Manage YourTrade Risk and Profit Exits
Take these 2 exits and go find a stock chart that this will work with. This method will help you narrow down your candidates and increase your probability for successful trading.
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A good rule of thumb in trading stocks and options is to only risk 2-3% of your trading account value on any 1 trade and no more than 5% per day. Then you can multiply that by your ratio to find what profit target you are seeking once you have arrived at your risk capital amount.
One of the preview clips is about safety and to locate the nearest exit when you go to the movie theater to enjoy the Big Screen. Another good plan. It is always a good plan to know your exits no matter what.
When you get on an airplane, just as the plane taxis down the runway, the stewardess or steward shows you how to comply with the safety rules. One of the rules is to locate the nearest exit which is not a bad idea in case it could save your life.
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When you go to the movie theater to enjoy the Big Screen, one of the preview clips is about safety and to locate the nearest exit. Another good plan. It is always a good plan to know your exits no matter what.
If a specific trade has enough probability to meet your plan, knowing your risk and profit exits will help you determine.
Now the task is to determine and find a trade how many shares or option contracts you can trade to fit your risk to reward (profit) ratio. This is known as position sizing.
Total trading account is $10,000.
Risk per trade is $200-$ 300 (2-3%).
Risk per day is $500 (5%).
Profit Target for a 1:3 ratio would be risk $250 to profit $750.
Since trading (the act of buying and selling) is a business( or it should be), whether you are trading baseball cards, real estate or in the various financial markets, you should always have a plan for at least 2 exits; one when you reach your profit target and one when you reach the risk you have predetermined.
Different trading business ventures call for different risk to reward (profit) ratios.
In stocks, it could be 1:2
In options, it could be 1:3
In baseball cards it could be 1:1
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