How big is too big?

drtro

Active member
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I've always wondered what the standard trading size is. I know people who trade 100 shares and I know people who trade 1,000 shares. Are there people who trade say 10,000 shares or even 100,000 shares? How would one execute such large sizes without giving it away? For example, I want to buy 10,000 shares in AAPL. Is there an order type that executes 10 1,000 or 100 100 size market orders automatically? Or would I have to set my tier size to 1,000 and manually buy 10 times?

What is the average trading size for you? I've traded as high as 1,000 in and out on 1 and 5 minute charts with small risk. I've never traded more than 100 in longer term, larger risk positions. I took a break and I'm back in trading, only trading 5-10 shares while I build a consistent strategy. My goal overall is to build enough capital to trade 10,000 shares in multiple positions intraday.
 

highbury fx

Well-known member
338 114
I've always wondered what the standard trading size is. I know people who trade 100 shares and I know people who trade 1,000 shares. Are there people who trade say 10,000 shares or even 100,000 shares? How would one execute such large sizes without giving it away? For example, I want to buy 10,000 shares in AAPL. Is there an order type that executes 10 1,000 or 100 100 size market orders automatically? Or would I have to set my tier size to 1,000 and manually buy 10 times?

What is the average trading size for you? I've traded as high as 1,000 in and out on 1 and 5 minute charts with small risk. I've never traded more than 100 in longer term, larger risk positions. I took a break and I'm back in trading, only trading 5-10 shares while I build a consistent strategy. My goal overall is to build enough capital to trade 10,000 shares in multiple positions intraday.

in terms of spreadbetting the 'average' client will trade 6-7 times per day in the G10 pairs or Major Indices in £5-£6 per point. They will run their profit 6 points and their losses 16 points.

that info is gold.. cant believe I've said it so publically but there you go.
 

NVP

Legendary member
37,758 2,100
in terms of spreadbetting the 'average' client will trade 6-7 times per day in the G10 pairs or Major Indices in £5-£6 per point. They will run their profit 6 points and their losses 16 points.

that info is gold.. cant believe I've said it so publically but there you go.

please share the source of the gold ...........thanks

N
 

highbury fx

Well-known member
338 114
please share the source of the gold ...........thanks

N

afraid I cant do that. the profile of a retail trader is similar enough across all of the spreadbet firms that to name one of them would not add anything to my post.
 

Hate2Lose

Active member
155 3
I've always wondered what the standard trading size is. I know people who trade 100 shares and I know people who trade 1,000 shares. Are there people who trade say 10,000 shares or even 100,000 shares? How would one execute such large sizes without giving it away? For example, I want to buy 10,000 shares in AAPL. Is there an order type that executes 10 1,000 or 100 100 size market orders automatically? Or would I have to set my tier size to 1,000 and manually buy 10 times?

What is the average trading size for you? I've traded as high as 1,000 in and out on 1 and 5 minute charts with small risk. I've never traded more than 100 in longer term, larger risk positions. I took a break and I'm back in trading, only trading 5-10 shares while I build a consistent strategy. My goal overall is to build enough capital to trade 10,000 shares in multiple positions intraday.

How long is a piece of string?

I doubt billionaires bother with 100, or even 100,000 shares in anything.

All depends on your risk appetite and finances.
 

CostaKapo

Active member
164 12
Anywhere from 1-20 contracts for equity options. 20 is on the high side for me. I know people that trade 100 contracts - there is a user in the options subforum who trades 200+ contracts.
 

Sigma-D

Established member
648 62
Oh I can't believe I said that.......that's terrible......I'm embarrassed :sick:
When sanity and sense retire, it is a time for levity. I'm with you on this one. Far too many nonces knowing nothing pretending to be gurus.
 
 
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