Day Trading Tips To Give You An Edge

Day trading can be a thrilling way to make money. But it's more challening than most beginners think. Here are some day trading tips that can help the new trader as well as the more advanced trader to achieve your goals faster.

Tip #1: Do not over trade. The market is a random walk most of the time, meaning that it's moving around without a pattern that can forecasted. Retail traders taking small positions in the market cause this meaningless movement.

These amateurs do not affect the long-term movement of the market. The professionals, with their large volume and their willingness to hold positions longer, are the ones who create sustainable moves in the market that can provide meaningful profits.

Many traders are lured to day trading because of the energy of the business and the potential for big profits. This mindset is not helpful. The pros keep their powder dry for long periods of time waiting for a high-probability situation to happen. They are much less active than beginners think.

Second: The trend is not always your friend. Perhaps the most common axiom in trading is "The trend is your friend." That is a half-truth.

The trend is a fair weather friend!

It's true that the trend is your friend early on. But trends get exhausted and end. It's more accurate to say: "The trend is your friend, until the end."

There are 2 times to trade when you can put stats on your side:

When a new trend is just starting.

When a trend has run its course.

Trading at these two times lets you put the "edge" of the bell curve on your side. Trading mid-trend, puts you in the middle of the bell curve where the outcome is completely unpredictable.

Third: Join free trading rooms for day trading tips but do exactly the opposite of what you hear!

I've participated in many chat rooms over the years, and have received a tremendous benefit from them. But the benefit did not come from listening to the teacher. It came from watching the comments of the participants as they shared what they were doing at any given time in the market.

Most of the time they do the exact opposite of what they should be doing.

They reveal the mind of the unprofitable retail traders. It's almost eerie how the amateurs think alike when it comes to trading the markets. If you listen to them long enough in the trading rooms you'll start to notice the patterns of the things they do consistently. Do the opposite and win.

As an example, one of the most common problems amateur traders have, is resisting the urge to fight the trend. You'll often hear comments such as: "The market can't go any higher than this." "This market just has to turn around at this point." "The market is definitely way over-extended now."

It's uncanny how the retail traders as a group, seem to be determined to find tops and bottoms. For some reason they have a hard time trading with the trend and seem obsessed with trading against it. Of course this can spell big money for you. Once you know what the amateurs are doing, you can make money be trading against them.

Day trading can be enjoyable and financially beneficial. To be a success, however, you must avoid the herd and stand apart from the masses who lose their money. Employ these 3 day trading tips to put you squarely on the path to profitability.

About the Author

Dr. Barry Burns is the president of Top Dog Trading, writes a day trading blog and offers a free 5-day video course which offers day trading tips. He has spoken to DayWealthUSA, "Elite Masters of Trading," and Wealth Expos.