Learn to Protect Capital First
More than 90% of people trading the market lose money and the major reason is because the majority do not use correct Money & Risk Management principles: Money Management, Position or Trade Sizing…
One of the main key’s to successful trading is the preservation of capital. Beyond the obvious point here that if you loose your trading capital then you will be out of the game, is the fact that it takes much more to come back from a loss than it does to take the loss you are trying to come back from.
NEVER Risk any more than 2% of Trading Capital on any one trade.
Lets say you start with $10,000 and loose $5000 from a string of bad trades. That $5000 loss represents a 50% loss on your account which now has $5000 left in it. Now ask yourself this question. What percentage gain will you need to make on the $5000 left in your account in order just to be back to break even (the $10,000 level) on your account? If you have done the math correctly you will see that in order to make back the 50% loss you took on your account you will need to make a 100% return or basically be twice as successful in your comeback as you were unsuccessful in your draw down.
Never Trade with more than 20% of Trading Capital on any single trade.
It is this concept that is one of the most important to understand in trading, as it underscores the importance of protecting one’s trading capital, as it shows the difficulty of coming back from a loss in relation to the ease of taking a loss. It is also most traders lack of understanding of this concept that causes them to take risks which are way to large and is a major contributor to the high failure rate among traders.
Risk Management is the difference between success and failure when trading shares. It refers to Stop placement and will minimize any losses and you will have them but also maximise any profits and this stop is called a Trailing, Maintenance or Profit Stop.