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  1. How to reduce eroding Forex slippages? Slippage is more likely to occur in times of higher volatility (perhaps due to market events) and it makes a market order at a specific price impossible to execute. Such times are when large orders are executed, when market orders are used and when there is not enough interest at the desired price level to keep the expected trade price. Slippage is neither negative or positive movements, it is simply the difference between the expected purchase price and actual executed price. Since the corresponding securities are bought and sold at the most favorable price available, an order can result differently. In this situation, most forex dealers will execute the trade at the next best price. In forex world, the market prices changes fast and the slippage happens in times of delay between the order placed and its completion. Slippage is the difference between the expected filled price of a trade and the actual price filled. In other words, when your trade is executed at a worse price than requested, so it is “slipping” from the original order price. It happens between the time that a trader enters the trade and the time the trade is made. It can happen to everyone in any given trading market; stock, currency, or commodity. This may be caused by an ineffective broker, increased liquidity and fast market. The forex market is very liquid and there are limited amounts of slippage. Share your Idea Please Thanks!
  2. Many traders fail for many different reasons. I am sure if you have been active in the markets for any decent period of time you will have experienced the numerous obstacles that the markets can throw in front of you. Sometimes the thing holding you back from being successful is one the most basic principles. A high percentage of traders are not able to overcome them, and often have not even considered them. Below you will find my list of the most encountered obstacles which stop a willing trader from making a profit. Find Your Edge So you have a trading system but do you know what makes it profitable? Have you any idea of its strike rate and can you trust it? A question many traders cannot answer. A simple system that gives you 51 winners versus 49 losers from every hundred will make you money if you know how to manage it correctly, but there is an element of trust needed. Before you trade your system you need to properly analyse it to find out how often it wins and how often it loses. How big are the wins compared to the losses? How big is the drawdown? After answering these questions you will gain an element of trust in your system and be able to ride out the lean times to harness the gains from the bigger picture. Stick To A Plan If you are in a hurry to get somewhere you wouldn’t take the long route would you? Would you drive 1000 kilometers without consulting a map? I would think not. Much is the same with trading. Your system (or edge) is your plan and when travelling to your destination you must stick to the highway. Never stray from the plan and ignore any signs that tempt you to try a different route. Don’t Spend What You Can’t Afford Often a big mistake a losing trader will make is to trade too heavy in one single position. To lose a large percentage of a trading account on one trade is suicide and in doing so you are giving yourself a mountain to climb whilst clawing yourself back to breakeven. Not even mentioning the psychological damage it will do. Trade small in comparison to your trading account, the market will always be there tomorrow and trades will come each and every day. Focus On Points Not Profit We are all in this for one reason and that’s to make money, but money is also the root of all evil. By focusing your mind on percentages of your trading account, counting the points won (not dollars) and risk reward ratios eventually the money will stack up on its own. Thinking “I lost 20 points on that trade” rather than “I lost $200 on that trade” will also help you to stay out of the markets emotional games. Learn From Mistakes They say the clever people in this world are the ones who can instantly learn from their mistakes. This is also true when trading. If you repeat the same mistakes over and over its possible you may not have the correct frame of mind needed to become successful in this game. Learn and never look back. If you stray from your plan and lose try to understand the mistake and reinforce to yourself that it will never happen again. Less Is More How much time can you commit to this? This is a question that should be answered well before you select a system. Trade when you feel happy, trade when the markets open, take your money and leave. Often no position is the best position. Overtrading is one of the biggest downfalls of any new trader and will most likely lead to your account (and mind) burning out. Takes some trades and go do something else to stay fresh. Live Your Life Last but not least never forget what you are doing this for. You are doing this to give yourself a better life and more money. Enjoy it, take some time to live your life and don’t get caught up in the trap of being addicted to the markets. Written by Pete Southern, editor at stockpricetoday.com
  3. I thought about calling this thread "Secret Trading System Revealed!" or "Strategy Guaranteed to Make X Return" because I know that for many, the idea of money management in trading holds little interest. I decided against it though because "you can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" so to speak. More than anything I hope to get a proper discussion going to highlight the importance of paying proper attention to the figures and trading accordingly and discuss ideas. I hope this thread can be a place where more experienced traders can share their ideas and newer traders can learn and ask questions.
  4. Easy to use and very helpful in seeing where should be our stop and profit target - if it's real - by looking at the chart. You can also setup you past trading effectiveness to calculate the Profit Factor you would like to achieve. Your comments and questions are very welcome! Works with Tradestation 9.0+. If you need for an earlier version, please contact us. LID - MONEY MANAGEMENT.ELD LiD - MONEY MANAGEMENT 9.0.zip
  5. This thread is for those who like to discuss about the Money Management in Forex Trading . I am waiting for your thoughts in the most important ingredient to successful trading. Risk reward is the most important aspect to managing your money in the markets. Every trader in the market wants to maximize their rewards and minimize their risks. A risk-reward ratio of 1:2 means your profit target is twice your stop loss. If your trade has a Risk - Reward ratio of 1:3, it means that for every winner, you will need to lose an equivalent trade three times to lose all your profits. If you gain 900 pips in a trade (with a 300 pip stop loss) you would need to lose three trades using the same Risk-Reward ratio to cancel the profitable trade. This is why a forex trader can have two winners and three losers in a month and still make money.
