Forex Scalping can also be called a quick trading. It is a method where traders allow their positions to last only for a matter of seconds, to a full minute and rarely longer than that.
(As a rule if a trader holds to a position for more than a minute or two it is considered no longer a scalping, but rather a regular trading.)
The purpose of scalping is making small profits while exposing a trading account to a very limited risk, which is due to a quick open/close trading mode.
There wouldn’t be any point in scalping for many traders if they weren’t offered to trade with highly leveraged accounts. Only ability to operate with large funds of, actually, still virtual money, empowers traders to profit from even a 2-3 pip move.
How do they do it? Suppose a scalper opens a trading position of 100 000 units with EUR/USD. For each pip he will now earn $10… Closing in with only a 3 pip profit brings it up to $30 — not bad for less than a minute of work.
Now, you would probably ask what Forex brokers think about it, because if a scalper constantly wins, the broker would obviously sustain some losses.
That is why the other popular discussion topic is always at scalpers’ attention: What Forex broker would allow you to scalp the market?
Obviously, dealing desk brokers would not agree with scalpers’ trading style and most likely will ask a trader to change his/her trading habits or to find another broker. But, even if a scalper stays in, there is another method to slow scalper's performance down and it is to set delays between an initiation of the order and its actual filling. The reason behind it is that dealing desk brokers need time to countertrade/process each order to prevent own losses in case a trader closes in profit.
The broker that will not object to scalping is the one that has the best trades processing automated platform. Using straight through processing there is no intervention between a trader and a market maker — the software is taking care of the whole business process. So, it’s more likely a broker with a “slow” business processing platform would object to scalper’s trading style.
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