swing + position trading easier than scalping?

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Old Oct 3, 2009, 4:59pm   #1
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swing + position trading easier than scalping?

Ive often read that trading on longer time frames (ie days, weeks) instead of intraday is usually easier and a good place to start for beginners.

can anyone explain why this might be?
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Old Oct 3, 2009, 5:29pm   #2
 
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1) You don't have to pay attention the whole time
2) Less pressure to make split second decisions
3) Room for error; entries don't have to be pin point accurate; swinging uses bigger stops
4) Things move slower when you zoom out to higher time frames so more time to plan your move
5) Emotions are less likely to make you take rash decisions
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if days & weeks are "easier" than scalping, maybe months or years are even better ?
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Old Oct 3, 2009, 7:40pm   #4
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Ive often read that trading on longer time frames (ie days, weeks) instead of intraday is usually easier and a good place to start for beginners.

can anyone explain why this might be?

The good thing about trading higher time frames is that it is less likely that you will overtrade your account.
Over trading is a way to ruin for many and by staying disciplined on a longer time frame you are less apt to overtrade your way to ruin.
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if days & weeks are "easier" than scalping, maybe months or years are even better ?
Indeed... just buy and hold shares for years. Providing they don't go bankrupt, you're bound to make money just like many already have been.
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Indeed... just buy and hold shares for years.
sounds like a plan !

i mean, what could possibly go wrong ???




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Old Oct 4, 2009, 6:36pm   #7
 
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You buy it as an investment. If you're sitting on a loss for years, it's an investment, innit.
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aye, investment Spanish-style
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swing trading is hard as you normally have to have a fundamental opinion on the markets direction as apposed to JUST following price action
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aye, investment Spanish-style
I wouldn't attribute it to him. It's a common problem trading stocks... turning a trade into an investment.
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