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How Many Hours a Day do You Trade?

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How many hours do you trade..... ??

I was used to long hours working in the studio, so it's more of the same for me.

..just wondering....


I actually dream of trade entries / ideas....

No start no finish from 8am EST monday morning to 8am EST saturday morning, obviously I sleep in there as well. Most of the time is spent watching mr market weave his magic, waiting to make any required adjustments to my positions, this can happen at any time, funnily enought this waiting can be the most stressful of all even when everything is going my way.lol. At the moment I am typing this with the market ticking over on the other screens, I keep several computers running managing different accounts, works as a good backup having several accounts, if one goes down I can at least hedge my positions on the other if I need to.
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Assuming we are talking about trading as career rather than as a pastime or hobby I couldn't disagree more.
I don't think many people approach a 9-5 job with that attitude never mind something as difficult and cut-throat as trading.

@tigertrader wrote an amazing post a few weeks back which I agree with (almost) in it's entirety.
I think it's the opposite sentiment to what you said.

Interestingly (and slightly off topic) if you reread tigertrader's post I think he explains why most traders fail and in fact why most traders are doomed to failure before they even start.
Reading it the first time I found it very sardonic. It was if he was explaining to everybody why they would better off reading something else rather than wasting their time trying to trade.
But maybe I just interpreted it differently than most.

I have to agree, I followed the links, he is telling it like it is, they are a reflection of my experience and belief system. I started trading stocks in the late 80s, no computers around for retail traders then, in the 90s I was trading SPI futures and options off a pager and end of day data that I would download, whilst having to ring in my orders. The markets were very different back then. During the 90s computers came to the masses not just the big players who could afford them, once this happened that edge was gone also. These days it's like the Americas Cup, a race for technology with the smartest/fastest taking the choice cuts, all that is left for the retail trader is the scraps if he can figure out how to get them but it won't be by out teching the whales. This is one of the rare times that I have seen someone discussing pure price action, this is how I approach the markets, anytime that I have mentioned this on a forum I have been ridiculed and derided, but it works at least for me. I have my computers running with charts in the background but simply for ease in watching the price but never use technical analysis when making trade decisions. Having said that, I came on here looking for a way to get access to a trading tool, this is the first time in many years that I have seen something of this nature that might help me in my trading.
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one should also factor in the risk of sitting for long periods, even if you are an exerciser:

Too Much Sitting Is Killing You (Even If You Exercise)

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I currently only spend 2-3 hrs 'actively' trading. Around the open and around the close. I have cut the middle out because I found that was were I was the most 'stupid'. Errors, fatigue, losses mostly came during the middle or late in the day as I tried to manage or make something happen.

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my time zone is gmt + 3 . fits in so well...i wake up in time for london open.. scalp for 2 hrs then later in the even at open of ny scalp for 2 hrs

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I currently only spend 2-3 hrs 'actively' trading. Around the open and around the close. I have cut the middle out because I found that was were I was the most 'stupid'. Errors, fatigue, losses mostly came during the middle or late in the day as I tried to manage or make something happen.

Its funny you say that completely the same for me this week killed em in the morning got slayed afternoon on bund.

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I start at 7 am est. and will go till my goal is met , or 10 to 11 am . If I go past this time I find myself not waiting for the trade coming to me but me trying to make a trade happen .

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Resurrecting this thread because I wanted to know how many hours per day full-time discretionary traders spend on trade-related activities. This includes trading, research, organization, etc.

I know this thread has received a huge array of responses (from part-time/casual traders and auto/discretionary traders), but as someone who is planning on turning this specifically into a full-time endeavour I am curious to know how long other full-time discretionary traders spend on trade-related activity.

For me, 10-11 hours per day seems to be the limit before one reaches a point of being over-worked and prone to mistakes in either analysis or trading.

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4 to 5 hours

i start getting burn out after 4 hours. less is more for me

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I spent 11.75 hours today (7am to 645pm) at my desk trading and/or checking out at the end of day. Back again now (1015pm to double check statememt).

Most people based upon this thread would have called it a day at 815am and gone to play golf, having a good day under their belt. That would have been a huge mistake! (at least for me!)

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