Are you Realistic About Your Trading Profit Expectations?

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Money is usually the first thing that drives regular working folk into thinking about trading, which is fine. Then it turns to the freedom trading can bring.

Imagine waking up on your own time, working from literally where ever you want, deciding your own salary etc.

Obviously its enticing, but the out of all those reasons, i truly feel one of the most dangerous beliefs in trading is the belief that everyday will be a 75% gainer, or 100% gainer.

This belief usually stems from 2 major issues.

1.) Watching “Professional Traders” rave about there huge percentage winner.

This can be misleading because what people often do on social media is only post the good times, such as good winning trades. We rarely ever post the bad things, like a huge trading loss.

What this does to a beginner trader is it gives the illusion that you can only make money from trading and take no losses. It also gives the illusion that you can trade and only be making huge percentage gainers.

This is a very dangerous belief because it gives the trader unrealistic expectations when they hit the market. Its one thing to expect huge returns and only make “regular” returns. Its another problem when you expect to make huge returns and not lose, and then lose.

2.) Trading In Hindsight

I’m still guilty of doing this, but I have it more under control now. Lol.

This is where you look at a huge percent gainer from the past, and say “OMG, If I just bought 10,000 shares at $1.50 and sold right at the top…download

I WOULD MAKE OVER $100,000…

Ya, well your math would be correct, but the chances of you being able to hold 10,000 shares from bottom to top is not realistic. I’m not saying its impossible, but I have yet to see someone play a move like this perfectly WITH big size.

Most people wouldn’t even be able to hold through all those gains with 500 shares.

Its important to avoid thinking about hitting stock scenarios perfectly because these types of trades don’t happen that often. The trades that will take you to the next level will always be the most consistent trades you make.

They are the foundation of your trading profits, while huge percetage gainers are nice, they usually won’t turn you account from $10,000 to $250,000.

It will usually be the smaller gains that you rack up day in and day out that will reach you to your account profit target.

 

 

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Why You Are Not Consistent With Stock Trading, And How We Can Fix It

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One the benefits of trading is that we can work from the comfort of our own home on our own time. We can wake up in our underwear,get a cup of coffee, and not stress about an hour commute in traffic on the way to a 9 to 5 job.

But having this much comfort and accessibility can also be a detriment to our trading career in the long term.

I have personally done this myself, and can attest to how poorly it cam affect your trading if your “freedom” is not tamed.

For example, when I got too comfortable with trading I would roll out of bed at 9:00 Am, rush to get everything set up, such as my broker and scanner platform.

At first I thought I could pull this off, but I quickly humbled with loss after loss. It was self evident that it was a direct correlation with me not having a plan prior to trading.

It was also do to me not having the same routine everyday that ensured consistency overall.

You can’t expect to live an inconsistent , out of order life but trade consistently and execute plans to perfection.

So in this post I am going to go over some questions that each trader should be asking of themselves to help ensure consistency and hopefully make you a better trader because of it.

What Time Do You Wake Up Each Morning?

If you cant answer this, it is a major problem, since the time you wake up is your first trial of consistency.

The time you wake up should somewhat reflect what type  of trader you are. For example, a lot of scalp traders can get away with waking up at a later time because they are less worried about pre-market and market sentiment. (I still recommend every type of trader know is familiar with both.

What Do You Eat For Breakfast In The Morning?

Diet will become a key role in how you trade because it can effect your mood.

Do you wake up and eat unhealthy foods riddled with grease, unhealthy fats and low nutritional benefits??

Foods like this will often leaving you feeling sluggish and fatigued (which has personally happened to me on many occasions.)

I would wake up and the first thing that would enter my stomach was left over pizza and a sugary soda. This automatically gave my body an insulin spike, and then when 9:30 EST time came (Market Open) I was crashed on the couch dead asleep.

In my opinion the food you eat in the morning should be on the lighter side, so that it doesn’t send your insulin out the roof and come crashing down later.

I usually start off with water and a smoothie made with bananas, different berries, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, low sugar vanilla yogurt, almond milf and spinach.

