There are various trading styles exist that online traders find preferable based on their skills and knowledge applicable in the trade. Each online trading styles include stock, options, futures or more so Forex trading and are characterized with regard to the duration being traded as well as the strategies put in place while trading.
Thus, depending on the style in place, trades who prefer stock online trading style will trade in equities or shares from companies they deem are doing well and their shares are likely to go up by a mark. Same way, option traders sell and buy rights of properties for a stipulated time and at varying market conditions. Future trading on the other hand deals with contracting products with specific market features like oil and bonds while online Forex traders major with currency pairs and trade them to gain from their different exchange rates.
Trader that engage for a period less than a year are referred to as short term traders while those trading past a year are long-term traders. Conversely, online trading attracts more short term investors compared to long term investors for obvious reasons; online trading is influenced by changing patterns and the changes in price for long periods attracts many risks.
Trading with companies and growing fields whose financial performance is ascertained is however considered safe for long term investors. This way, they get returns after a lengthy while but get subtle profits all the same. Differently, short term traders can trade within hours to days and form the majority in the group comprising of day traders, swing traders as well as position traders. Even though the returns obtained in trading for short periods can be little, one can optimize profit making by entering into trade more times when the market conditions are favorable to their trading items.