6 Day Trading Guidelines for Beginners

6 Day Trading Guidelines for Beginners

Many people are excited about the idea of day trading, because of its potential to earn huge sums of money in the shortest possible time. However, without the proper guidance, their life as a day trader may fail miserably, and can get quite discouraging.

Day Trading Guidelines

The truth is, day trading can get quite difficult at times, and if you are new to this, you probably will get lost at trying to learn all the information you may need. However, these few tips will help you in setting your trading career in the right direction.

1.   Be realistic – The reason you started your career as a day trader is because you needed the money. However, don’t expect that you can become an instant millionaire overnight. Patience is a virtue in this career. Instead of your goal being able to make money instantly, your mindset should be to focus on learning the tricks of the trade. Once you’ve built up your skills and are very confident on them, that’s when you can ACTUALLY start earning money.

 2.   Exert effort – As with any other career, becoming a successful day trader takes a lot of time and effort. Unless you’re just doing this as a hobby, in which you only dedicate an hour or two for it, it’s quite common for day traders to sit in the front of the computer during the entire duration of the trading day. This career is extremely competitive, so work hard or else you’ll find yourself always at the losing end.

 3.   Ask around – As a beginner, you’ll surely have no idea of what you’re going to do during the initial stages. But instead of trying to spend several weeks, or even years, teaching yourself, and miserably failing along the way, it is best if you seek other, more experienced traders for advice. Having yourself a mentor will provide a big boost in your trading career, since your mentor will guide and assist you as you go along in improving your skills.

 4.   Interacting with your fellow traders will also help you build strong relationships with them, which will allow you discuss trade ideas with each other, or even do an assessment with your past trades.

 5.   Always have a backup plan – Day trading is like gambling. There are times that risky situations may come across, and you can either gain or lose it all. In the presence of these kinds of situations, it’s wise to always have a risk management plan, something that can help you get out of a tight trading spot when things get out of hand. Aside from this, when going for a trade, you should always consider if the potential rewards far outweigh the risk associated with the trade.

 6.   Keep a calm composure – If you ever lost your composure, you may find yourself going into a lot of trades than you used to, called “overtrading”, and you may find yourself losing more money. Beginners are especially prone to overtrading, so when you find yourself on the losing side of a trade constantly, it’s best to give yourself a break, to regain your composure.

 7.   Track your trades – Finally, make note out of every trades you’ve engaged in, and review your notes at the end of any trading day. With this, you’ll be able to keep track on which trades are successful and failing for you, so you can make out more effective strategies for your future trading engagements.

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Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith lives in Adelaide, Australia and is full time trader. Kenneth offers you his many trading tips in his articles. All the information presented in his posts are based on extensive experience gleaned from years of working with many trading platforms.