When I drink it I feel full, but it doesn’t leave me feeling tired because it doesn’t have as much sugar as other fast food “smoothies”.

I also gain confidence knowing that I am continuously fueling my body with good healthy foods , and in return I know my body will pay me back for it.

Just the same as when you give your sports car the best fuel and tires available, the car will most likely give you optimal performance. Now you have more confidence because you know you get out what you put in.

Do You Exercise Before You Trade?

I love getting in a good workout before a trading session. Not something that is too taxing on the body that will make me tired throughout the day.

Enough exercise to get my body loose and gets the blood flowing.

For me personally it is a away for me to release any tension I may be carrying, as well as a release for emotional stress.

By the time I get home I definitely feel more calmed and focused on the next task.

Are You Taking The Time To Meditate/Pray etc??

Whatever your “thing” is, I firmly believe in mental exercise. This usually helps me with better decision making as well as sticking to my game plan, especially in high times of stress.

Do You Have A Consistent Gameplay Session? (Trading Plan)

By this I mean when its time to do your scans are you just picking high of day plays and that’s it?

This will usually cause inconsistency because there really is no in depth plan there.

A better plan would be to have a handful of stocks you selected either last night or pre-market, and decide first why these stocks are on your watchlist.

After you, you draw your trendlines. This makes it easier during the trade to see Support and Resistance instead of entering the trade and then trying to find support and resistance.

Then select which stocks have the best opportunity.

Now check if there is any news that will influencing the stock or will influence it later.

Set your profit target,entry point,and stop loss. Doing all of this will take tremendous stress off trading because you are almost making each decision mechanically.

Imagine trying to make trades on a whim, with barely any plan. You would basically be trading off of pure emotion which is the last thing you want to do.

When you ask yourself the 5 W’S (Who, What, When,Where, and Why), I want you to be able to answer each one of them with a distinctive answer for each W.

For example…

Who is trading them (think of volume, relative volume, float and short interest)

What stocks do you plan to trade? (Off of your watchlist or scans)

When do you plan to trade them (What time frame do you want to take action/entry price/exit price)

Where (At what price levels/where is support and resistance)

Why do you want to trade this stock (Why are you entering? Gap fill? Support and resistance play? Break out? News? )

The more you can answer these questions when asked of you as well as making your daily habits more consistent, the more you consistency trading wise should increase.

Have a wonderful day traders!

 

The Best Technique Professional Traders Use To Enter Orders

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I have no intentions of click baiting any body ever, so believe me when I tell you, this tip literally changed the way I traded for the better.

Most of the experienced traders use this tactic but as beginners its never brought up for some reason.

As a beginner trader or even intermediate trader we often get caught up with what broker to use, how much commissions are going to cost, which setups will be the best etc.

And those are all important factors to go over. But the step I’m going to talk about shocked me because it made so much sense but no a lot of people i followed would really use it.

To cut to the chase….Its Scaling In To Your Position.

Now some will say “OK, I’ve heard of that before, this isn’t new”. I am not here to claim that its new, only that its unspoken about.

Lets talk about why scaling in to your position is so important.

When we are ready to take a position we often think of entering how whole position at the exact price that we want. For example…

“I want to buy 2,000 Shares at $5.00 dollars  for a whole dollar break.” That’s all good and dandy, but the problem with this approach is that the setups that we are use to are not always exact.

So that price could actually go to $5.25 and then go back in your favor. However, most people would usually get shaken out well before it gets to $5.25, since there all in with there size.

I am going to give an example of a trade I did this week where I got stopped out because I couldn’t tolerate the draw down.

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As you can see above, I entered at $13.68 with half of my size because I got F.O.M.O (FEAR.OF.MISSING.OUT.) and wasn’t prepared.

I quickly shoved the order in, and because of that, when the price went against me, I had a big draw down for my position.

So I exited, just for it to top out $.20 cents above my exit and swing back down in my favor.

To make matters worse, it hits my profit target. This would have been a $500 dollar profit minimum, and a $1,000+ dollar profit if I had got my all my size in with a SOLID ENTRY.

Now, how should I have gone about this?

