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How many pips should a reasonable trader make a month?
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Financialarts

Biedrs kopš May 30, 2012  134 ieraksti Financialarts Feb 12 2013 at 18:47
How about you calculate the % your trade is likely to succeed, based on that % you level your lotsize.
Boom!?
?
no?

I am the change in the market that causes you to lose :p / Watch out before I negative pip you! ^^
wlk1

Biedrs kopš Oct 03, 2012  69 ieraksti wlk1 Feb 12 2013 at 19:41
I believe that you can only make as much as the market allows you to make. You can't force the market to give you a set amount of pips each month. Considering that the currency markets are cyclical / seasonal setting a monthly target is just setting yourself up for failure.

I.e. having 3 trading days left in the month, and only being half way to your target, you'll probably end up taking trades that aren't really there, and taking them way over leveraged.

The market will go up, failing which, it will go down.
funcky35

Biedrs kopš Jan 30, 2012  9 ieraksti funcky35 Feb 13 2013 at 06:37
I like this base, with 0.10 lot, you need $ 300 availabilty in the hope to earn 50 pips to 100 pips per week
as c is not a full-time job for majrité, or there is necessarily a week or two and you're going to vegetate, 100 pips per month, it is huge with a capital of $ 300 for 0.10 lot., therefore it is
  $ 300 pure lot 0.10
$ 3000 for 1 lot
30 0000 dollars for 10 lots
300 0000 dollars for 100 lots
3000 000 for 1000 batch
, Hopes to win it all for 100-200 pips per month .. I think you are pros from 10 lots, or 50 pips to gain 100 pips per week, 5000 to $ 10,000 a week ... I risk 17 % max my capital per trade for 50 pips expect to win every once a week ...

CrazyTrader

Biedrs kopš Nov 21, 2011  1701 ieraksti CrazyTrader (CrazyTrader) Feb 13 2013 at 10:04
A full time trader doesn't think about how many pips he has to make a month.
He defines how many pips he is ready to loose to get his target.
So, I'm still far away to be a pro... keep on working : )

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UncleSteve

Biedrs kopš Sep 23, 2013  45 ieraksti UncleSteve Jan 20 2014 at 19:00
an old thread on a tired subject... but I have found a different way to work and I'd be interested in opinions thereon...

the only time I look at points (IE 1/10th of a pip) is when setting my lot size.

1 - I establish where I think my SL should be based on the last place the price bounced in the trend's direction

2 - I use MT4's crosshair tool to measure the distance from there to my price

3 - I calculate ($ I'm willing to risk)/(distance in points) and round down to the nearest .01 lot for my lot size

4 - I set a trailing stop equal to (distance in points)

if my TS gets dragged to my entry price I have broken even and I don't look at it again.

Yes I could theoretically earn more if I could accurately figure out when the trend will reverse, but I can't.

This seems to mean my trades stay open for weeks but the amount of risk has already been determined, and once the TS has moved in the direction of the trade, the only risk is swap.

January is the first month I have stuck to this system and so far I have over 1000 pips profit, but that number means nothing to me. What does mean something is that all of my trailing stops are at least 4x the original SL distance beyond my entry price.

I have 5 open trades like this, and currently no open losing trades

=5x Risk to (5x4) reward

I have lost my risked amount on 3 trades

= 5x risk to ((5x4)-3) reward

= 5:17 RR

= 1:3.4 RR

So for month-to-date, I have to say I'm pleased with the results. Swap is eating about 20% of the profits, by the look of things.

So I'm not really interested in pips or points as a measure of success, because I'm measuring myself by risk:reward results and my lot size varies as a function of my risked amount. I set that as a % of my account size.

What do you guys think? I'm trying to decide what improvements I should make for February.

"Press On" has solved and will always solve, the problems of the Human Race
adrian8891

Biedrs kopš Jun 03, 2010  696 ieraksti Adrian Matusiak (adrian8891) Jan 21 2014 at 11:14 (labots Jan 21 2014 at 11:16 )
CrazyTrader posted:
A full time trader doesn't think about how many pips he has to make a month.
He defines how many pips he is ready to loose to get his target.
So, I'm still far away to be a pro... keep on working : )



T-R-U-E


For me , I don't even think how many I can 'win'. All depends on risk percentage and monthly profit in percentages.
Why?
If signal would be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very strong, then even I can get 2 pips, but enter on 99% of my balance :)

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sareen

Biedrs kopš Oct 25, 2012  49 ieraksti Curran (sareen) Jan 21 2014 at 19:50
How many PIPs should you get?
Depends on your goals
Depends on your risk percentage
Depends on your stop loss
Depends on whether you are a scalper, intra-day, swing, position, or incredibly long term trader

When you lose, don't lose the Lesson
CasholeLTD

Biedrs kopš Nov 23, 2013  24 ieraksti CasholeLTD Jan 21 2014 at 22:00
17,000

If you don't have time to trade, let us do it for you!
togr

Biedrs kopš Feb 22, 2011  3703 ieraksti vontogr (togr) Jan 23 2014 at 12:33
It is better to make profit,

thought making profit from making pips is more safe:)

I like what I trade, I trade what I like
forexci

Biedrs kopš Nov 20, 2013  7 ieraksti forexci Jan 27 2014 at 11:05
'I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe.' Terry Gilliam fancies yet another bash at making the Don Quixote film.

I mention it only because I too used to chase the key question down the rabbit-hole of subterranean trading: 'How many pips, oh god somebody please tell me how many... before the fat lady sings.'

Then I came to know that tradnig about the numbers, its about the approach i.e. it actually depends on the style of your trading, the, as it were, cut of your gib.

Market keeps going up and down. Or, to quote Don Quixote (no, really), '...he who's down one day can be up the next, unless he really wants to stay in bed, that is...'

If a trader follows 5-minute time-frame, he might get 2 Buy opportunities and 1 Sell opportunity on a single currency pair in a day. A trader who follows 15M time frame, he might get only 1 trade on that currency pair on the same day. On the other hand, things might not work at all for those who follow 4HR time frame on that day.

Needless to say that the bigger time frame is used by a trader, the more chance he gets to be consistent in terms of making money. Is that true? Dunno. I don't have the time for intraday trading or the patience for position trading. Swing trading suits me fine.

'Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.' - Don Quixote

...yeah, read the book instead.

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