Kunal Desai — Momentum based day trading strategies

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Smarter Trading Podcast Episode 16

Our guest today is Kunal Desai. Kunal is an American stock trader and CEO of Bulls on Wall Street, an online trading academy. He began trading in 1999 and has spent most of career perfecting momentum based day-trading strategies.

In this episode we talk all about what it takes to day trade stocks. Kunal shares lessons he learned from his early days, the importance of finding mentors, and why being accountable is a winning trait for a trader.

He then dives into his trading philosophy, stressing the importance of combining fundamental catalysts with technicals, and how he prefers to focus on the macro health of the market for his swing trading.

During the last 20 minutes we switch gears and dive into cryptocurrency where Kunal shares tips and strategies for trading digital assets.

Kunal brings a lot of energy and positivity to this episode and If you’re an active, tactical trader, this one’s for you.

Please enjoy this episode with Kunal Desai.

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Key learning points & timestamps

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 2:40 Being a humble trader and having fun trading
  • 5:15 Trading knowledge, putting in the screen time, & mentors
  • 10:00 Creating accountability with your trading
  • 13:20 Kunal’s trading approach: trends, catalysts, and macro plays 
  • 16:55 Swing trading philosophy using market internals
  • 20:45 Day trading strategies and philosophies
  • 23:10 The importance of trading with a catalyst
  • 31:40 controlling emotions and the self-talk as a day trader
  • 37:50 Looking at your PNL throughout the day 
  • 40:25 Looking for range in stocks and the dangers of small caps
  • 49:15 Trading cryptocurrency opportunities, risks, time-frames
  • 55:30 Diversification is overrated & stop paying so much attention to the Fed

Highlight clip: Combining fundamental catalysts with technical patterns

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Evan Medeiros

Evan is the founder of the Trade Risk. With 25 years of coding experience and a B.S. in computer science, Evan brings a systematic discipline to investing in the stock market.

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