Stocks & Commodities V. 24:6 (71): Q&A by Don Bright

Stocks & Commodities V. 24:6 (71): Q&A by Don Bright
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Stocks & Commodities V. 24:6 (71): Q&A by Don Bright


Confused about some aspect of trading? Professional trader Don Bright of Bright Trading (, an equity trading corporation, answers a few of your questions. To submit a question, post your question to our website at Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C.


Q: I have read some of your articles where you refer to “professional” trading, and wonder what that actually means. In addition, what is the reason for allowing your traders to use a million dollars of your firm’s capital to trade with? Isn’t that awfully risky, like too much margin?—dtcryer82

A: Good questions! I haven’t written here about “professional” trading in a while, so here goes. When referring to professional trading I mean professional versus “retail” trading, not versus “amateur” trading. Since around 1998 or so it’s been a requirement that all traders have licenses (at least a Series 7), or else they are stuck trading with a retail brokerage. The inherent restrictions on retail traders make it virtually impossible for most traders to make money. The main restrictions affect a trader’s use of capital and market access, which leads into your other question.

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