- A person whose primary motivation is not seeking profits, but instead to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in a security.
- Hedgers are seen as risk averse and try to reduce the risks connected with uncertainty
- A person seeking large profits in return for large risks by trying to anticipate price movements, in the hope of making quick, large gains.
- Speculators are stereotypically seen as risk lovers.
- Speculators bet against the movements of the market to try to profit from price fluctuations.
There are several different styles of trading which will be more often used by traders, while investing the market.
- Trend Trading: A style of trading that attempts to profit from riding short, medium or long term trends in price.
- Range Trading:A style of trading that attempts to profit from buying and selling CFD between a lower level of support and an upper level of resistance. The upper level of resistance and the lower level of support define the range.
- News Trading:A style of trading whereby a trader attempts to profit from fundamental news announcements on a country’s economy that may affect the value of a CFD, usually seeking short term profit immediately after the announcement is released.
- Scalping: A style of trading that involves frequent trading seeking small gains over a very short period of time. Trades can last from seconds to minutes.
- Day Trading: A style of trading that involves multiple trades on an intra-day basis. Trades can last from minutes to hours.
- Swing Trading:A style of trading that involves seeking to profit from short to medium term swings in trend. Trades can last from hours to days.
- Carry Trading: A style of trading whereby the trader attempts to profit from holding a CFD with a higher rate of interest and selling a CFD with a lower rate of interest, profiting from the daily interest rate differential of the position.
- Position Trading:A style of trading that involves taking a longer term position that reflects a longer term outlook. Trades can last from weeks to months.