First things first, I should never have dumped half my size into the stock, especially at a price point that wasn’t close to the best price.

I should have started with 100-200 shares max. This would have allowed me to be involved in the trade but not sacrificing so much. I would be able to let the trade play out.

If I was only 200 Shares in and the stock hit 14.08 (where I originally stopped out), I would have been down -$80 dollars instead of -$200 dollars. This would allow me to continue to add as long as the stock was still showing signs of a reversal.

Second thing I would have done differently was start scaling in short on the pops, instead if on that dip. That’s was F.O.M.O (Fear.Of.Missing.Out) will do. All of your rules tend to get thrown out the window.

Remember, Buying dips or shorting pops will add to your profit and reduce your loses. See the post I had on that.

https://traderjournaljourney.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/1-tip-that-will-amplify-your-trading-profits/

Being able to scale in will give you a much better entry most of the time because you have multiple chances to get a better price. That’s the key.

You throw your starter order out, maybe its a good entry, maybe its not. It doesn’t matter, you have 3-5 more tries to get a better price average. That’s the beauty of it.

And because you have multiple tries, you will be less stressed and less tense about entering the position.

This is just the beginning of me speaking about scaling in, that’s how passionate I am about it.

Take care for now, and I hope this helped!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a question in the comments, or email me.

Have A wonderful day!!

 

 

 

 

1 Tip That Will Amplify Your Trading Profits

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As we traders try to find any advantage to take home more profits, its important to realize that every second matters when it comes to getting the price and entry you want.

One mistake that we all have made as beginner traders is to do the opposite of “Buy the Dip, sell the rip” or “Buy Low and Sell High”.

It all sounds very simple, however in real time it is not that simple. When you are trading real money your emotions will often want to take over your rationale.

What really happens is you see a stock you are interested in and you say “oh my goodness i love the way this is setting up.” Now its time to enter, but….

You hesitate. You want to see more confirmation.  Maybe just a little bit more. The price you were suppose to enter is now leaving you and each tick that is  going in the favor that you wanted is now making you do the following…

1.) Make you feel bad about not entering when you should have

2.) Makes you feel more confident in entering because it continues to move in your favor

3.) F.O.M.O (Fear of Missing Out). You now regret not entering + you feel that the stock will continue to go higher. you think “why would I sit out of this trade when its doing what I want it to do”

What then typically happens is the stock you now enter late into now reverses, whether it be a pullback or a straight dump. This now makes you nervous especially if you have big size on.

More often than not, you will be shaken out of the trade for a loss. Then to make matters worse, the stock you now exit out of now reverses to go back in your favor.

Typical, right.

These 3 reasons in my opinion are the main reasons why so many new traders end up buying at the top.

I have done it plenty of times as a new trader so don’t feel bad. We were all new at some point.

The main key that was explained to me was that …

We do this because it is human nature to want to see confirmation first before we take risk. So when we see the stock continue to climb without us, the more tempting it is for us to jump on late.

Perfect example: Bitcoin at $17,000-$20,0000.

Now, whats the solution?? Buying at the times when its uncomfortable.

Simple but difficult at the same time.Let me explain some more.

When you have a stock that you are interested in and you want to buy it,  the best time to my is usually during a pullback. That means when the stock makes its move upward in a volatile manner , you don’t buy into that move.

You buy the pullback because it is literally buying at a better price. That is the way you have to think.

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In this picture above, you will see where I recommend to buy and where not to. In the moment it will be hard to buy the dip for beginners , but think about it like this.

In the first area there is a difference of .37 cents from the the top at $2.00 from the bottom of the pullback to $1.63. If you bought the top with 5,000 shares and were waiting for it to come back above 2 dollars, that pull back would have made a draw down of -$1,850 dollars.

Ouch. -18.5% On your position. (5,000 Shares X $2.00 = $10,000….($1850/$10,000) X 100 = 18.5%

Compare that now, if you Bought at $1.70 for 5,000 shares. The most you would have been down would have been $350 dollars.

Also, if the stock still went lower, maybe $1.50 lets say.

