Trade Exit - How To Cut Losses And Let Profits Run
Cut your losses short and let your profits run. This is the
essence of your trade exit rules.
Cutting losses short
A protective stop protects your trading capital, it is your
initial trade risk. Before a trade is even entered your should
know where your protective stop will be - this is your maximum
loss (barring any slippage on the exit). There are many different
ways to determine a protective stop on a trade:
Set dollar amount - Say $500 on every trade
Percentage retracement - Say 10% from the entry price
Volatility - A percentage of the average true range of the
previous x bars
Moving Averages - the opposite of the moving average entry
Channel breakouts - the opposite of the channel breakout
Based on areas of support and resistance stops
Time - If a position is not in profit after a certain length
of time then it is exited.
Letting profits run
An effective exit technique is also required to allow a
successful trade to make the most profit possible and give back
the least amount of it.
Usually a trailing stop is employed to achieve this objective.
A trailing stop moves to lock in profits as the trade moves in
the traders favour, it should never be moved backwards. There are
many different ways to calculate a trailing stop:
Volatility - the stop is calculated as a percentage of the
average true range of x periods.
Dollar - A set amount determined before the trade is
channel breakout - exit a long position at the low of the last
chart patterns - ie move the trailing stop behind each
consolidation as it forms.
Other forms of exit are:
Time Stops - A trade is exited after a certain length of time
no mater what. A day trader, for example, will always exit at the
Targets - A limit order is placed to exit a position at a
pre-defined profit objective. However this tends to break the
rule of letting profits run and usually reduces the profitability
of a system by cutting short the best trades.
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Money Management, Part
FEARING LOSSESThere is a huge difference between being risk
averse and fearing losses. You must hate to lose.
Internet and Computer
Systems in the FOREX Business
With every passing year the interest in electronic trading
is bigger, more especially trading shares and currency
through Internet. A new profession came forward - this of
the currency dealer.
If you are reading this article you are probably one of the
many people who have spent countless hours searching for
unique ways to make money on the internet. Very few people
have gone on to succeed and most have failed miserably time
and time again.
Be a Smarter FOREX
Currency Trader: Three Basic Principles
Below I will describe three basic principles that may come
in handy for currency traders. They are very easy to
implement and potentially take advantage of as you will
Commodity Trading -
Advantages and Disadvantages
What Is Commodity Trading? Commodity futures markets allow
commercial producers and commercial consumers to offset the
risk of adverse future price movements in the commodities
that they are selling or buying. In order to work a futures
contract must be standardized.
An Evaluation of the
A Minister of Finance is morally right to lie about a
forthcoming devaluation and a woman has the right to lie
about her age. This is the common wisdom.
Two Timeless Rules in
RULE #1) ~ Cut your losers; let your winners ride. One
important thing that every new trader must know before
entering this highly profitable business is that life is
not perfect, even in FOREX land, and you should always know
one fact: YOU WILL HAVE LOSING TRADES.
Money Management, Part
There are some common mistakes I've seen traders make in
the area of money management. First, let's understand what
money management is all about.
Facts of Day
Are you thinking of entering the fast-paced world of day
trading? Arm yourselves with the information from this fact
sheet on day trading.What is day trading?Day trading is an
investment tactic that does online daily stock trading with
a relatively short investment.
How To Handle A String Of
Everybody hates to lose and unfortunately no one is blessed
with the ability of foresight, therefore losses are an
unavoidable part of trading. When we enter a trade we will
either be right, or wrong, and even if we broke-even we'd
still be classed as being wrong - as nobody enters into a
trade just to break-even! When unsuccessful traders
encounter a string of losses they begin to engage in
self-destructive patterns that help them escape the pain
they are experiencing.
Why Demo Account
Performance Is Often Better Than Real Account
Over the past several years, the popularity of online
currency trading has grown substantially. Each day, online
FX brokerage firms attract new investors - each of them
lining up with a glint in their eye, lured in by promises
of easy money.
Adaptation to the
Realities of the Market
Do you think adaptation to the realities of the market is
the most important thing?Many times in the past I've
written about the need to adapt, the need to be able to
change your behavior relative to the market because the
markets are ever changing. I've stated that mechanical
systems may be workable, but for only a short time relative
to the life of markets.
The Forex Market-What, When and Why?Forex, FX and the Forex
market are some common abbreviations for the Foreign
Exchange market. Actually it is the largest financial
market in the world, where money is sold and bought freely.
"FX" is an abbreviation of "forex" or "foreign exchange."
Foreign exchange is the largest and most liquid market in
the world trading approximately $2 trillion every day
(that's over 30 times the daily volume of NASDAQ and NYSE
Day Trading the Index
Futures - How to Judge Good Entries
QUESTION: If the SP futures fall through support and go
straight down for another two points, and I want to get
short, should I a.) enter immediately, b.
Online Stock Trading:
Freedom of Trade
I remember the first time I started to trade online. It was
just before the tech bubble of the late 1990's and the
internet was still something new for most people.
Ways to Acquire
Discipline in Trading
One way to acquire discipline in trading..
Forex Trading -
Advantages and Disadvantages
What is Forex Trading? Forex, or Foreign Exchange, is the
simultaneous exchange of one country's currency for that of
another. This market of exchange has more daily volume,
both buyers and sellers, than any other in the world.
Trading Tips No 1: Learn
How to Trade The Moment of Truth
So you have learned how to trade the markets by mastering a
few trading tools like Moving Averages, Channels,
Stochastics, MACD, or RSI - that is a great accomplishment
achieved by only a few. However, having the tools and rules
to trade markets successfully, year in and year out, is
only half of the challenge.
If you want to be a successful trader, you must make sure
you do not deny reality in any phase of your trading. You
cannot deny losses, price direction, mistakes you make,
being undercapitalized, or a whole host of things you would
rather not think about.
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