What is intraday trading: all you need to know

Amol Birajdar
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It is possible to start intraday trading or day trading with a minimal amount and create a sustainable income. If you are attracted by this aspect of day trading and wish to start doing it yourself, you should understand some things before taking the first trade.

Here is everything you need to know about intraday trading.

What is intraday trading?

Intraday trading is similar to buying and selling the stocks and other financial instruments with just one compulsion to square off the position on the same day. If you purchase a stock and sell it off before the market closes on the same day, it is termed as an intraday trade.

Why to consider intraday trading?

  • You can get leverage as high as twenty times the cash you have in your trading account for intraday trading.

  • The brokerage rates are minimal compared to delivery.

  • You don't have to wait for the long term to realise the profits.

Who should do it?

Only those who have a higher risk appetite, who can spend the time to follow the market closely and can comprehend the complexities of technical analysis should indulge in intraday trading.

Getting started

You need to open a Demat and trading account to get started, preferably with a discount broker who provides an easy to operate online trading platform.

Learning the tools

Before taking a risk with your hard-earned money, one should spend some time understanding the trade tools. You should at least be able to read the basic candlestick charts and understand the trading platform's operation.

Choosing the stocks to trade

As you need to square-off the position before the market closes, you need to choose the stock with enough liquidity. To make a profitable trade, you need to pick the stocks that have enough volatility.

Identifying profitable trades

Some of the indicators that you should study closely to understand the stock price's direction are; current market price, chart pattern, volatility, traded volume and moving average.

Limiting the losses

Being able to limit the losses is an essential skill to have for an intraday trader. Your every trade should have a fixed stop loss trigger to limit the loss of a prediction gone wrong.

With this, you can start intraday trading. To improve your profits, keep learning about the tools and tricks of price action and fundamental analysis of the stocks.

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