Day trading is something that is interesting to dabble in, especially if you have the resources to spare. Updates are posted in real time on the Internet and the trading floor is constantly active that it is quite impossible for you to be out of the loop, unless, well you do it deliberately. Some say there really is nothing to day trading. And there really isn’t — that is, IF you have the proper background. There are some people, however, that fall to common mistakes made during trading and end up losing a lot of money because of their ignorance.
Here are some of the more common pitfalls associated with day trading:
Lack of Commitment
Day trading requires constant and hawk-like monitoring. Thus, if you are unable to commit your time and review market movements and study financial trends, you might as well throw yourself off a trading cliff. Trading involves deals with sporadic market conditions and should therefore be studies frequently. People who want to engage in day trading should commit not just their time to the actual trading session itself, but also to learning about new methods and strategies outside of it.
Lack of emotional control
Greed is the enemy of an effective trader. That is, you should not bite more than you chew. Sure, day trading can spell gargantuan windfalls, but if you don’t know how to play your cards right and allow yourself to deliberately lose a little along the way, you are likely to encounter a lot more pain when the actual losing part kicks in.
Often, when a reasonable profit has already been reached, some traders opt to hold on and refuse to close in anticipation of a higher value, which usually does not come. Do not stay in the market longer than you should, even if that little voice in your head tells you that there might still be a chance that values would rise. Trade the next day if you want a greater win. Just don’t place all your money in just one trade at one time.
Trading too much
You don’t need to trade everyday and hold multiple positions in the market to ensure a win. Some traders have this misconception that more cards are laid out there, the greater is the chance of them winning. This is not Bingo. You can’t put it all out there, lest you stand to lose all of them at the same time. Trade wisely. Study market movements and see when the best time to put out is. Save your trading capital for good days and hold out on dubious period. The active trader is not always the wisest trader on the block.
Absence of a plan
When you engage in day trading, you can’t just decide to trade this and that expect fate to move things for you. This is not a casino. And, hey, even in a casino you’ll need some form of strategy. Because trading is greatly influenced by economic and political events, you must learn how to map out a trading plan that would reap the best possible benefits for you. Creating a trading plan will help in certain surprise situations, like the sudden downfall of a resource stock because of an unforeseen hurricane. It will help you determine what courses of action are available before any instance of such sort happens.
Failure to accept a loss
Day trading is a gamble, so you must learn when to back down when needed. There are traders that hold on to their losses for longer than they should, hoping that by some twist of fate the stock values go up and they recover. This is often not the case when trading in the stockmarket, so you’ll need to learn to be humble and accept defeat.