You still would lose less money than the person who bought at the top, since you average price is lower.

Buying dips or pullbacks will literally make you more money if the stock goes in your favor, and still save you more money if the stock goes against you.

It just takes time to get use to it, but overtime it was one of the most beneficial things you can do to enhance your trading.

 

5 Ways To Tell You Are Using Too Much Size When Trading

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Either you just started trading or you have been at it for awhile and you are feeling confident. You have been consistent and you feel like its time to increase your total size count. Going from 100-300 shares to 1,000 -2,000 shares or something along those lines, right?

Because why not? If you can make $200 consistently then why can’t you start making $2,000 right away?

What are we waiting for?

This has come across my mind before, and probably any other trader who has had some success with smaller size and wanted to start making big money.

Unfortunately there are flaws with this type of thinking.  So much goes into increasing size, especially if its by a drastic measure.

Here are 5 ways you can see that you are using too much size

  1. If You Are Uncomfortable Hitting the BUY/SELL Button.                                       

This was a big tell for me in my trading. Its not just about being nervous about hitting the button, it was when i saw the perfect entry that i wanted, or perfect set up, and hesitated because I was afraid of putting on all that size.

But when I used 100-200 shares, there was no hesitation at all. This really because I new that i could actually tolerate the loss from a 100-200 share loss, if I were to lose. This leads directly to point number #2.

If You Cant Allow Your Stop Loss to Hit/ Adjusting Stop Loss.                             

This can be another indicator that you have on too much size. Having your stop loss hit is part of trading. No matter what, you are going to take losses over time.

If you enter trades with a predetermined risk set  and move the stop loss lower to avoid taking the loss, it often means you can’t stomach the loss because of the size you are using. Leading to point number #3.

If you are not Truly Accepting The Risk You Set.

Don’t lie to yourself and say that “you accept the risk” if you are constantly moving your loss and holding losses farther than anticipated. The reason us as traders set risk is so that we keep our losses small as well as keeps us protected.

Anytime you set your risk for a trade, YOU NEED TO TRULY BE ABLE TO RISK IT.

Which means, if you truly can’t stomach a $200 loss, you need to be using less size so that you have more room to less the stock play out. Using less size will also take a less emotional toll on you when you lose.

When you lose $20 on a trade, can you sleep at night? Most likely. Because you can live with a $20 loss and go into the next trade unfazed. That’s TRULY accepting risk.

If the amount you risk is NOT proportionate to your account size.                 

These are related to the other points , but not he same. If you see a quality trade, quality setup, perfect entry. It can be tempting to “go all in”.

However, even some of the best trading setup ups fail. No strategy is 100% guaranteed.  So what happens when your $10,000 account is now down $3,000 because you went all in.

And when it was time to get out, you only then realize how much of a loss to your account 30% is. So most people hold longer, and longer , and longer. -40%, -60% etc. All that work gone just like that.

If the loss if not proportionate to your account, think twice before sizing up so much.

You want to take the trade off as soon as the trade starts going in your favor.

This one is my favorite believe it or not :). Its my favorite because it shows me how backwards we think in the moment of having big relative size in a trade.

We hold and hold the loss lower and lower because we are afraid to realize the loss, but when we have a lot of size on and the trade works out on our favor, our emotions cause us to exit early.

The complete opposite of what we were suppose to be doing; Keeping losses small, Letting winners run.

We do this because as soon as we put on a trade that we feel is a lot of size, we are already fearful. So as soon as its starts to work out we think “thank God, let me get out before this turns against me”.

Again, ask yourself, “Would I be doing this i had 200 shares in the trade instead of 2,000 shares??” Answer, Most likely not.

4 Important Reasons for Trading Through Different Market Conditions

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We often hear people ask traders, ” Are you a bullish or bearish trader?”. Almost everyone has a specific favorite between the two choices.

Some of us prefer the Bullish side (Long/Buy) because we like the idea of simply buying shares when we are ready to make the decision instead of worrying about “Is there any shares to short left?”.

