Have you ever considered quitting your 9-5 for a career in day trading? Well consider this: – Day trading has a steep learning curve – Day trading is very competitive Only 16 percent of day traders are profitable after their first six months – Day trading is a profession and not a strategy to get rich quick But! … and this is a big BUT: – Day trading can be executed from anywhere in the world where there’s a proper internet connection, including the beaches in Bahamas. – Day trading is flexible. You can be finished by 10:00 a.m. and then do whatever you want doing the rest of the day! – Day trading is a license to print money, if you succeed, and it’s probably the only one that the government won’t put you in jail for … And you’re in the right place because this is … a video summarizing the most important takeaways from How to Day Trade for a Living a book written by Andrew Aziz. Let’s get to it! Takeaway number 1:Stocks in play Day traders always step out of their positions before the end of the day. That’s what separates them from other traders. It’s said that the day trader is only as good as the stocks he’s trading, and the best stocks to day trade are called “stocks in play”. Stocks in play fulfill three essential criteria: 1. They are trading at a high relative volume. Meaning that, they are being bought and sold more than what’s typical for the stock. High volume is positive for a day trader because it’s easier to get in and out of trades. 2. They have a fundamental catalyst, such as an earnings report, a merger, a major product release, a major contract, etc, etc 3. They are trading independently of the market, and independently of the market sector that they belong to. Andrew Aziz uses scanners to find these stocks. He uses two different types: a pre-market scanner and a real-time intraday scanner. Once he has established which stocks that are in play, he will open up their stock charts and set up a plan. He will monitor these stocks on three separate computer screens, and usually there are only two to three great stocks per day anyway, so one chart per screen. From here, it’s all guerrilla warfare. The day trader wants to wait for the right opportunity, then get in quick and get out even faster. Takeaway number 2: The 2% rule A traders primary objective should be to: “Live to trade another day”. As mentioned before – only 16% of day traders are profitable after the first six months. In other words – the learning curve is ruthless! But if you can survive it, great rewards will come. As your primary objective is surviving, the importance of risk management can’t be overstated. You must learn to limit your losses. If you want to reap the long-term profits of a great trading system, well … you must be able to survive for the long term first! Therefore, never risk more than 2% of your total capital in any given trade. Risking 2% only will allow for you to be wrong a lot, and still survive. Because there will be times when you are wrong. Times when you need to accept defeat, and get out of the trade. And you might think: “but I don’t want to make a thousand dollar loss”! Well, you definitely don’t want to make a five thousand dollar loss! Get out of the trade! Look for opportunities where you are risking cents to earn dollars. You want asymmetry in this – a large potential reward but a small downside. For example, risking a hundred bucks, but having the potential of gaining a thousand bucks. Your trade is then said to have a favorable R-multiple, but that’s beyond the scope of this book. If you want to learn more about it, head over to my summary of Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom. Takeaway number 3: Understanding the candlesticks A day traders job is to analyze the balance of the power between buyers and sellers, and bet on the winning team. Day trading is the study of mass psychology. Price fluctuations in the market are a result of the actions of three categories of people – the buyers, the sellers, and the undecisive. The best way to illustrate the price fluctuations and the underlying psychology of the market is with candlestick charts. The candlesticks are a fight between buyers and sellers. It’s an excellent indicator that tells you which group that is currently winning – the buying bulls or the selling bears, during that specific time frame. It can be hourly charts, 5-minute charts or one-minute charts. For instance – if the bulls are currently winning, it can look like this. The height of the candle expresses how much the buyers are currently winning by. So, in the following candle here, we see that they win by a smaller margin than before, and the price increases by a smaller amount as a result. Positive price action is represented by a hollow candlestick. On the other hand, if the bears are currently winning the battle, it will be represented by a filled, often red candlestick. If the sellers panic, it might look like this. Sometimes, the battle is indecisive. This is then represented by an indecision candlestick, a very thin one, meaning that the price fluctuation during that time was minor. For a chart to be complete, it should also be accompanied by the trading volume for each time frame. The trading volume acts as a great complement to the price movements. A high trading volume accompanied by either a sharp movement in the stock price or an indecisive one is an interesting situation, which the day trader can profit from as we shall see in the following two takeaways. Takeaway number 4: The support and resistance strategy Many traders love to identify complicated chart patterns. If they are accompanied by ridiculous names – all the better apparently. Try Google search “the abandoned baby”, “the dark cloud cover” or “the three black crows”. Andrew Aziz don’t believe in these. If you make it too complicated, your risk curve-fitting and if the patterns are too arbitrary, they become subjective and suddenly you can see them everywhere. Instead, Andrew Aziz prefers to use primarily two very simple trading strategies: Support or resistance trading, and VWAP-trading Support is trading terminology and means that a stock is showing respect for a certain price point. If the stock has bounced back up from such a point before, you can expect it to do so in the future as well. Resistance is the opposite – it acts as a ceiling from which the stocks uptrend is reversed. Here’s how you trade using the support strategy. 1. Each morning before the stock exchange opens, find areas of support and resistance for your stocks in play. 2. Look for indecision candles around the support area accompanied by high trading volume. Buy. Set up your stop-loss slightly below the support area, on a five minute chart. 3. Keep the trade until the next support or assistance area. 4. If there’s an obvious second support or resistance area, you may sell half your position at the first level, move your stop-loss up to break-even, and save the other half for that second level. Mirror this and you get how to short using the resistance strategy. Takeaway number 5: The VWAP strategy VWAP means volume weighted average price, and this is the most important technical indicator in learning how to day trade for a living, according to Andrew Aziz. For now, it will be sufficient to say that it’s a moving average, and that it takes into account the volume of shares that have been traded. If The stock price currently is above the VWAP, it’s a bullish indication. And if the situation is reversed, it’s a bearish indication. VWAP should be included in your trading platform, otherwise you should switch platform … So, how do you set up a trade with it? 1. See if the stock in play shows respect for VWAP as a support. 2. Buy slightly above the VWAP and set up a trailing stop, slightly below. A break on a five-minute chart should get you out of the trade. 3. Keep your position until the next level of resistance. In this case, the next resistance level was expected to be the “whole-dollar” level of $22. 4. You may sell half the position close to the resistance level, and move up your stop-loss to your buying point. If you mirror everything I just said, you can use the VWAP short selling too. The key for now should be to master just one strategy. So pick either VWAP or support and resistance, and start trading it in a trading simulator. Not over-complicating your strategies will allow for you to focus on what’s really important – the psychological aspects of the game. If you want to hear more about this, please head over to my summary of Trading in the Zone, by Mark Douglas. But now, here’s the fastest recap in the history of this channel! Day trade only stocks in play. Never risk more than 2% in any given trade. Candlestick charts! The support and resistance strategy is simple and efficient. The VWAP strategy is simple and efficient too. Trading is much like learning to ride a bicycle – once you’ve mastered this skill, no one can take it away from you. If you wish to speed up the learning process, head over to my trading books playlist. Good luck, and good day.