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Day Trading vs. Investing – What is the difference?

When people typically discuss the stock market both trading and investing are terms that tend come up. While they are similar in the sense that they both involve the movement of money in and out of the financial markets, there are also some key differences that are crucial to understand.

What is Day Trading?

Day trading is much more active than investing and involves buying and selling an asset, or placing a trade, multiple times per day. The short-term nature of this makes day traders rely heavily on market volatility (lots of price movement, both up or down) to make a profit and an appropriate trading strategy that outlines when they will enter and exit the markets. Technical analysts use tools such as indicators to forecast trends in the markets and are reliant on these to actively make decisions on their upcoming trades.

What is Investing?

Investing on the other hand is a much more long-term approach to seeking profits and passive investors will buy and hold stocks for months or often years, riding out market fluctuations and holding as the asset (hopefully) increases in value over time. I

Investing is often viewed as a smarter option to a regular savings account as a way of avoiding rising inflation rates. Whilst investing can be more convenient for those looking to build their savings in a way that requires less work, it tends to be at a much slower rate of growth than day or swing trading. Moreover, investors are reliant on the asset that they have bought rising in value whereas day trades and swing trades are capable of making money (shorting) a market even when it is in decline.

The Importance Of A Trading Education

Money management, identifying risk, chart patterns, psychology, routine, personality, strategies, software and training are incredibly important for being able to reliably make money from trading. Whether this is your first time taking on the forces of the market or you’ve had limited success and want to improve that potential, we have a course that’s right for you. If trading sounds interesting to you, then please remember to check out Learn To Trade Online; it’s a FREE on-demand training course that we offer and covers day trading, swing trading and many of the basic concepts. In the mood for something a bit niche? Sign up to our next live and interactive topical webinar – an introduction to day trading and swing trading taking place on 14th April 2022. Book your FREE spot now!

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Should I Day Trade or Swing Trade Gold?

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When Should You Trade A Stock?

When Should You Trade A Stock?

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