  6. Let’s face it – most people don’t know when to sell a falling stock. So they’re frozen into inactivity, saying, “Should I just keep holding and hoping, or should I cut my losses now?” This state of indecision is usually permanent, and often continues until you hear the all too familiar phrase, “well, it’s too late to sell now.” One of my good friends lost it all following the “it’s too late to sell now” principle. He bought a ton of shares in a cable company based on his friend’s recommendation that it was supposed to take over the world. The shares soon tumbled in half, and his friend, who knows about the cable business, told him to buy more, so he did. The shares tumbled in half again, and he bought even more. He finally stopped buying when the shares hit a dollar a share. The shares eventually traded for pennies. After you’ve read today’s essay, if you follow the advice in here, your constant state of indecision will be gone. You’ll never lose another night’s sleep worrying about which way your investments will go tomorrow. Because, unlike most investors, you’ll have a plan – knowing when to get out, and when to stay in for the biggest possible profits. Buying stocks is easy. There are thousands of theories out there for why and when to buy. But buying is only the first half of the equation when it comes to making money. Nobody ever talks about the hard part – knowing when to sell. In order to invest successfully, you need to put as much thought into planning your exit strategy as you put into the research that motivates you to buy the investment in the first place. So please read closely here, and think about each point... How Do You Evaluate Businesses? In business and in stocks, you’ve got to have a plan and an exit strategy. When you have one, you know in advance exactly when you’re going to buy and sell. The strategy I’m going to show you will allow you to ride your winners all the way up, while minimizing the damage your losers can do. But before I get into the specific strategy, consider this business example... Let’s say you’re in the tee-shirt business. You’ve made a ton of money on a tee-shirt business in the States, and you’re now in the Bahamas looking for new opportunities. You size up the market, and you figure you can make money in two markets: in golf shirts, geared at the businessman, and in muscle-tees, geared toward the vacationing beach-goers. These are two products clearly aimed at two different markets. You invest $100,000 in each of these businesses. At the end of the first year, your golf shirts are already showing a profit of $20,000. But the muscle-tees haven’t caught on yet, and you’ve got a loss of $20,000. There are numerous reasons why this is possible, so you make some changes in your designs and marketing and continue for another year. In the second year the same thing happens – you make another $20,000 on your golf shirts, and you lose another $20,000 on your muscle-tees. After two years, the golf shirt business is clearly succeeding, and the muscle shirt business is clearly failing. Now let’s say you’re ready to invest another $100,000 in one of these businesses. Which one business do you put your money into? The answer should be obvious. You, as a business owner, put more money toward your successful businesses. But as you’ll see, this is the opposite of what 99% of individual investors in America do... How Do You Evaluate Stocks? Let me start by asking you a question – what does “owning shares of stock” actually mean? This isn’t a trick question – as you know, it means you’re a partial owner of the company, just like you’re the owner of the tee-shirt company in this example. Owning your own business isn’t fundamentally any different than owning a share of a business through stock. However, most people treat them exactly the opposite... Let’s say the shares of your two tee-shirt companies trade on the stock exchange. They both start trading at $10 a share. At the end of the first year, the profitable golf-shirt company is trading for $12 a share, and the unprofitable muscle-shirt company is trading for $8 a share. At the end of the second year, the golf shirt company is trading at $14, while the muscle shirt company is trading at $6 a share. Which shares would you rather own? Even though you know you should buy the winning concept based on the business example, most investors don’t do so in their stock investments. They keep throwing good money after bad hoping for a turnaround. They buy the loser. The Trailing Stop Strategy In stocks (and in business, I believe), you must have and use an exit strategy – one that makes you methodically cut your losses and let your winners ride. If you follow this rule, you have the best chance of outperforming the markets. If you don’t, your retirement is in trouble. The exit strategy I advocate is simple. I ride my stocks as high as I can, but if they head for a crash, I have my exit strategy in place to protect me from damage. Though I have many reasons I could sell a stock, if my reasons don’t appear before the crash, the Trailing Stop Strategy is my last ditch measure to save my hard-earned dollars. And it works. The main element to the Trailing Stop Strategy is the 25% rule. This is where I will sell any and all positions at 25% off their highs. For example, if I buy a stock at $50, and it rises to $100, when do I sell it? If it closes below $75 – no matter what. Don’t Let Your Losers Become Big Losers So with my Trailing Stop Strategy, when would I have gotten out of the failing muscle-shirt business? You already know the answer. Remember, the shares started at $10 and fell immediately. Instead of waiting around until they fell to $6 as the business faltered, using my 25% Trailing Stop, I would have sold out at $7.50. And think of it this way – if the shares fall to $8, you’re only asking for a 25% gain to get back to where they started. But if the shares fell to $5, you’re asking for a dog of a stock to rise 100%. This only happens once in a blue moon – not good odds! Take a look at how hard it is to get back to break even after a big loss... You’ll Never Recover Percent fall in share price Percent gain required to get you back to even 10% 11% 20% 25% 25% 33% 50% 100% 75% 300% 90% 900% So what’s so magical about the 25% number? Nothing in particular – it’s the discipline that matters. Many professional traders actually use much tighter stops. Ultimately, the point is that you never want to be in the position where a stock has fallen by 50% or more. This means that stock has to rise by 100% or more just to get you back to where it was when you bought it. By using this Trailing Stop Strategy, chances are you’ll never be in this position again. This article syndicated from Steve Sjuggerud's Daily Wealth
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