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A position trader can be compared to a squatter who sets up a tent in the middle of a crowded shopping mall, letting people pass by and stare but remaining relatively untouched by them until the authorities come in to shoo him off.

Since position trading involves staying in one position for more than a day, unfavorable market conditions rarely faze traders who use this trading strategy, unless they continue for more than a couple of days. Of course there are risks involved with staying in one position for so long, but the risks are less than those experienced by day-traders, who have to enter and leave the market many times in a day, leaving too much opportunity for mistakes. One disadvantage to position trading is that any changes that occur overnight or after hours can result in a serious financial loss. However, because of the constant fluctuation in currency values, the same magnitude of value change can occur in the other direction as well, allowing the trader to realize a higher profit during hours when most day-traders are asleep.