Traders use a wide array of styles in the effort to secure profits. They tend to be a mixing and matching of examples from the categories below.
 Timeframe Styles
Traders often indentify themselves by the time frame in which they operate.
- Scalping - Very short-term trading with holding periods often measured in minutes.
- Day Trading - Entering and exiting positions during the course of a single trading session.
- Swing Trading - Taking positions with intended holding periods of 1-3 days.
- Position Trading - Intermediate to longer-term trading with holding periods which tend to be days to weeks or weeks to months in length.
- Arbitrage - Exploiting price inefficiencies between similar markets or instruments.
 Analytic Methodology Styles
Trader styles incorporate the methods they use to analyze the markets can come up with trading decisions.
- Technical Trading - Using Technical Analysis for entry/exit signals.
- Fundamental Trading - Applying Fundamental Analysis in making trading decisions
- Quantitative Trading - Using mathematical and/or statistical methods to trade.
- Hybrids - Combining two or more of the above.
 Application Styles
There are two primary directions traders go in terms of how they sent about the actual trade decision-making process:
One could also think in terms of either a Trend Trading or Range Trading strategy.
 Markets & Platforms
Traders sometimes declare their style in terms of what they trade, or in what manner. Examples include:
 See also
Trading system terms
 T2W links