Some of us prefer the Bearish(Short/Sell) side because we love the total collapse of a stock once it starts to fail. What ever the choice is, it is still a good idea to at least understand whats going on, on the other side.

What many traders don’t realize is that us as traders often will mistake our “preference” for the Short or Long side, with trading in a Bullish or Bearish market.

You start trading one day and after a while you convince your self that you enjoy buying much more than selling when in reality, the market conditions at the time are just better suitable for Long biased traders because the bullish market will give you more opportunities to buy and be correct.

It is important to understand your reasoning for choosing your biased, as well as trying to be a more well rounded trader.

Here are 4 Reasons why I believe it is crucial for all traders to trade through different market conditions.

1) You Truly Don’t Know How To Trade Until You have Experienced Different Market Conditions.                                                                                                                   

 I believe this wholeheartedly. Its very easy to pursued yourself into believe you are a top trader because you can make great profits in a market that is trending in your favor.

However, what is the common trend that happens to the type of trader who thinks like this? When the market turns against them, they don’t keep their money. They more times than not end up blowing a big portion of it.

Why? Because they think they can trade the same way through any market trend.  The truth is the best traders know when to step on the brakes, and when to turn on the gas.

This leads to point number #2.

2) You Will Understand The Right Time To Be More Aggressive, and The Right Time To Be Conservative With Trading.

This is one trait of great traders that many people seem to overlook. This is how the great traders you look up to are able to profit a lot for a certain time, and then suffer much smaller losses over time.

They realize that you can be 100% aggressive at all times, because the market changes. Its no different than Steph Curry or most great basketball player. They can often tell within minutes of playing that today is going to be “one of those days”.

A day where he can shoot more than usual, or attempt more outlandish shots because the first 5 shots he took were all perfect. So they may average 25 points per game but in this game they think ” I am going to go for 60 points” because they know this day, “my shooting looks better than average/ my shooting is far into my favor”.

This is no different than the stock market being in your favor. If you are a long biased trader and the markets are bullish, plus you are seeing stocks do ridiculous moves, 50%, 100%, 200% gains, this should be the moment you say, ” its time to be more aggressive” and size in a bit more than usual.

When the market is not in your favor, and only 1 or 2 stocks are barely making 25% moves, then this should be an indication to use less size than usual, because the likelihood of you losing on bullish opportunistic is higher.

3) In Can Make You A More Profitable Trader/ More Well Rounded Trader             

Well this should be obvious to most, but in case its not , its alright. Explanation incoming. If you can learn to make money in both a Bullish market , but ALSO a bearish market, it will instantly make you a more profitable trader, instead of being the trader that is only great in a Bull market but absent in a Bear market.

Another basketball analogy coming. The top NBA players are usually never one sided players. They’re almost never strictly offense or strictly defense.

Obviously there is your occasional one, but for the most part the top players are great at either offense or defense, but still really good at defense. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Shaquille O’neal, Wilt Chamberlain etc.

On top of that, because you they are not only top players, and that can play both sides (Offense and Defense) they are usually the players that get paid the most dollars (Lebron making close $80 Million in 2018).

Why?? Being well rounded means that you are present in the market, the  same way a multi-purpose player gets more playing minutes. More presence in the market means more opportunity the same way more playing time often means more points and other stats.

4) People Will Look To You For Advice More Often Then Your Competition. 

This is mostly for the traders who plan to open of services , blogs, YouTube channels, etc.

The more you know about different market conditions and the more you can prove that within any market you can not only survive, but make great money on either end, the more people will want to buy your product, ask for your advice, or recommend you to other beginners.

I use to watch a particular trader on YouTube religiously. Until I realized that when the market turned he was basically absent, which is fine, but it made me go search for someone else who was proving they could make money in a time when the YouTube trader couldn’t.

Your business side of trading will do much better if you can show customers that you are capable of showing them both sides of the game. Bullish and Bearish. Offense and Defense.

Penny Stocks vs Higher Priced Stocks

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As a beginner trader one of the toughest decisions to make is choosing your niche. Your time window you choose to trade in, the assets you want to trade, the broker you want to use, and more.

