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Can Day Trading be profitable for retail?

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The original question was framed in terms of the thread starter's experience, and his views on the factors that are against the retail trader: essentially, costs and slippage.

There have been other threads asking this sort of question over the years. They tend to end up like this one is doing. There are many successful traders on the forum, but it is hard to be reassured by their experience if you will not accept it.

It looks like this thread will end like they usually do, which is a shame, really. But there it is.

If the question is "how?", that's another matter. It is not likely that this question is going to be answered by a post or two in this thread. Many are working on it -- some succeed and most do not. It will take some work to find an answer to that one, and it may be an individual matter that most will never succeed at.

But to repeat, if the question is, "Can a retail day trader be profitable," the answer is, yes, some can. And many (or most) will not.


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