Since I only know what I know, I have invited some other seasoned traders to share some of what they have learned over the years as well. I hope that you will find these posting helpful. As always take it slow, be patient and exercise discipline.
Hi Traders Friend,
I'll focus this post on money management which is one of the most important parts of trading. The first rule of money management is to preserve your capital. Simply stated, be patient and wait for a good setup according to your own strategy.
Professional traders only risk between 1% to 3% per trade. I personally risk 2% per trade. So how can you determine your risk and keep it between 1% to 3%? I personally use a website calculator at:
You can pay for a calculator that you can download but the good ones cost about $ 100. Or you can use a free one on a web page. The choice is yours.
You need to know how many PIPs you may have to loose in order for the trade to be invalidated. This depends on your level of tolerance, your trading style, and your trading system. That is another lesson in itself so let's just stick to the task on hand. :)
So let's say you have $ 2,500 in your account and your risk for the trade is 50 PIPs. If you risk 2% of your account for the trade you can only trade one mini lot for that trade. If your risk for the trade is 25 PIPs with the same amount of capital than you would be able to trade 2 mini lots.
If you only made 25 PIPs per week profit, in less than a year you will double your account. Just 25 PIPs per week. You don't have to hit "home runs" every time to grow your account in a substantial way. Nor do you need to risk a large amount for every trade to grow it substantially either.
By keeping your risk low, when you get on a loosing streak (also called a draw down) you can take quite a few hits in a row and not do severe damage to your account and to your trading psychology. Every person and every trading system has draw downs. and Warren Buffett have had plenty of draw downs, but they keep their risks low and are still Billionaires.
I hope this quick post helps you to start understanding the basic principles of money management.
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This blog is not in anyway an enticement or solicitation to trade in the Forex Market. These tips are for informational purposes only and are not to be substituted for legal advice or council. I have written this blog in hopes that it will help you to avoid some of the terrifying pitfalls I had in the Forex Market before I learned better.
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