What is your day trading strategy? Perhaps you focus primarily on one technique, or maybe you trade a few different ways. It’s always good to learn more as an investor. Let’s take a look at some of the various day trading strategies out there so that you can get a firmer grasp on how to grab those bulls by the horns, pardon the pun.
Bears don’t have horns, so just keep that in mind. To be sure, you can make money off of a declining market, but watch out. The people doing that often have a considerable amount of cash to invest and a lot of patience. Patience is a virtue and must be developed, and it is also something that, when it comes to investing, may come easier to those who have lot of money and aren’t as worried about losing it.
Have you heard about momentum trading? This is quite your typical strategy. If you look at stocks on the popular Zacks website, you will see a grade for securities based on momentum. No matter what type of an investor you are, it’s good to know the momentum of a company. On the Zacks website, the momentum grade is one that isn’t posted for any given particular day but just as things stand with the company.
As a day trader, however, you are going to want to know what that stock is doing that day. Most stocks don’t move up or down more than 5 percent. Keep that in mind as you learn about when to jump on the wagon so to speak. If you jump in there when a stock has already moved up 5 percent, well, you might have just bought high. That is the problem with momentum trading.
Of course, if a security has quite the momentum, not just for the day, then it could continue to be on the rise. You’re a day trader though, and you’re trying to find the picks that are moving up that day, not losing you money on any given day. One thing you can also do is look for those stocks that dip.
When jumping on the bandwagon, you might find yourself buying high. But when buying when a security isn’t as popular and is being sold, then you might end up buying low more often. Of course, a stock can always dip further. You might want to look and see if a particular stock is what’s called ‘oversold.’ Also, you’re going to want to of course look at a whole bunch of other metrics, different charts and get familiar with candlestick patterns, too.
There is also the scalping strategy and the pullback trading strategy, which is kind of what I touched on already. Yet when employing the pullback strategy, you’re going to want to be sure that you look for trends. Breakout trading and news trading are also popular strategies. Be sure that you look at how you can combine strategies, too, and see what other day traders have to teach you.