kc8yty posted: Just curious to see how others manage their risk and position size
Do you trade a fixed Lot size of lets say three lots and then determine if the trade setup is within your risk % parameter? If not, you don't take the trade.
Or do you trade with a fixed risk percentage and adjust your lot size accordingly and take every trade thrown at you?
I have strict rules I follow: They are in categories based on how powerful I believe the trend will be.
Weak/ sideways ranging markets (quick pop/drop and that's it) I will have several positions open for only 0.01 lots over 10 pairs. then when I see one pair that stands out and have NEVER gone back to negative in the past hour during premarket, when the market opens I increase position size to 5-10 lots, then close the trade within the first 10 minutes. This can make me a quick $800 to $1,000 in 20 pips.
On a moderately strong or mildly probable trade, I will pick up 0.1 to 0.2 lots and then watch to see if my timing was correct. If it is I will increase to 0.8 to 1 lot.
High probability/ strong trend These I will get in around 0.1 lot and then when it hits 5 pips to 7 pips I will increase to 1 lot and then if it hits 10 pips I go in 2.5 lots total. Get out at 20 pips minimal. I have held all the way to 300 pips before... then held as if fell all the way back to 157 pips and closed the trade. That's a $15,000 profit. I average between $1,400 to $1,600 profit per trade.
As far as I concerned, position size should be directly depended on your risk management strategy. Every trader knows how is it important to have a proper risk manegement strategy and some traders wonder why the strategy can be variable. I know that novices think that risk management strategy is stable and everybody uses it. However, the vast majority of traders create their own risk management strategy according to their needs in trading activity, their deposit and other vital things. Hence, I believe that if you're unsure how much money yu can invest in a certain deal, then you should think about risk management. Decide which amount of money you an afford yourself to lose.
Major Forex crosses, minor pairs as well as the most popular cryptocurrency pair. From this place traders calculate risk percentage ($ 4, $ 20, $ 50) etc. Professional traders do not risk more than 2% of their investment. And this is their position and risk calculation.
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