It is advisable if you are going to trade from home as an
active trader that you have a two monitor systems set up and make sure
your computer has plenty of ram to run the charts. I would suggest at
least six gigs of ram because many trading platforms require a couple
gigs to run the trading system.
Systems like Think or Swim are very complicated and take some time to use
them properly but they contain a wealth of trading information. Many
brokers offer lower commissions for online trading but charge more if
you call in a trade. If you are making several trades a day or week
make sure to keep track of your expenses.
When you trade online you must have a trading plan. It should
include profit and loss targets. Losing trades are normal but trying
to make up the money by placing more trades after you have hit you
loss target is a huge mistake. This will keep traders from revenge
trading and running their accounts into the ground on any losing day.
The same is true when you have a winning day and have reached your
profit target for the day you stop trading. Pigs get slaughtered.
Making this crossover is about acceptance and realizing that trading of
any kind will never be a process of absolutes. Traders will have
winners and losers. jumping into a stock trade and changing the
parameters of the trading field midway through, all in the quest to
make back money from a loss is a mistake.
Now that you have trading information you can begin to use your
charting tools to screen for stocks that are moving in the same trend
as the market. You will find that you can find stocks that will
typically offer more opportunity with lower risk. If you are unsure on
how to do the screening, then talk to your broker they will help you
and many time will have free online classes on screening stocks.
Trade with the market trend and you will find that the trend is truly your
friend. Many stocks will move up and down with the markets. Successful
online stock trading requires you to be prepared to trade, fully aware
of news fully present and in the now and have a understanding on how
to place trades online.
Online traders should start by knowing the market trend or trend
the stock is taking. Know the strength of the trend and the support
and resistance levels where that trend may reverse. This is how
traders make money trading online not just guessing when to place a
trade. If you cannot be fully present and prepared, and not have all
of your resources at your disposal you cannot expect to make a profit.