The word scalping immediately brings us images of that ancient indian tradition of removing the scalp of their enemies as a trophy of their victory. It may not be the nicest of the images coming to our minds, but Forex scalping or scalping the markets has nothing to do with the bloody scalp of any defeated enemy. Instead they are one of the most used approaches to trading the markets.
In a few words; traders who use scalping have as their main trading method the art of looking for any advantage given by very short term trading opportunities. By short term I mean entering and exiting a trade within a minute or two. This is, by using the “scalps" of the natural oscillations occurring in the markets.
When you are “scalping the markets" you are not looking for the big move of the markets that will result you in a big gain, instead you are looking for tiny moves in your favor that through all your trading session will result in a significant gain without the risks and insecurity involved in waiting for the big move in your favor.
In short; scalpers aim to have several trades a day with the objective of accruing a number of small profits each time that will grow into a respectable daily total. By using this approach to trading the markets losses per trade will be minimal. Every experienced trader knows that a small but profitable scalp is the easiest trade to make. The whole secret is to get in and get out of the market as quickly as possible. Short and small accumulated can make you real money in the markets.