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.
jonathandaniel posted: No, there is never a specific setting that I use while trading. It varies from trade to trade and currency to currency. But yes, the risk is never more than 5% of my total trading capital.