Buddy; where is your example? In this thread? Or you already have a thread on this topic?
EXAMPLE OF BASKET TRADING:
In my opinion, if you have a trade that is moving -50 pips against your account you should reconsider ways to increase your accuracy for entry. Also, if you are trading 0.1 lot sizes, why not open with a smaller trade size and then step into your basket as the profitability of your trade increases every few pips. By doing it that way, you have a low initial market exposure in case it is moving against your basket, and then as it starts to come back towards your previously calculated entry point, you can start stepping additional trades into your basket until you reach the aggregate lot value of 0.1 in your basket.
Currently you are entering like this:
EUR_USD BUY 0.1 @ 1.00000 (entry as indicated by your strategy)
Where as if you did it this way:
EUR_USD BUY 0.01 @ 1.0000 (entry as indicated by your strategy, but with a much small initial lot size)
Then once it moves towards the profitable direction create a new trade every few pips, using the previous ticket profit for coverage taking into account the spread value as well.
So instead of:
EUR_USD BUY 0.1 @ 1.0000
You would might have
EUR_USD BUY 0.01 @ 1.0000 *total of 0.01 in basket
EUR_USD BUY 0.02 @ 1.0010 *total of 0.03 in basket
EUR_USD BUY 0.03 @ 1.0020 *total of 0.06 in basket
EUR_USD BUY 0.04 @ 1.0030 *total of 0.10 in basket (This is your previously used trade size, but with much reduced risk)
This way, your entries are all created in the direction of movement (short term trend), while providing better risk management than opening a larger trade all at once.
You could also set the previous ticket SL to break even on each ticket as your next ticket is triggered for entry, this too provides an overall guarantee of asset protection against your account because your SL on each ticket has a break even guarantee stoploss level.
Then once your last ticket (0.04) has moved into profit, move ALL the SL on that set of tickets to the break even price level of the 0.04 ticket plus a couple of extra pips to cover any additional swap or commissions or whatever you might encounter.
Without proper risk management, your investment capital isn't protected against loss.
Also, if you do close out your initial 0.01 entry ticket at a loss, it's not that big of a deal because it's 1/10th the size of your normal entry trade size of 0.10
It is ALWAYS better to take a small loss instead of a LARGE ONE.
Risk management should ALWAYS be the number one priority for any investor.
Of course this is all just my own personal opinion and is just how I personally trade.
It's one of several methods that I use to provide stronger risk management while also providing for a lower initial market exposure on entry for each trade, and it provides a guaranteed coverage for each additional trade opened, using the previous trades profit levels for each additional trade I step into my order basket.
Using the above example, the trader is trading with a total of 0.10 lots, they had a concern that when the trade was -50 pips that the loss was large enough to be concerned about it.
Using a step in, basket trading method, we reduce the overall initial exposure to the markets by 90%, then as each successive ticket is generated, it is using the previously opened ticket for coverage due to having a profitability on those previous tickets which has been locked in via the stoploss and breakeven analysis for each of those tickets.
Once the initial ticket has been opened and has triggered the breakeven level stoploss plus a pip or so to cover commissions and spread, there is no longer any need to worry about that ticket, so we enter the next step in order into the basket, keep doing those over again until you have total of 4 tickets in your basket, using the aggregate value of those tickets to determine your profit of the basket.
Which part is unclear? Please ask specific questions and I will give specific answers.
If it looks too good to be true, it's probably a scam! Let the buyer beware.