What is Passive Trading?

Passive trading is quite laid back, as its name suggests. Therefore, investors are not need to keep a frantic (or even calmly constant) eye on the stock market and news that has an impact on it. For the purpose of generating profits for the investor, passive trading seeks to follow the expansion of the stock market itself.

Active traders might be compared to unconventional filmmakers that create unique movies and television shows. Eventually they might break all previous records and turn into the most watched and talked-about thing. An analogy to cookie-cutter directors who follow trends in viewing and popular story concepts and structures would be passive traders. As a consequence, it is quite likely that they will create material that breaks all records for popularity and viewing, but by taking the safe route and staying on trend, they can be certain that their content will find an audience. Additionally, they have a simpler job than their colleagues who decide to be unconventional directors.

As is the case with passive traders; they frequently follow an index of the stock market (more on that in a moment), and while it may not be possible for them to outperform the market, they can at least anticipate low risk and some predictable increase in their investment. Because the trader does not need to be constantly monitoring news and stock prices, this style of investing is simpler.

What is passive trading?

In passive trading, securities are bought and held for a long time in order to capitalize on long-term growth and the fact that volatility tends to level off over time.
A passive trader may decide to follow an index, such as the Nifty 50, where he:

1. Buys shares of companies at the same rate at which they appear on the relevant index.
2. Buys exchange traded funds, which are pre-made investments that follow a specific index.

As an alternative, a passive trader can simply conduct research, select a solid stock to buy (based on his analysis of the company's financials), and hold the stock for more than a year, occasionally for several years at a time. Depending on who you speak to, passive investment may be described as a bridge between day trading and long-term investing. Some compare it to investing over the long run. We'll follow the latter and consider passive investing as a medium- to long-term investing strategy.

The purpose and substance of passive trading are based on the following fundamental principles.

1. Less action results in lower fees, commissions, and brokerage. All of these deduct from your earnings or increase losses, thus eliminating them might result in increased earnings.
2. Less technical knowledge is needed to develop strategies and generate educated predictions using technical analysis.
3. Less engagement in constantly monitoring stock prices and news to make trades. Passive trading can be done while maintaining your day job without sacrificing either.
How it works

A trader may purchase a stock, establish a target price and limit order, and then completely disregard it. They receive their earnings whenever the target price is attained. A better option could be to monitor the price of the particular stock and the market as frequently as your employment and other obligations let you to, and sell when the price is high.
If traders want to remain passive investors, they must exercise some due diligence while selecting equities. To determine a company's long-term health and profitability prospects, they should examine its financials. They might also choose to choose equities trading "at a discount" by using Warren Buffet's preferred idea, the price-to-earnings ratio, or PE ratio.
Upside and downside of passive trading

Positive: Lower investment costs

The trader saves money by just purchasing and holding equities rather than engaging in many trades. His cost of investment is reduced as a result, which raises the possibility of higher profitability.

Positive: Less risk.

Since most index-listed companies can be expected to deliver growth over the long term, even if stock prices exhibit volatility in the short term, a trader lowers his risk by investing in stocks that are listed on an index or by making investments after conducting extensive research on the company's financial health and growth potential.

Negative: Less likely to outperform the market.

You cannot produce alpha, or a degree of profitability that outperforms the market, if you are not keeping an eye on the market and not taking advantage of dips and surges, especially if you are monitoring indices. This is also true if you merely buy and hold companies based only on your own research. Despite this, there is a probability that you will make money at a similar rate as the market or the tracked index.

Negative: Liquidity loss

His capital is tied in while the trader waits for modest and steady growth. The trader will want to hang onto his investment until the goal price is attained if the stock price has not reached its target price – or has decreased – in the interim.


Any form of trading, whether active or passive, has some risk. Only be aware of your risk tolerance before making an investment.
Safe investment entails putting a stop loss in place at all times, investing with money that is left over after setting away enough for your habitual lifestyle, performing adequate research, and refraining from making decisions out of emotion such as fear or greed. Additionally, risk must be reduced by portfolio diversification and what you're really doing: educating yourself.


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Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown. In fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program. The displayed results are a combination of real live results and hypothetical trading results.

One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

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