Trading strategies can be categorized in terms of the time frame they are used. There are many different trading types or strategies. The pros and cons of each are different.
Scalping – Scalping is a very short-term trading strategy for traders who hold positions for only a few seconds or minutes. Scalping is popular in forex, futures, and stock markets. It is one of the most used strategies by day traders. The main goal of scalping is to make a profit through purchasing or selling currencies by holding a position for a short time period and closing it for a small profit.
The biggest advantage of scalping is that it’s fast and doesn’t require much capital to get started. Also, you don’t need to wait for big moves, as it’s enough to catch even a tiny movement in price to yield a profit when scalping.
Day Trading – This type of trading involves placing a trade and closing it on the same day. This is typically done through a broker that offers low commissions and fees. Day trading is a term that refers to buying and selling securities within the same day. Day traders hold their positions for a very short period of time and close them before the market closes for the trading day to limit unmanageable risks. They seek to profit from short-term price fluctuations but do not attempt to profit from the underlying directional trend of the security.
Day traders seek to capture profits by getting in and out of positions quickly. They use technical analysis tools, and real-time data feeds to find good trades. These trades usually last less than one day, sometimes only a few minutes or seconds, and are therefore considered very risky investments. Day traders often use margin accounts and usually have strict rules because they have less time to react to unexpected price movements than longer-term traders do.
Swing Trading – Most swing traders are focused on fundamental analysis. They analyze reports, company outlooks, interest rate changes, and other business news to determine whether to make a trade or not.
Position Trading – Position traders hold trades for weeks, months, and even years at a time. These types of traders are interested in long-term trends and patterns in the market.
Forex Trading – Forex trading is often called “currency trading.” Forex traders focus on currency pairs such as USD/EUR or JPY/USD rather than stocks or commodities.