Lots of people want to make money; most do so by working for someone else. The real money to be made in the world is from people who work for themselves; one of the better ways to work for yourself is through the use of trading software and getting into day trading.
Day trading success comes from educating yourself about the financial market,s and learning how to read the triggers and other indicators for when to buy, when to sell, and what to do when the market is unreadable.
While day trading has a conventional image of a day trader shouting into the phones as they try to get their trades in before the market changes in the next five minutes, the development of both the internet and high powered computers has changed day trading success considerably.
Now, a large part of the actual process of trading itself has been automated, lowering the barrier to entry for a lot of people, and moving the ‘broker choke point’ out from a day to day occurrence to one that only happens when the market shoots out of automatable parameters.
While trading software is fundamental to day trading success, remember that automation is no substitute for judgment. Anyone who trusts an automated software package to do their research for them, or believes that the market itself won’t go outside the programmed ranges of trades they’ve made (or that a bunch of traders making the same bet in the same direction can’t overwhelm all of the automated tools in existence) is a fool. Use trading software to buy yourself the time to make reasoned, well researched trades.
What this means is that no matter how much automation you have, day trading success depends on how well you use your brains to gather information. Most of that skill comes from practice; good day trading software should also come with an educational set of information, ones that give you a practice account that lets you follow programmed trades, with justifications and explanations for why certain signals (especially signals that contradict each other) are followed under what circumstances. It is human judgment that makes trades, and it’s human judgment that benefits the most from automated trading tools.
Even with stock trading programs, day trading is still work. It’s still a job, although it’s a high paying one. It’s a job that requires you to make decisions on a regular basis, based on information that’s always changing and updating. You can automate many of the more routine decisions with trading software, but day trading success comes from going beyond the routine, to looking for cues about a market shift that will happen sooner or later than anyone else expects it to.
You can make substantial money with day trading software; you can also lose it, particularly if you use techniques like leveraging without knowing what you’re doing. You will also lose money on some trades – it’s just part of the job. Sometimes you guess wrong, and you’ll find that it’s better to get out early rather than ride it out to the bottom.
Old school investing was only the beginning; with stock picking software available, investors are dominating the market without an ounce of sweat.