Trading can be a very active lifestyle. Whereas day traders spend hours every day in front of a computer monitor scalping small movements in price, the active trader does have a “rich" lifestyle both in money and time.
Lifestyle Depends Upon Trading Style
Professional traders usually make their income from scalping short tick charts, day trading from open to close, or swing trading over a matter of days or weeks. The trading style differs with the lifestyle. Scalpers can profit heavily in just a few hours to have the rest of the day to relax and read up on the markets. Day traders benefit from taking positions when they want through the course of the week, often taking full days off at a time. A swing trader has the luxury of placing few trades every few weeks, allowing for plenty of down time.
Improving Your Trading Skills During Your Down Time
Many traders use their down time to participate in trading seminars to meet new people in the financial world. Trading for the big firms is all about whom you know, and indeed, getting involved in the trading community is the only way to work your way to the top of the trading world. For the smaller investor, time may be better spent on an online home study course to further their trading potential.
Skill-building activities, such as looking at old charts, reviewing failed trades, or sharpening your trend line drawing skills, are a great way to spend the surplus of time trading provides. Developing a trading plan planner is another good way to spend the extra time, as a complete trading plan will give you the confidence to trade, even when the market goes against you.
Trading isn't just about investing in the markets, but also in your own ability to trade. Locking in consistent profits means more time off and more time to review your trading plan. Bettering yourself at your own job means less time studying and more time off, while bringing in consistent profits.
Earning a Relaxed Lifestyle
To the person on the outside, the financial district appears to be “stressed out" people huddled around computer monitors for the bulk of the day. For many people on the inside, trading provides a profitable career and a relaxed atmosphere. For the home trader, a job as a day trader provides a luxurious income and the chance to be your own boss. The ability to take off work whenever you want easily trumps the consistency of a 9-5.
About the Author:
Leroy Rushing is an active, professional day trader trading coach and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Trading EveryDay, a distinguished provider of educational trading products and services that are available worldwide. Trading EveryDay also has many articles with unique perspectives on day trading.