Full Time Or Part Time Trading?

Trading is an activity that can be carried out 24 hours a day. In fact, the Asian market opens when Americans go to sleep and a few hours before the Italians wake up. There is so much opportunity to trade that there is an embarrassment of choice about what and when to trade. Obviously none of us has the ability to stay awake and attached to the computer for all the trading time of all markets (indeed, it is something that we strongly advise against for your mind and your wallet!). While the luckier ones have adopted trading as a full time profession, most traders do this part time activity.

When most of us go to work in the morning, full time traders are already negotiating (or preparing to do so), because it is their job, their life. We assure you that being a full time trader is not easy, it is certainly not what some fake sites with images of boats and large houses delude. Full time trading is a hard profession that requires constant information, updating and constancy. Every day there can be jolts, so the professional trader will always be alert not to be caught off guard, either to not suffer heavy losses, or to take advantage of strong gains.

Your objectives and investments should be in proportion to the time you can spend on your trading activity. Although there are very talented beginners who make high and fast profits in the first period, in the long run they can lose what they have earned if they do not adopt a flexible strategy instead of following their own enthusiasm.

To be considered successful trading, therefore, you need to look to the long term. Each with its own time, each with its own goals, but in the long term.


Think of the points that part-time and full-time traders, the so-called trading professionals, have in common. Take for example Daniele, who has no other jobs and who does trading for a living. He has no certifications but in fact he does trading all day, so we will identify him as a “professional trader” (because, in fact, he does it for “profession”). Daniele has chosen this path probably for two reasons:

  1. He was successful and left his job (perhaps very dissatisfied with it).
  2. He lost his job and started trading.

These are strong, important choices, to be made responsibly, according to the context, according to one’s own economic possibilities, according to the family context, etc., and they must be made in a responsible manner. So here we want to point out, once again, that we do not recommend anyone to leave their jobs to trade. Maybe, start in part time mode and decide with time (the more time, the better). As we have seen in the first paragraph, it is in the long term that you can have a judgment on your own work.

All of us could be good traders, we could be successful, but the only “potential” does not make us professional traders. We could all learn to use platforms and strategies, practice every day and finally gain total confidence. We can all learn how to interpret economic events and predict their effects on the financial markets. We can all learn how to handle pressure.

The difference between a professional trader and a part time trader is only in time: those who use all their time for trading, do so by profession. Others cannot be considered as such. You become a professional in trading only when you focus full time on the possibilities that the market offers.

Trading twice a week is a hobby, which can become profitable, but remains a hobby.

With all this talk we want to point out that those who use more time or those who do it as a profession, can also invest more money. In fact, you will find many more opportunities to recover possible losses, opportunities to take advantage of more increases on all types of markets.

Having less time available many times translates into a willingness to invest by force, take advantage of the moment even if not propitious. Let’s explain better why it is a fundamental point. If the professional trader, spending 8-10 hours a day (even 12 or more days) can take advantage of more favorable opportunities than a trader who puts a couple of hours a day and decides to bet on what seems more favorable to him, even in times of stability.

In summary: time affects. The more time you invest in trading, the more profitable your investments will be. However, do not place orders at all costs, do not be in a hurry.

Time Management

Since few people can afford to trade full time, the key to the whole issue is time management.

In fact, those who have little time every day for trading and therefore can for example do so before work, during a break, in the lunch break or in the afternoon. For example, in stock trading you can open positions at market opening in the morning by taking advantage of volatility, or you can make predictions from the day before, opening positions before closing. Once the stock market is closed, in fact, you can not trade but you have to wait for the reopening of the stock exchange.

To manage the time, therefore, you can proceed in this way:

  1. To take advantage of the volatility of the market, you can wait for the reopening of the market and exploit its strength. The market, to its opening, always shows a search of the physiological trend, in which interesting changes can be manifested.
  2. To make a prediction on the daily arc, instead, you can open a position in the morning or at the previous closing, and then draw a balance at the end of the day. For example, if we want to predict a daily rise in the FTSE Mib index, we can open a position in the morning and close it before the close (17.30). To do this, you can use the Plus500 trading platform, available in both real and demo versions with virtual money.

Trading modes are numerous, but it all depends on your time and your goals. Instead of waiting half a day, for example, we may also decide to close the position in the middle of the morning (coffee break) or at lunch. Again, before the opening of Wall Street that could affect the trend of the index. Again, we could open a position just before the opening of Wall Street to take advantage of the changes it could bring on the Italian stock index or on European stock exchanges in general.

Each of us can therefore identify good times during the day in which to operate, based on our own times and the most sensitive market hours.

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