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  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

Unfortunately, many stock traders have stories of financial failure or trades gone wrong. It’s incredibly difficult to trade stocks with consistent profitability, and there is an estimated failure rate of 90% or more among short-term investors. There are a number of reasons why this failure rate is so high, including:

  • New traders tend to start out with insufficient capital

  • New traders tend to begin without a coherent game plan or strategy

  • Market unpredictability can be devastating

  • Corporate and financial scams and frauds can distort the markets

  • Biased and aggressive advertising campaigns related to trading, brokerage, and stock picking strategies can exert undue influence on trader behavior

  • Largely unregulated publications with inaccuracies can provide traders with inaccurate information

  • Many trading methods, even those which are widely popular, are inaccurate or unproven

Speculating in stocks is a risky occupation for even the best traders. Of course, there are also many stories of incredible success and wealth associated with these careers. Still, opposite the successful traders who bring expertise, moderation, and skill to their work, there are those who enter the game only to see their money disappear. They include the following categories.


Over-trading refers to the excessive purchase and sale of securities in order to increase the probability of successful trades. It can be difficult for over-traders to diagnose their behavior, although many traders recognize this tendency in others. The root of the issue may be psychological in many cases, as a desire to achieve profit outweighs a sense of reason. Traders often wish to chase the market in order to attempt to recover losses. In other cases, they may feel that they are not being active enough.

Technical over-traders are usually novices who justify their actions by the technicalities of the field. They tend to look for indicators after the fact as a means of confirming their pre-determined positions.

Impulsive over-traders, on the other hand, re those who make use of non-statistical or non-mathematical data, relying on hunches, the news, or other people’s opinions. They cannot abide by inactivity, and frequently they have a compulsion to trade.

Here is an example of an over-trader situation:

In 2013, two former JPMorgan Chase employees, Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, were suspected of concealing a trading loss of almost £4 billion. The losses were the result of outsized wagers made by traders at the bank’s chief investment office in London. They had used derivatives to make wagers on the health of other large companies. As trades turned sour, they doubled down and incurred significant losses.

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