One of the hardest decisions a stock trader has to make is if they choose to trade penny stocks, or higher priced stocks. This can be especially difficult for traders who intend to use small accounts.

Below I am going to list the pros and cons of both penny stocks, as well as higher priced stocks.

Pros of Penny Stocks

  • Cheaper Shares.                                                                                                                      This is most likely the biggest reason why many traders decide to trade penny stocks. The cheaper the stock, the more shares you can buy. The more shares you have, the less of a dollar value move the stock needs to make money. For example;

2 Traders (John and Jenny) have $2,000 Accounts each. John buys Stock “EFG” for 1000 shares at $1. Jenny buys Stock “ABC” for $20 shares at $50. If both stocks move $1…

John just made $1000, but Jenny only made $20. This is primarily due to the percentage move that just happened.

Both stocks moved 1 dollar, but the stock that John traded just made a 100% move, vs Jenny’s stock which made a 2% move. This directly leads to the second pro of penny stocks..

  • Bigger Percentage Gain.                                                                                                 Penny stocks unlike other higher priced stocks are much more likely to see 50%, 100% even 200% gains if the right market conditions are among us. It is much easier for a stock to go from $1 to $2 than a $50 stock to go to $100. This is typically because a lot of smaller priced stocks have smaller floats. People are aware of this and try to take advantage of the possibility of a big percentage return.                                                 Bigger percentage moves X More shares = More profit

 

  • Faster Moves/More Explosive Moves.                                                                           This is referring to how fast the shares will often rise. In the chance that a $50 stock does go to $100, is will usually take some time for that to happen. Usually “bigger floats” require more volume to make the moves they need to make. For the same percentage move on a one dollar stock, its not uncommon that the stock can hit that 100% move in the same day. Simply because of all the attention it attracts being so cheap, plus not requiring  a massive amount of volume to move.

Cons Of Penny Stocks

  • Extreme Volatility Can Be Your Enemy.                                                                    While volatility can be your friend if the stock is in your favor, it can be your worst nightmare when it goes against you. For the exact same reasons that make a lot of penny stocks do insane moves ( small float, cheap shares, more attention), these things will work against you when the stock turns the in the other direction, especially if you are longing (buying) these stocks.

 

  • More Commissions.                                                                                                         Depending on the broker you use, buying lots of shares can cost you a lot more in commission over time. The broker that I use charges about $5 per 500 shares (buy 500 shares + sell 500 shares = $5). This means to buy 2000 shares of a cheaper stock, it would cost me a total of $20 dollars. Yikes. Compared to if I bought and sold 200 shares of a higher priced stock, it would only cost me a grand total of $2 . With that low of a commission, I wouldn’t even hesitate to get in or out. However, when you have higher commissioned pricing, you start to hesitate because you most likely don’t want to lose that $20 , just to try and get back in later and spend another $20. *This most likely does not apply to brokers who have a flat fee for commissions

 

  • Halts Happen More Often.                                                                                                    In penny stocks, because they have the tendency to make huge moves in such a small amount of time,  they are often halted by the sec for small investigation. Halts can take place for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, all the way up to months. I’ve personally witnessed traders who have been stuck in a halt that lasted over month. Imagine your hard earned money being tied up, not knowing when its going to be released, if at all. As well as you not knowing the price the stock will open up at, its a huge risk some traders are willing to take.

 

  • More seasonal/ Periodic.                                                                                                    The penny stock world is known for droughts or hot and cold streaks that can last for awhile. Obviously the entire market fluctuates throughout the year, but for the most part there will always be higher priced stocks in action because of how many there are as well as the price ranges. I consider higher priced stocks to be priced between $10 and $300. Obviously there are higher priced than that, but the majority seems to be within that range. With penny stocks, you could have incredible moves for 3 months, but then barely anything for 6 months. This is fine for a trader who doesn’t mind that break, but the most of us prefer something a bit more consistent.

