Playing Defense in a Tough Market

At times, markets have nice price trends where being long or short for days or weeks will lead to profitability. These are the markets that most new traders make money in by having a bias and holding onto that belief. This usually doesn’t end well because they are unable to understand when the trend is changing. Other markets […]

A Traders Quick Guide to Position Sizing

I base my position sizing in my trades on the fact that I never want to lose more than 1% on any one trade. If I am trading with a $100,000 account, I don’t want to lose more than $1,000 in a losing trade. A stop loss level has to start at the price level […]

7 Times Traders Lose Money

Profit making in trading is a function of the market matching your methodology. We trade with a philosophy and we profit when it correlates with the current market environment. We make money when our winning percentage is high and our losses are kept small, or when or wins are big and are losses are small. […]

Why You Lose So Much Money Trading

“The key to long-term survival and prosperity has a lot to do with the money management techniques incorporated into the technical system.” -Ed Seykota The above image shows the destruction of capital, not only for a losing streak, but also for a string of 10 trades with a 50% win rate; alternating between wins and […]

10 Ways to Stay Safe in Dangerous Markets

When your specific trading methodology quits working due to a change in the market environment, you are in a losing streak, or a drawdown in trading capital. There are things you can do to lessen the emotional and financial pain. In losing streaks, trade smaller and smaller until you start winning again. Trade less; only […]