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It was at the center of a recent multiple homicide. It'sreceiving close scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and ExchangeCommission (). It's made millions for some, lost fortunesfor others. Yet continues to entice Americans--and,yes, even entrepreneurs who may be juggling online trading withrunning their businesses--to take a chance with their personalfinances.

"There's a blurred distinction of what a day trader is,depending on whom you talk to," explains the SEC's JohnNester. According to the SEC, those individuals who invest onlineare dubbed "day traders light"--they execute a lot oftrades but don't have real-time access to the marketinformation that traditional, offline day traders do. Why thedistinction? Because if you can't in real time, youdon't know the most current prices and changes--and thatamplifies the of buying and selling. Still, these risks oftrading online aren't stopping day traders light from choosingthe Internet as their investment medium.

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