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What trade size and leverage to use in forex?

Kylealker87
Jan 29 2021 at 08:28
34 Posts
inspirenez posted:
First make a strong trading plan, of which leverage should not be a part. If you can’t make profits without leverage then you shouldn’t be trading at all.

I believe leverage is used so that the percentage of profits increases, it does not mean that one does not know how to trade.

irkedduff
Jan 29 2021 at 11:01
26 Posts
Kylealker87 posted:
inspirenez posted:
First make a strong trading plan, of which leverage should not be a part. If you can’t make profits without leverage then you shouldn’t be trading at all.

I believe leverage is used so that the percentage of profits increases, it does not mean that one does not know how to trade.

I sort of agree with you, leverage is required, but just should be used very carefully, after acquiring some experience.

Christian Paul (8christianpaul8)
Jan 29 2021 at 12:01
112 Posts
What are you guys talking about? Leverage allows you to make the margin bigger. If you follow proper position sizing, you would have the exact same amount of risk every single trade. You only need 2 things: capital amount you are willing to risk and total pips from entry to stoploss. Using those two, you can get the correct lot size. Whatever happens to the trade, you will lose the exact same amount of capital regardless of what leverage you have on the account. Leverage matters only when you have a lot of trades open as it will allow you to open more due to bigger margin.

Trading is a marathon, not a sprint.
Christian Paul (8christianpaul8)
Jan 29 2021 at 12:03
112 Posts
If you follow correct position sizing and risking 1 to 2% of your capital every single trade, leverage is not needed on this equation.

Trading is a marathon, not a sprint.
christielowe
Feb 01 2021 at 05:48
35 Posts
irkedduff posted:
Kylealker87 posted:
inspirenez posted:
First make a strong trading plan, of which leverage should not be a part. If you can’t make profits without leverage then you shouldn’t be trading at all.

I believe leverage is used so that the percentage of profits increases, it does not mean that one does not know how to trade.

I sort of agree with you, leverage is required, but just should be used very carefully, after acquiring some experience.

Yes. Leverage can be a very dangerous tool in a trader’s kit. Experience is necessary to know how to use it profitably and not turn it into a money-losing mechanism. I started trading with xm and icm first without any leverage. Only after I started making some profits, few dollars on first 1000k, I started using leverage. As of today I am using leverage with all of my brokers: ig, forex.com etc. However I still trade using only micro lots.

Mikehussey
Feb 01 2021 at 08:22
58 Posts
Practice enough on a demo account first.

Numeromatt
Feb 02 2021 at 09:53
38 Posts
Mikehussey posted:
Practice enough on a demo account first.

Yes, there’s no other way of finding out how you should be trading. A demo account will tell you if your strategy is right, or if you need to make any changes.

Collingwood112
Feb 02 2021 at 13:25
22 Posts
Start with a micro account. It’s the next logical step after demo trading.

tracepharikson55
Feb 03 2021 at 06:32
21 Posts
@Collingwood112 Even I started with a demo account of plus500 and then when I went live with fxview, I invested $100 and made my first trade. Eventually I raised my capital amount and it’s been all good.

asidefellow
Feb 03 2021 at 10:14
37 Posts
You can trade whichever lot you want, just remember to keep leverage at bay. That way you will keep yourself safe in the long run.

fafduplesis
Feb 03 2021 at 12:28
25 Posts
asidefellow posted:
You can trade whichever lot you want, just remember to keep leverage at bay. That way you will keep yourself safe in the long run.

Care to explain how?

asidefellow
Feb 04 2021 at 11:18
37 Posts
@Fafduplesis It's simple really. When you suffer a loss while using high leverge, the loss in the trade would be totalled according to the leverage ratio. If the leverage is very high the trader would take high risk. For example a trader took 50 times the real leverage on his 10,000 dollars capital, the trader would short/long 5 lots of the currency.

inspirenez
Feb 05 2021 at 04:55
59 Posts
Leverages can be a great tool but then with the good things comes the risk; which is substantially high. If you win the trade you reap good profits.

Maitlandniles
Feb 05 2021 at 06:37
19 Posts
The leverages and trade size can also be calculated through trade calculators. I have been using Fxview's Fibonacci retracements from the charts through the extreme points. This helps me verify strategies which I can then also apply to my Instaforex account to find the retractments. Fibonacci retracements is bomb!

Fabiandelph842
Feb 05 2021 at 10:49
24 Posts
Leverages and trade size should be decided on the confidence and real risk taking capacity.

Collingwood112
Feb 05 2021 at 13:10
22 Posts
I think before going to the standard lot directly, a trader should trade micro lots. This will give him a real experience because in demo, the emotional response is quite different from the real one subconsciously.

asidefellow
Feb 06 2021 at 11:13
37 Posts
tracepharikson55 posted:
@Collingwood112 Even I started with a demo account of plus500 and then when I went live with fxview, I invested $100 and made my first trade. Eventually I raised my capital amount and it’s been all good.

I also benefited from the demo account. Got a good idea of how the price action develops and the inherent risks of leverage along with the idea of correlations between the currency pairs, also how market hours and assets change the volatility.

tacosgild
Feb 06 2021 at 12:15
18 Posts
asidefellow posted:
tracepharikson55 posted:
@Collingwood112 Even I started with a demo account of plus500 and then when I went live with fxview, I invested $100 and made my first trade. Eventually I raised my capital amount and it’s been all good.

I also benefited from the demo account. Got a good idea of how the price action develops and the inherent risks of leverage along with the idea of correlations between the currency pairs, also how market hours and assets change the volatility.

Let’s not forget the chart figures and support and resistance lines. I made a demo account with FXview and Pepperstone and understood in detail how to configure different charts for technical analysis and the margin used depending on the leverage.

marnuslabushane
Feb 08 2021 at 09:54
40 Posts
tacosgild posted:
asidefellow posted:
tracepharikson55 posted:
@Collingwood112 Even I started with a demo account of plus500 and then when I went live with fxview, I invested $100 and made my first trade. Eventually I raised my capital amount and it’s been all good.

I also benefited from the demo account. Got a good idea of how the price action develops and the inherent risks of leverage along with the idea of correlations between the currency pairs, also how market hours and assets change the volatility.

Let’s not forget the chart figures and support and resistance lines. I made a demo account with FXview and Pepperstone and understood in detail how to configure different charts for technical analysis and the margin used depending on the leverage.

I am about to open a live account and have been wondering if I can make some money out of it.

Numeromatt
Feb 08 2021 at 12:03
38 Posts
Same type of money you will not make as you did in the demo. Demo account I believe works to offer you live quotes and a virtual portfolio to learn from the real market conditions.

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