certainly no exception to that rule. Historically the stock market slows during the summer season as families vacate their homes for road trips and visits to entertainment destinations. There is even a well-known saying among investors: “Buy in May and go away”.

Summer is Here – What Stock Trends Are Shaping Up?

Although trading seems to slow during the summer months due to vacations and other seasonal activities, those months have also been known to experience at least a respectable rate of growth during the same period.

Many large investors shed higher-risk elements from their portfolios as they prepare to take time off since they will not be as actively monitoring market activity.

What are the Bright Spots of Summer Stock Trends?

Over recent years, some of the winners during summer trading periods include segments in or closely tied to health care, utilities, and energy markets. Those markets that tend to drop are such stocks as material and industrial sectors along with a general lag in consumer discretionary spending. Some of these appear logical for many traders since travel and summer pastimes focus traders and their families away from large purchases as dollars are put to work elsewhere.

Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor’s Equity Research summed it up quite succinctly in stating “a lot of investors are more focused on their tans than their portfolios.”

There are certainly exceptions that tie to where families are spending those dollars: hospitality, entertainment venues, and travel. Whether that means an expensive trip abroad, vacations to popular theme parks, or just getting away from home for a few days, travelers hit the road or take to the air in droves while the weather permits and children are away from school for a few weeks or more. Companies engaged in these markets make a large percentage of their profits during the summer months, much as retailers look to the holidays for their primary revenues.

Other highlights for summer investors are outdoor outfitters such as Cabela’s and “big box” stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot that supply consumers with grills and accessories, yard care equipment, and outdoor furniture.

Summer Stock Trends and Tools

Timing can be an incredibly valuable time as traders watch for lowering stock prices to time buys just as values will begin to trend up. That may mean waiting for the summer downward trend to begin its reversal and start climbing in the Fall.

If you’re a vacationing trader there are some tools to consider that can keep you in touch with your market segments while you travel:

Portable computers in the form of systems like the Microsoft Surface Pro or high-powered tablets and iPads that combine the power of a computer with the portability of a tablet.

AMPL Smart Bag – don’t worry about missing a trade due to low power when you latch on to this bag equipped with SmartBatteries to keep your tablet, smartphone, or laptop ready whenever you need them.

goTenna – if you have a device but no connectivity you can’t make your trades when the time is right. This simple and portable antenna-like device lets you sync your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth-LE to put you on the air for trading where there is no cell coverage or Wi-Fi available.

With devices like these, you’re able to access your online broker anytime, anywhere. Enjoy the summer season while staying connected to maximize your trading success.

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There Has Been Plenty of Recent US Dollar News

US stock markets and the US dollar have been in the news for many reasons in recent weeks.

Wall Street tumbled this week amid falling oil prices and declining bond yields that impacted not only US but also global bond markets. As Great Britain considers leaving the European Union (EU) anxious investors consider the impact on global currencies including the US dollar and US bond markets.

Such concerns make traders and even long-term investors seek safer choices in their trades. Interest in US government bonds is rising as bonds in other countries such as Japan and Germany have declined to unprecedented lows. This makes US bonds the bright spot in historically safe government bond market segments. Erik Davidson at Wells Fargo Private Bank indicated that residual concerns remaining from the financial crisis drive investors to vehicles that they perceive as safer havens.

The US dollar itself was up .23% standing out as an exception to a mix of other currencies that have not fared as well in recent months.

US business investment has experienced a slump as companies hesitate to part with capital in the current US economy, even as consumer spending has experienced an upswing and the summer travel and vacation season is anticipating higher participation and profitability than over the past few years. Businesses express a certain level of anxiety over the political climate and the upcoming Presidential election. Some business owners opine that Donald Trump will likely be friendlier to business interests than if Hillary Clinton takes office. Regardless of the political outcome spending remains under close scrutiny by business decision-makers.

US oil production has increased recently with more rigs springing back to life over the past couple of weeks, generating the impact of reduced US-produced crude prices due to rising supplies.

The US Federal Reserve also has hinted that interest rate hikes alluded to earlier in the year will likely be put on hold due to sluggish economic reports including poor employment statistics reported due to the lack of new jobs being created over most recent months.

Reactions to US Dollar News by Traders and Investors

Keeping in close touch via news feeds from regional and global agencies can be leveraged for increased profits for investors and day traders. By including insight to US and global markets the impact on stock values, currencies, and commodities can be evaluated to highlight the best opportunities for gains. Global markets have an increasingly close relationship to US markets and currency values.

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