 

  • Less Trustworthy.                                                                                                                Penny stocks are usually penny stocks for a reason. The lower price indicates to me there value, as it should. There is a reason why Google, Apple, Amazon and Netflix prices for there stock are on the high side. Because of the cheap prices of penny stocks, traders must be careful of trying to hold them overnight. Penny stocks have a much higher chance of being desisted than higher priced stocks, or losing the majority of its value overnight. In no way am I saying that bad news or bad situations can’t happen to higher priced stocks overnight, but i would definitely be more skeptical about holding penny stocks overnight.

Pros Of Higher Priced Stocks

  • Less Commission.                                                                                                          Depending on the broker you use, trading higher priced stocks with smaller size with cost you less over time rather than buying or selling tens of thousands of shares. Some brokers do charge on a trade by trade basis with a fixed rate, so in that case it will not matter how much shares you use. But if you do have a broker that does charge based on share size, then it will be beneficial to trade higher priced with less size because you can get in and out of a trade whenever you see fit.

 

  • More Trustworthy To Invest In.                                                                                  Higher priced stocks can often be actively traded as well as invested in because of the trustworthiness of the company behind it. Stocks that are higher priced are usually priced that way for a reason; because the company has value. You might not ever see Amazon or Google just disappear overnight like a lot of penny stocks do.  Yes there are higher priced stocks that will have bad news and will lose 10%,20%, 30%, but in my opinion it is much less likely to happen in the higher priced region verses the penny stock world.

 

  • Moves Are Slower.                                                                                                              Now, some traders are going to think this is a bad thing. Well it depends what your tolerance is. There are traders that love the super fast spikes and dips in a stock, but that requires a lot of patience and quickness at the same time. There are other traders who prefer to allow there position to calmly go in there favor. Slower moves means that you have a heightened ability to stay relaxed through certain moves, unlike a lot of penny stocks where they can be so volatile that  they shake you out of the position before the move even got started.They don’t mind if it takes hours, or days for their target to hit, they will gladly sit through it and prefer it that way.

 

  • All Year Round.                                                                                                                    About 3 out of 4 stocks follow the overall market and these and to be more higher priced stocks. Unlike the penny stock world that seems to be steaming hot one month and then completely absent the next 2 months, the higher priced stock world has more consistency behind it. That doesn’t mean that they are always going up. It could be a bearish market, but even then it often means there will be something to play on the short side. All markets will also also have a dip in volume around the summer time but even then, there are usually still higher priced stocks to play, just not as much as there were during September to march.

 

  • Halts Less Often.                                                                                                                Halts happen less for higher priced stocks for one major reason; They rarely ever have those huge explosive percentage moves that the penny stocks have.                     Remember, a $5 dollar move on a $1 dollar stock in 2 minutes appears to be way more suspicious to regulators than a $5 dollar move on a $50 dollar stock.Its not about the dollar increase, its about the percentage move that will often trigger the halt.

 

  • More Range.                                                                                                                            This sort of makes up for the lack of explosive moves that the penny stocks tend to have. Traders are often under the illusion that when you buy higher priced stocks that the profit potential is no longer worth it. I am guilty of thinking that way as well in my earlier days. The truth is that high priced stocks have tremendous range since they are higher priced in the first place. Remember 5% on a 1 dollar stock is only 5 cents, but on a $50 dollars stock 5% is $2.50 dollar move. If you ask me, I would rather put 100 shares into a $50 dollar stock($5,000) and try to get the $2.50 dollar move to make $250 rather than putting in 5,000 shares into a $1 dollar stock ($5,000) and hope for a 5 cent move to make that same $250 dollars.

Cons of Higher Priced stocks

  • Higher Priced Stocks Require More Money.                                                                      This is the only real downside I see to trading higher priced stocks. Since they are higher priced, you need a higher amount of money. Now, what I did (And i’m not recommending it) was use margin. There going to be traders who will tell you don’t, but when i am trading 100 shares of a stock on margin, you can easily manage your risk compared to you using margin on a penny stock.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would recommend that you NEVER USE MARGIN ON A PENNY STOCK.  It is much harder to manage with a high amount of shares, High volatility, as well as increased risk for a halt. This is not advice telling you to use margin however.

At the end of the day, you have to choose what decision is best for you.