that depends much on the system you use. I have a friend that trades 20 to 30 times a day. scalping a point at a time. He believes that no one knows where markets will turn. He also likes it that he can come and go random since all his trades last just minutes....he is more of a ticket tape reader.
My system was designed to take one to two good trades a day. My philosophy is that markets are predictable, and that fits my logical personality.
So each his/her own style and there are many different styles out there.
20-40 per day usually. I have an issue with forcing trades though. If market is slow and rangebound, sometimes its better to take no trades than a few trades. Instead of focusing on trades per day just focus on taking valid trade setups. Many of us have a deep held belief we need to be doing something, we gotta "make it happen" etc, which produces a sense of urgency which is horrible in trading... it reveals itself most during slow markets. Or thinking that we have some sort of control over outcome... trying to reach "x" amount of profit. If the market is slow and choppy, you will not make a killing. Fact. You got no control over market volatility or trend for the day. Fact. No matter how skilled you are, you have no control over any one trade. Fact. Performance is not the same as outcome. Sometimes performance means, not trading. It means preserving mental capital when markets are quiet, trading less (or not at all) and with small targets. And sometimes it means getting into more trades if the setups are there. You control your risk, when you are in a position and when you are not, and when you get out of that position. You control the mind you bring into trading. Never your profits or trade outcome. Giving up this illusory control, the "perfectionist" part of me, is what allows me to perform optimally. A bit off topic, but the point Im trying to make is you should only trade when you have edge, and the frequency depends on your trading criteria, what time-frame you trade off and how many setups the market actually gives you. There shouldnt be some sort of quota you have to meet, thats putting pressure on yourself and missing the point. I like to think of overtrading like a hamster running on a wheel. You try to force results by "pushing" forward but you end up either flat or more likely blowing up.
Understanding yourself is just as important as understanding markets.
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