1. Introduction to Stock Trader Types
  2. Stock Traders’ vs. Stock Investors' Roles in the Marketplace
  3. Decision-Making Methods: Informed, Uninformed, Intuitive
  4. Informed Traders: Fundamental Traders, Technical Traders
  5. Swing Traders
  6. Buy and Hold Traders
  7. Value Traders
  8. Trend Traders
  9. KISS Traders
  10. Momentum Traders
  11. Range-bound Traders - Break-out Traders - Channel Traders
  12. Options Traders
  13. Options Seller Traders
  14. Day Traders
  15. Pattern Day Traders
  16. Intra-Day Traders
  17. Intra-Day Scalp Traders
  18. Contrarian Traders
  19. Active and Passive Traders
  20. Futures Traders
  21. Forex Traders
  22. Online Stock Traders
  23. Pivot Traders
  24. News Traders
  25. Noise Traders
  26. Sentiment-Oriented Technical Traders
  27. Intuitive Traders
  28. Price Action Traders
  29. Price Traders
  30. Detrimental Traders
  31. Unsuccessful Types of Stock Traders
  32. Conclusion

Classifying the different types of stock traders currently active is difficult, as there are a wide range of styles and methods, and many traders combine elements of different strategies. Having said that, though, we can broadly group stock traders into three large categories: informed, uninformed, and intuitive.

Informed Traders

Informed traders are those who make investment decisions based on information that they believe will help them to beat the broader market. More generally, informed traders fall into two categories: fundamental and technical traders. We will further examine these categories in the next chapter.

Uninformed Traders

While the name may be somewhat misleading, uninformed traders are those who take the opposite view from informed traders.

Intuitive Traders

Intuitive traders are less fully-formed as a category in comparison with informed and uninformed traders. A trader taking this approach to decision-making will hone his or her general feelings and instincts in order to find particular opportunities to initiate a trade. These traders make use of charts and studies as well, but they rely on their own broader experience when it comes to questions of timing. Intuitive traders would likely not say that they lack information on the stock in question, the company, and the sector. Rather, they focus on patterns they have observed in the price fluctuations of those stocks in order to make their decisions.

In the next chapter, we’ll look specifically at the different types of informed traders.


Informed Traders: Fundamental Traders, Technical Traders
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