Stops

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Let’s talk about stop losses and how to set them. In a previous article I said that the only thing we have any control over in trading is how much money we are prepared to lose. The way we manage this risk is by using a stop loss. The name says it all – its purpose is to stop your losses at a pre-determined point. You may have heard the expression ‘cut your losses short and let your profits run’. A stop loss is the way we cut our losses short. However it is one of the hardest things psychologically



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Position Sizing

stop this with good money management

Please also see the discussion on Stops This is one of the areas that almost killed my trading account. In addition to trading without a stop loss, I was trading position sizes that were far too big for my account. This was great if a trade was moving in my direction but if you add in leverage, the losses were magnified as well and I could easily have been wiped out. No one ever told me how to determine how much I should buy – certainly I was never told anything other than this kind of consideration “make sure you



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Louise Bedford Books

trading results in great profits if you have a plan

To buy click on cover. Click link below for Trading Secrets at The Book Depository Book Depository Link     When I had been trading for around 6 months, I was starting to become frustrated because both companies I had purchased trading education from were throwing me fish rather than teaching me to fish for myself. I started my trading doing covered calls which work quite well for producing income every month but they really only work well in a market that is going up in value. I found myself holding shares that had reduced significantly in value that I



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Volatility

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Investopedia has an article here but it doesn’t seem terribly helpful to me. Here is a document I wrote when I was trying to come to grips with it and also what my software was showing me. Volatility I have been on something of a crusade to understand volatility and how it is calculated in my charting packages Optuma and Beyond Charts Plus. First Historical Volatility. This is the standard deviation of the % change in price for a specified period (sometimes called the Interday return). There are a few different ways this can be calculated. In Microsoft Excel, it



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Risk of Ruin

risk of ruin

Interesting! Just looking at some searches around trading and incredibly (to me at least) there does not seem to be much interest around the absolute most important issues in trading – Risk and the Risk-of-ruin. I’d like to feign surprise but there is a reason most people lose money trading. More on this at a later date. Originally posted 2017-06-28 18:36:59.



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