Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top 4 Day Trading Secrets

by Chart Shark

There are so many secrets to day trading online, it’s hard to keep track of them all.  Lucky for you, I’ve honed these down into the top 4 day trading secrets.

Secret #4 – What You Do When the Market is Closed Matters Most

Sure, it’s great to be able to interpret data at lightning speeds, spot valid trades within seconds, and execute them flawlessly, but without proper preparation, you will never find those opportunities.  Proper preparation includes spending up to an hour before the market opens sifting through market scanners, reading news feeds, and watching pre-market trading.  It also includes some time after the market closes evaluating your trading for the day and keeping an eye on the after-market action.  Without this you will fail.

Secret #3 – Less is More

You’re not going to believe me on this one until you try it all for yourself, but the less help you use, the more money you will make.  I’m talking about the monitors, and the indicators, and the distractions like chat rooms where you think you’re getting some super trading tips.  You will eventually find that you can trade using just one monitor, maybe even a laptop… from the patio.  You will eventually realize that all indicators are just interpreting the same basic information and you’ll find the ones that work best for your trading style.  And you will eventually realize that your trading style is unlike anyone else’s and trying to follow chat room traders is a futile effort.

Secret #2 – The Tape is Your Best Friend

Some people are good enough that they can trade using the tape (or time/sales) window alone.  I am not that good, however, it is my go-to source of information about a stock.  It gives you every trade in real time, and every indicator is merely a step or two away from this direct line of information.  Even my trusty charts aren’t so clear as the picture painted by the tape.  I’m not great at reading the tape, but give me a stock chart and its time/sales and I am a happy trader.

And now for the…

#1 Day Trading Secret – There are no Day Trading Secrets

It’s not like day traders sit around and come up with the secrets of day trading that will make them millions of dollars.  All the information to become a successful day trader is readily available.  The problem is that most people simply want some easy system to make a lot of money, so I guess the big secret of day trading online is that this actually takes a lot of work.  That is why more people fail; because most people are lazy.  The only people who try to persuade you that day trading online is easy are marketers trying to sell you some new propriatary trading system, indicator,  trading robot, or $197 eBook full of drivel.  These are also the same people who want you to believe that they can sell you the biggest secret of day trading.  They are preying on the typical lazy humans who simply want to make a quick buck.  The ironic thing, though, is that the only people making a buck are the people selling day trading secrets while those who are searching for them are simply wasting money.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Daddy Paul March 23, 2010 at 22:35

I found when I day traded that i would spend 3 hours every night looking for setups. I would choose a stock like AAPL and watch the charts. I did very well as long as I had no distractions.
.-= Daddy Paul´s last blog ..Market timing signal =-.


Chart Shark March 23, 2010 at 23:08

Preparation is a big part of day trading, Daddy Paul. Some people think that just because the stock market is closed, there is no work to do. You know this isn’t true because you spent that extra time, and did well as a result. Well done.


Jim August 10, 2010 at 09:18

You are wrong. There IS one secret that will give you a fantastic edge, but I’m not going to tell you what it is 🙂


Chart Shark August 16, 2010 at 14:29

Aw, c’mon! Don’t hold out on us!


SOpan November 7, 2011 at 03:13

its absolutely true that there are no trading secrets.
everyone has his/her unique strategy that works for him/her only.
Thanx chartshark…..


Chart Shark November 10, 2011 at 15:22

True story.


dash MAdrigal November 27, 2011 at 12:18

Keep on reading books about day trading, there’s one book out there that will help you solve you misery about day trading, i read perhaps 35 books about trading and only that book is a real jem, but i wont tell you that easy.. so keep on reading and get minimum return of 50% a year.. goodluck guys


Chart Shark December 1, 2011 at 18:28

I wouldn’t bother reading 35 books on day trading. They all pretty much say the same things.


jiimms January 3, 2012 at 14:09


First, thanks for your wonderful posts!

Secondly, just want to know if you are not writing anymore as i have not seen any post after JDSU, i have been checking almost every other day……



Chart Shark January 5, 2012 at 13:32

Hi Jiimms,

I’m glad you enjoy the blog. As you’ve noticed I don’t really write much anymore. I might come back to it at some point, but I don’t have the time for it at the moment.


Yusuf December 31, 2014 at 17:29

I would rather suggest that one should give careful attention on losses and try to minimize them.


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