Stock Trading Quick Tip: The Pattern Day Trader (PDT) Rule

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The Pattern Day Trader (PDT) rule is one that is enforced by the government. What are my thoughts on it? How should you trade if this affects you? All that and more in this stock trading quick tip video. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guidance Marketing, LLC. Guidance Marketing, LLC and its employees are not a Registered Investment Advisor, Broker Dealer or a member of any association for other research providers in any jurisdiction whatsoever and we are not qualified to give financial advice. Investing/trading in securities is highly speculative and carries an extremely high degree of risk.


Mega Thingz says:

So if you get stuck in a trade, can you get out after the 5 day period?
Also, options don’t have that rule, do they?

Joe Foley says:

Hey Clay.. I checked this yesterday with TDA and they told me that a Day
Trade includes Pre Market and After Market. So the 4pm market close is
actually the After market close of 8pm EST.

Thomas Quinn says:

So what do you recommend for traders with less than 25k, wanting to day
trade? Sure Trader? Any other options?

Mang Shawn says:

Clay thanks for all of your infromative videos. Just wanted to comment on
the pattern day trading rule and also trying to just go long term once you
use all of your trades up before being labeled a pattern day trader. No
matter how good you are and how much you study and plan for a long trade
this pdt rule just limits you to making mistakes and thats why i finally
just said screw it and now I do day trading and what a load off of my back.
I tried to be patient and no matter what i did i always seemed to need to
finish my trade before i wanted to and when i didnt it cost me so much
money. I think our government uses the ptd ruling to keep the smaller
traders at a huge disadvantage and it is just like everything else that is
not fair in the financial world here in the u.s.
Keep up the good work and good luck on all of your future trades. 

RCWilliam123 says:

Is the 3 trades in 5 days rule only for US brokers, or also for EU brokers
trading US stocks? Never heard of it before.

Steven Stamatis says:

Wouldn’t it have been more common sense for the stupid government to not
make the PDT rule? So stupid


Does anyone know of any foreign or overseas brokers that permit users to
trade without the PDT in the way? I know of SureTrader and Alliance but
they seem sketchy. Questrade is out of Canada but seem strict.

Are UK brokerages subject to the PDT rule as well?

RCWilliam123 says:

Btw, thanks for all your work.

Dietrich Tiessen says:

Check out this video on YouTube:

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