Swing vs. Day Trading – Which is Better?

You can compare day traders and swing traders to the Ninja Turtles – always fighting the Foot Clan. They are always battling each other, but which one is better?

Let’s break down the differences between day traders and swing traders, so you can decide which style of trading is better for you…

Holding Time
The holding time for a day trader is less than 6.5 hours, because there is less than 6.5 hours in a trading day. You can possibly hold stock for 7 hours if you trade premarket or aftermarket, but typically you’ll hold less than 6.5 hours.

The holding time for a swing trader, on the other hand, is anywhere from 2 days to 2 months. It’s typically longer than one day.

Posted at: http://tradersfly.com/2014/04/swing-vs-day-trading-better/



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  1. great info. I couldn't make up my mind so I just decided to pursue both and use each depending on what the market is doing. I started out as a swing trader in long options with no prior trading experience (yes, I know- crazy). I started out seeing big profits in the desired direction and consistent movement. I held lots of heavy overnight positions- so once it started to rest or take a few steps back- I gave a lot of it back. I learned quick that getting caught in a directional change could be dangerous as a swing trader. As I learned about theta, resistance, support, and setting stops, I learned to amp it up during short periods in the desired direction as a day trader using options with a high theta (it only works if you honor your stops to the penny and get out the same day). I learned to swing a much lower percentage of total portfolio balance via low theta options (>= 3 Months till expiration), so long as the direction is still valid and the markets are similarly positioned. It cost a lot of money in the short term but I think it was a good lesson. Taking profits less often- but they are bigger. More breakeven and losing trades, but with hard stops the losses are very low.

  2. I’m in school but I’m more of a hybrid trader I trade stocks in a swing trade way and currency’s in a day trade way all in all for a student I make good money just below €25k if things keep going as they are hopefully if I can be more focused for the summer I could possibly make under €40K

  3. Many experts recommend that novices should initially adopt a simple money management strategy eg (Blended Model Strategy), suggesting
    they never risk more than a pre-determined fixed amount of their total account balance on any single position. Risk exposure per trade can be kept within this specification by correctly calculating the stop loss and position
    size of each position opened. Stop loss specifies the number of pips that will be risked per trade, while position size represents the size of the trade expressed in lots. You can acquire a better appreciation for the logic behind such an approach when you study the strategy developed by Dmitry Vladislav, once you understand blended model method, there is
    a significant difference between risking 2% of your total equity and risking 10% of it on each trade. If you want to take your trading to the next level, i suggest you get the eBook of the candlesticks trading bible retain Vladislav

  4. Day Trading is a lot riskier than swing trading. Day trading is a day job, while swing trading is a side job. I like trading because your salary depends entirely on your abilities. No degrees, no politics, no BS.

  5. Day trading positions last less than one day, Swing Trading positions typically last two to six days, but may last as long as two weeks. With Trade12 I can easily run strategy easily because here I have smart bridge technology, fluent and technical errors free platform.

  6. Mix of both. I buy stocks and day traded Sell PUT options on earnings week and immediately Buy to Close to secure the decent profits and not risk assignment when I need not be assigned.


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