In finance, a trade strategy is a method of opening and closing trading positions based on a fixed trade plan and a predefined set of rules and setups. A trade strategy aims to achieve high long-term returns by controlling the risk exposure through money management (MM) and my limiting the impact of the emotional human nature (greed and fear).


Day-Trade Strategies

Day trading is the act of buying and selling financial-traded assets on the same day.

The Basics of Day-Trade

These are some key issues you must consider in day-trading:

(a) Trading Cost (such as spreads and commissions)

(b) Depth of the market (sufficient volume activity for easy enter/exit)

(c) Significant volatility (that may create short-term trading-opportunities or increase risk)

Four Common Day-Trade Strategies

(i) Stop-Loss Day-Trade Strategy

(ii) Momentum Day-Trade Strategy

(iii) Scalping Day-Trade Strategy

(iv) Fading Day-Trade Strategy

Introduction to Day-Trading

Arbitrage trading is an automated trading strategy that aims to exploit inefficiencies in the pricing of a financial assetArbitrage trading is an automated trading strategy that aims to exploit inefficiencies in the pricing of a financial asset.

What are Arbitrageurs?

Arbitrageurs trade the same asset on two different markets by opening two opposite positions (one Short and one Long). An effective arbitrage strategy does not include any market risk and offers small risk-free returns.

Arbitrageurs are working in favor of the market and retail traders as they push quotes to be more efficient, and at the same time, they add significant liquidity to the system.


Suppose the share of an airliner called BlueLines trades simultaneously in London and the New York stock exchanges. The spread between bid and ask in both markets is 20 points. When there is a difference in BlueLines pricing between New York and London that exceeds these 20 points, an arbitrage opportunity is emerging.

If you buy and sell the same amount of BlueLines in both markets the trade is risk-free. When both positions are opened you just have to wait until the pricing of BlueLines comes back into sync. When that happens both positions close and a risk-free profit is realized.


Some common day-trade strategies for trading stocks and indices

(1) Momentum Day-Trade Strategy

A momentum day-trade strategy is applicable to markets moving in strong trends. A momentum trader will buy a stock usually on favorable news releases and sell it when he receives a clear sign of trend reversal. A trailing-stop order may be useful for this type of day-trading.

Tip: It is better to buy an expensive stock in a bullish market than a cheap stock in a bearish market

(2) Trend-Exhaustion Day-Trade Strategy

When you implement a Trend-Exhaustion day-trade strategy you search for stocks or indices that make rapid upward or downward movements. When you indicate such moves you place orders against these rapid trends. Although this day-trade strategy is risky, it can prove profitable if your choices are wise.

Technical Analysis Tip: Use the RSI (21) on the M5 timeframe, and:

(i) Sell if RSI(21) is at 70+ and it is falling below, or

(ii) Buy if RSI(21) is at 30- and it is increasing above.

Introduction to Automated Forex Trading Strategy

Automated trading is a branch of systematic trading which combines computer software and hardware in order to generate non-stop trading activity, without human intervention. All automated trading systems are systematic, but not all systematic systems are automated.


The Global Arena

Forex trading is a global arena where different styles of traders compete against each other. Intraday and day-traders, swing-traders, and carry-traders open trading positions for just one reason, to sell higher. But no matter if they sell higher or lower, the demand they create due to their anticipations generates liquidity and trading volumes in the Foreign Exchange market. This retail activity is just a portion of the aggregate Forex Market activity which also includes transactions by central and commercial banks, hedge funds, large corporations, etc. In overall, the Foreign Exchange market volume activity exceeds US$5 trillion, on a daily basis.

Liquidity, extreme volume activity, and very tight spreads create an opportunity for the implementation of automated trading systems. An automated Forex trading system is taking into consideration key market data, such as price and volume, to recognize and trade short-term trends. By using technical analysis, an automated system can analyze the dynamics of demand/supply, and by comparing them to historical price behavior, can decide what and when to trade, without any human intervention.


Basic assumptions of Automated Trading

These are some basic assumptions for all automated-trading systems:

  1. Historic results have at least some predictive ability {Sharpe 1994}
  2. Financial Markets are not perfectly efficient
  3. Financial Markets have a finite depth
  4. Regularities in financial data do exist, but only for short periods of time, a window of opportunity may open, and then at some future time it will close
  5. The financial data are driven by human psychology and societal decisions, and therefore are random and unstable

Define your Strategy Before you Start TradingIntroduction to Day-Trading

Day trading is the act of buying and selling financial-traded assets on the same day.

Crucial Issues When Trading Intraday


Day-trading seems promising, but in reality, day-traders are exposed to a significant number of market risks, and they are forced to pay a high transactional cost. Understanding technical analysis and using efficient money management and trading setups is the first step to successful day-trading. These are some important issues for all day-traders:

(1) Minimization of Trading Cost (Trading spreads and commissions)

(2) Implementation of a Trade Strategy {Compatible with your trading profile and risk appetite}

(3) Use of efficient Money Management {Risk/Reward, Stop-Loss, etc.}

(3) Effective Technical Analysis

(4) Trading Setups {Waiting until the market comes to your setup, and only then trade}

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