Day trading is not near as easy as it sounds, and requires extensive knowledge of market and trading strategy to produce successful numbers. The ideal conditions for day trading is to have a well-funded account and a substantial amount of experience in riding the intraday waves. The financial hurdle is obviously that not everyone can afford to drop $25,000 or more to fund a trading account to get access to unlimited day trades.
Beat the System
Suretrader is your best option when it comes to beating the Pattern Day Trading rule, and is one of the best brokers available to traders for a number of reasons. One primarily being that the Pattern Day Trader rule doesn’t apply to any account on SureTrader. The reason being that SureTrader is not located in the United States, and therefore is not subject to the same trading regulations. SureTrader is owned by Swiss America Securities, which is actually based in the Bahamas, and therefore has no PDT rule. You can make as many day trades as you want with as little as $500 in your account, they have cheap commissions, and you even get extra buying power with 6:1 leverage.
Another huge pro with SureTrader is the shares they have available to borrow for shorting stocks. They have the largest short list of any broker with 10,000+ stocks which include penny stocks.
Option 2: Rolling 5 Option
This is a good option simply because it forces you to be more selective in your choices for the securities that you trade. As a result, you may see a number of mediocre set-ups one day, but you’re more likely to pass on them to wait for more optimal set-ups since your day trades are limited.
Option 3: Multiple Brokerage Accounts
Let’s just say you have only $5,000 to trade, and you are convinced day trading is the way to go. You could open two different accounts with different brokers and split the funding between them. As a result, you will essentially be able to execute 6 day trades within a rolling 5 day period (but with only 2x buying power), which should be more than enough for novice traders.
Option 4: Split Brokerage Account Wash
This option involves the same set up as above, but is recommended for advanced traders only. If you like the idea of essentially having unlimited ability to day trade with a sub-25K account, aside from Option 1, this method should appeal to you.
Step 1 is to take a long trade of 5000 shares in ABC Company with broker #1. When the time comes to “close the position,” short ABC Company 5000 shares with broker #2, effectively making you flat between the two. Close each position the next day, without using any of your precious 3 day trades.
Use caution, with this option you will incur some extra costs due to having 4 orders eligible for commission instead of 2, and possibly even a little slippage depending on the width of the ask/bid spread on the security you are trading.
If you have any ways that you avoid the Pattern Day Trading rule that I didn’t mention above, please feel free to comment. If you learned something knew, share it.