The whole premise of an active day trader involves carefully gauging the value of something and making a profit when your estimation is correct. One of the perks of being an active trader is making money when the market goes up or even down. You can also make money with day trading when there is a financial crisis or economy is in a recession. Either way, there are a lot of perks when it comes to assuming a position as an active trader.
Since the financial system has exploded over the years, there are more investment options including futures, stocks, and even forex options.