Scalping is a well-known and commonly used form of trading which suits trader who want to make large numbers of trades earning small profits each time. This happens by opening a trade, buying a currency pair, and closing it as soon as the smallest profit is made – usually between 3 to five minutes – completely evading risk even if the profit is too small to make a difference.
The main base of scalping is to make a lot of trades daily – can be up to over a hundred a day – and aim on never losing any money through those trades, but steadily keep making small profit among small profit slowly building up a larger account.
The downside of scalping is that it requires large amounts of deposit, to be able to handle the amount of leverage which must be taken to make the short and small trades worthy. It also demands a lot more attention, as none of the positions can be losses, otherwise the other small trades will be imbalanced by losses and therefore become entirely useless. It takes clear and attentive concentration skills to achieve that.
Of course needless to say, Scalping is time consuming, and would take a trader who can commit to trading for hours on a daily basis in order to keep building up from the small profits made with each trade, therefore it would be very hard to keep up as a scalper if one is not already a full time trader.
An important aspect of scalping is to always keep consistency in trade sizes, if a trader uses erratic trade sizes while scalping; they are bound to lose a lot of money. If random sizes are chosen it is most likely that an oversized, leveraged loss will erase all the profits of a day’s work, defeating the whole principle of scalping. All trade sizes must be the same, making the amount of losses and gains equal, therefore keeping the trading strategy balanced.
Many people find scalping through programs effective and doable, because it does not require their immediate presence, or their constant attention.
Over all, to become a good scalper, attention, concentration and time are needed, with a lot of practice, and having the intuition to pull out at the right time, even when the profits are too small to seem worthy.