"What's the difference between a trader and an investor?"

Discussion in 'Trading' started by -ooO-(GoldTrade, May 18, 2003.

  1. Speculating vs. Investing

    I consider myself a serious trader. I was having a discussion with a friend of mine who calls himself an 'Investor'. So I asked him,

    "What's the difference between a trader and an investor?" He replied,

    "I don't know,
    let me think about it for a while . . .”
  2. Pabst


    A trade is when you take a small winner.
    An investment is when a trade turns into a huge loser.:)
  3. omcate


    Traders trade; investors invest. Traders need to take profits regularly(if there is any); investor may buy and hold a security for decades. Traders know how to earn money by shorting; Investors usually only play the long side.

    :p :p :p
    :D :D :D
  4. fat_slut

    fat_slut Guest

    traders are guys who trade short term and have an edge
    investors can start out by being shitty traders, like many of you on these forums, getting into a bad trade, holding it too long and taking too much risk, because dammit, they have to be right.......
    thats why we love retail pikers- amatuer hour is great.....
  5. nitro


    There is only one definition that makes sense to me:

    An investor has his money "work" for him. A trader works for his money.

    This is not trying to be cute. IMHO, this "definition" is the ESSENCE of the difference. Note that I do not quote the second work.

  6. Simple. A Trader would have given you an immediate answer. An Investor has to "think about it for a while".
  7. A trader can deduct all his losses from his profits, an investor cannot.
  8. Very nice!

    Good Trade!

  9. Good stuff..may I borrow that from time to time? A very good analysis.
  10. nitro



    #10     May 18, 2003