What is a Day Trader?

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Day trading is speculation in securities, specifically buying and selling financial instruments within the same trading day. Strictly, day trading is trading only within a day, such that all positions are closed before the market close for the trading day. Many traders may not be so strict or may have day trading as one component of an overall strategy. Traders who participate in day trading are called active traders or day traders. Traders who trade in this capacity with the motive of profit are therefore speculators.

By Barry Norman, Investors Trading Academy.

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