In case of currency trading, the cost of trading is hidden in the bid/ask spreads offered by the broker. Day traders often rake up major commissions charges if they are trading stocks which makes it that much more difficult to beat the overall market. In the end, if you are unable to breakeven, you cannot survive long in day trading. So the more you day trade, the higher your trading cost will become.
Swing trading also entails facing stiff trading cost. These trading costs come in the shape of spread in case of currencies or commissions per each trade if you are trading stocks. But these trading costs are nothing as severe in swing trading as in day trading. Price action spans several days to several weeks in swing trading. Market fundamentals can come into play to a larger degree in swing trading as compared to day trading.
The holding period is longer in swing trading than in day trading. Swing trading can also generate higher potential profits on single trades. Day to day currency movements are due less to market fundamentals and more to short term supply and demand of currencies or shares.
Day trading demands lots of attention and time commitment from you. There is a misconception that day trading can be taken as a hobby. Day trading is stressful. In day trading a winning position can turn into a losing one within seconds. You have to have strong nerves if you want to permanently take on day trading.
Swing trading with an eye on earning additional income or improving the returns on your portfolio is less stressful than swing trading for a living. Currency markets are open 24/5. You can trade anytime of the day. You can enter or exit a position even late hours. Swing trading currency markets can be very profitable. Now the good thing about swing trading is that you can take it full time or part time.
Part time swing trading means doing analysis when you get home from work and then implementing trades the following day! Even though you may not be able to watch the market all day, you can enter stop loss orders to protect your capital. If you eventually want full time swing trading, you should first go though this phase first.
Swing trading part time is suitable for those individuals who have a full time job but can devote a few hours a week to analyzing markets and securities or currencies. They have a passion for financial markets and short term trading. They are achieving subpar results in their current investment portfolios from their financial advisors or third party.
Again swing trading is not for fun. Part time swing trading is for you if you are not a gambler. Swing trading is for you if you dont take undue risks like doubling down your positions after a losing trade. You should also have the discipline to consistently place stop loss orders.
By swing trading you are able to commit less capital to the markets to reach extraordinary gains as compared to day trading where your capital requirements may be larger and gains lower. At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that you need to determine your trading style before you become serious in trading. What do you think? Are you a Swing Trader?
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