Posted on 25 July 2012.
Computers have made high frequency trading a reality for any investor, but it can be a dangerous game to play. The stock market follows a fairly simple rule: the higher the risk, the higher the reward. At some levels of risk, investing is akin to gambling. The goal of any investor is to put the odds on his or her side; there are countless strategies to try and hedge the risk in these quick trades.
Complex computer algorithms can predict long period trends of certain stocks and markets; this trending can be taken advantage of through high frequency trading. An investor can position himself to take advantage of the drops and gains that occur along the trending. Some trades are opposites; when one goes up, the other goes down by investing in both a person can hedge possible losses. If this is done in high volume the wins are often slightly greater than the losses and so real money accumulates over time. Scalping is the “buy low and sell high” of high frequency trading; the difference is that the buy and sell value are often only pennies apart. In an extremely volatile market, this can quickly turn into a pile of profits, especially once computers are involved that can accept parameters and make trades instantly.
It is a risky business to deal in high frequency trading, but it is an adrenaline rush. The ability to actively make money through investing is a great way to turn investing from a hobby into a career; it is not something to be entered into lightly though. Just like any area of the stock market, an investor needs to understand what he or she is doing. Practice, patience, and information are the three keys to being successful in the stock market, whether it is with commodities or high frequency trading
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