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What actually controls stock prices?

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A couple of links for you:

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Who makes those rules and how is it justified for them to make such regulations regarding what we do, or try to do, with our own money? What if a person isn't necessarily trying to be a day trader but they decide to sell a stock the same day they buy it? Will it not be permitted unless they have 25K in their account?

How about swing trading? I'd already decided not to attempt being a "day trader", but so far the seemingly less restrictive idea of swing trading as I interpret it so far seems a lot more reasonable. Are there such regulations involved with that too?

That's why I would recommend micro futures products because there is no minimum account size required other than what the broke imposes. But strictly only micro. Or also micro spot (cash) FX but would try and steer you towards micro futures. There is way to much leverage with futures in general for someone to start out there. An analogy would be throwing a 5 year old just starting out in swim lessons into a 10' deep pool unaided or a 15 years old just learning to drive into a Formula One car or week 1 white belt karate student into the MMA octagon. Total failure would be the outcome.

I guess the answer to your question in a general sense is, "the powers that be". http://www.finra.org/

Swing trading could work in theory. But take a hypothetical situation: you buy 300 share of xyz today. A significant unforeseen market event occurs. (could be anything terrorist attack, high-ranking official shot, extreme weather) You need to exit that same day. You place orders which only gets a partial fill. Your account gets frozen but you want to completely exit. You cannot. And must wait. Time passes and market move against you badly your account is gone and now you owe your broker a large sum as well. Swing trade micro futures. IMHO it will be easier.

Plus they are open 23 hours a day if you need to exit or want to get in for some reason in the middle of the night (say to hedge against some event) you have that freedom. Maybe a financial meltdown on the other side of the globe. So you just exit at night at 12:30am for example. With stocks you would have to wait until morning and it could open at a price that by now is very much against you. Market are always moving even when they are closed because if enough traders perceive value at a certain level that's all it takes.


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