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Apr. 13, 20224 min read

What’s the BEST time of day to trade?

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Written by Tim Bohen

If you can’t trade full time because you have other obligations…then listen up…this is for you.

I get how tough part-time trading can be…

When I first started I had young kids and I owned my own business. I had to work hard to fit trading into my schedule. 

After struggling to balance all my commitments, I found one fast and easy way to get right to the best trades… 

Read on to find out what it is. Plus, I’ll share with you the best patterns to focus on, including one you might not have heard of yet… 

Get all five of my part-time trading tips in the video below!

If you trade part time, the best thing you can do is nail down which time of day works best for you. Because the time of day you can trade determines which patterns and setups you should focus on…

Morning Trades 

Trading near the market open has advantages and disadvantages.

On the plus side, there’s a ton of volume and volatility… 

You can take advantage of big moves as traders pile into stocks with breaking news released overnight or in premarket. 

But morning trading also comes with challenges…

The volume and volatility can create crazy price swings. It’s easy to get stopped out of a trade before a stock takes off. 

And if you’re trading with a 9-to-5 job, mornings can be difficult to trade. You may be busy getting ready for work, getting the kids off to school, or if you’re like me, you want to catch a morning workout.

If you can make morning trading work — that’s great. You can focus on some of my favorite patterns like…

And use the 9:45 a.m. or later rule to keep you safe from the most volatile swings right at the open. 

But I think the best opportunities for part-time traders are…  

Afternoon Trades

In the afternoon, the market isn’t as busy and volatile as the market open. I think that’s a good thing… 

It allows you to focus on executing your best trading plans without having to worry as much about getting shaken out by a big pullback. (It’s less likely but not impossible. Remember, all trading is risky.) 

And if you have a full-time job, your afternoons might be free, or at least a little less hectic. 

But if you want to trade in the afternoon you need to use different patterns than in the morning. One of my favorites is the VWAP-hold high-of-day break

But there’s another pattern I’ve noticed works lately. 

I suspect it has something to do with Wall Street bigwigs manipulating price action

And like my favorite VWAP hold pattern, it typically happens in the afternoon. 

If you trade part time — this setup is for you.

Look how it worked in Veru Inc. (NASDAQ: VERU) yesterday…

VERU chart: 1-day, 1-minute candle — courtesy of

Whether you trade full time or part time — or mornings or afternoons — the last thing you want to do with your limited trading time is waste it in subpar setups. 

So put in the work ahead of time and learn everything you need to know about my new afternoon pattern here

Everyone has the same 24-hours in a day — use it wisely

Have a great day, everyone. See you back here tomorrow.

Tim Bohen

Lead Trainer, StocksToTrade