I am convinced that successful scalping, while possibly profitable with a quick trigger finger and minimal technical skill, is predicated upon the development of solid chart analysis and a healthy dose of mental discipline.
Trading is exhausting and stressful, especially in this environment. Utilizing a poor understanding of the market to execute your trades will deplete your mental stamina quickly, perhaps faster than your competition’s. Without a clear, clean, crisp mental image of the market, you will find yourself wasting precious processing power on tasks that others, better disciplined, can execute more efficiently and thus more effectively.
In the short amount of time that makes up a scalp, instances of waste or conservation can make the difference between a gain and a loss. Practice with chart analysis will increase your efficiency and make you more competitive. Learning to watch your “mental” stamina will get you in the game when you’re at your best and get you out when your accuracy starts to fade.
And, yes, I did fairly well today =D I’m happy and so is the owner of the fund I manage.