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A day trader is a trader who adheres to a trading style called day trading. There are two types of day traders: institutional and retail. Both institutional and retail day traders are described as speculators, as opposed to investors. Institutional day traders work for financial institutions and have certain advantages over retail traders due to their access to more resources, tools, equipment, large amounts of capital and leverage, large availability of fresh fund inflows to trade continuously on the markets, dedicated and direct lines to data centers and exchanges, expensive and high-end trading and analytical software, support teams to help and more. Retail day traders use retail brokerages and generally trade with their own capital. Auto traders use computer programs and other tools to enter trading orders automatically.
Because this all happens with the help of a computer algorithm, it is also called algorithmic trading. Day traders’ objective is to make profits by taking advantage of price movements in highly liquid stocks or indexes. The more volatile the market, the more favorable the conditions for the day trader, regardless of the longer-term direction in the market. Day trading is associated with risk of capital loss. Day trading is stressful because to watch of multiple screens to spot trading opportunities and then react quickly to exploit them. There are many different markets for day trading, including futures, forex, stocks, options and etf’s. Because of the short time horizon, day traders will look at the market with a different perspective than a long term trader but both types of traders can trade in the same markets.