For most people, the answer is…. BOTH! It all depends on a few equally important factors. What are your financial goals? What level of risk you are comfortable with? What level of trainIng you have obtained? A good trader will diversify their holdings between both short term and long term profits.  A trader may decide that they want to trade for short term profit in an opportunity that presents itselt through their research while they invest for long term profit in another project. Most people can, and should, benefit from both trading and investing. These activities are means to an end, so they can both be used to achieve success towards different types of goals.