Best time frame for day trading?


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Greetings everyone,

I hope you are all having a great day. I am asking for your expertise. What is the best time frame when it comes to day trading? Is the 1D:10min an ideal one? What works best for you?

Thank you


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Depends on how much risk you take,eg, if you're ok with a 10 point stop loss, a longer time frame seems ok, if your stops are 2 or 3 points, a shorter time frame seems better

I use 1D, 2 min, with extended hours on


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Depending on the asset that you are trading, multiple time frames are necessary when using many of the standard strategies. You can read more on how to choose time frames here


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I use the 1Day, 2min, 5min, 10min charts. I look at the 1 Day for overall price expectation. I then use the 10min for initiating a bullish trade once the 8EMA, crosses over the 20SMA, and a stochastic that is set to 12,3,3 is in the oversold condition. I look to the on the 2min and 5min for early warning, but usually only exit when the 8EMA on the 10min chart cross bellow the 20SMA with a candlestick close signaling the stochastic is in the oversold condition. All this with one caveat, if the price goes exuberantly above the 8EMA I look to close the position looking at the 5min chart for confirmation as I find price will come back and test the 8EMA.

This gets me in with a positive push to the upside on bullish trades most times and gives me a clean exit. I do just the opposite for bearish trades. I find this does not get all the highs and lows, but gets the cream out of the middle.


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