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The Power of Stop Loss and Risk/Reward in trading

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Keep this in mind. Only one trade without stop loss can burn your capital.

A stop loss is an indispensable tool allowing you to limit your losses. It is also a level from which you feel that your scenario will not happen anymore. It is mandatory on every position if you want to keep your money safe.
See it like an insurance policy. In case the trade is going wrong, you can be sure that a large part of your capital will be safe. You just need to know how to place your stop.
It also allows you to sleep peacefully because a stop loss deletes the stress and allows you doing activities other than trading. You don’t need to monitor your trade every 10 minutes. The less you monitor your trade the less you risk to make mistakes.

Some people will say that stop loss decreases the winning ratio. Many traders argue to get 90% to 100% of winning trades. Hmmm why not but do they use stop loss? If yes what is their risk/reward ratio?

How to place and manage your stop loss?
  • Place your stop loss according to the market price level. It must be placed above or below a key level such as a support, a resistance or a higher/lower.
  • Don't place your stop loss on a support, resistance or higher/lower. It is there that you should place your entry point!
  • Respect the Risk/Reward ratio. A RR of 2 or more is a key of success in trading. I give you more details below.
  • Take into account the volatility of the asset. The more volatile an asset is, the greater is the risk of seeing your stop loss hit on a volatility movement. On a volatile asset, you need to further your stop loss level. This element must be taken into account especially if you carry out long term trades, on daily, weekly or monthly timeframes.
  • Never move your stop if the the trade goes wrong! The only context allowing you moving your stop is if the market goes right in order to secure your profit. In this case you can move your stop to the breakeven point (Entry) or more to ensure some profit.

The Risk/Reward ratio, the secret of success

What is the Risk/Reward ratio or RR ?

The RR ratio is the difference between the potential loss and the potential profit of your trade. You simply divide the pips number you expect to win by the pips number you expect to lose.
Assume that you place an order with a TP at 50 pips and a SL at 100 pips then your RR ratio will be 0.5 which means that you will need to win 2 trades to recover the loss of 1 trade.
Now assume that you place an order with a TP of 100 pips and a SL of 50 pips then your RR will be 2 which means that you will need to win only 1 trade to recover the loss of 2 trades.

Never take a trade if your risk/reward ratio is below 1.
A RR of 2 and more is one of the key to become successful in trading on a long run. Imagine the insane performance it would be, if every trade you make had a RR of 2 with 70% of winning trades!

Hope these little tricks will help you improve your trading.
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@SuperSignalFX thank you ! now I understand in a better way how I lost and what to do from now on !
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@Shalafi, Try it ! It will change everything :)
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Shalafi PRO SuperSignalFX
@SuperSignalFX, I hope I will recover my loss and grow soon. I will try
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Can someone explain to me this part better, I don't quite understand this RR

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Great post mate. But a note on R/R.

You must always take into account the winning percentage of your system. So saying "Never take a trade if your risk/reward ratio is below 1" isn´t necessarilly the right way. You might have a system which produces 85% winners but has a 0.5 R/R and be very profitable.

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@Gluckmann, I don't agree with this. You are not sure that your system will not give you a straight 10 trades losses or more. At this point you will need to win 20 trades straight to recover yor losses. If you trade manually you have the psychology and the emotion to take into account and trust me this is the beginning of a negative spiral. To avoid this you need to keep a RR really high. With 10 losses you will only need 4 wins to be at breakeven.
In trading you have 3 key points to handle :
1 - Money management
2 - Psychology
3 - Strategy
In this particular ranking.
Without money management and psychology (except for an EA), a strategy even the best cannot survive.

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SuperSignalFX PRO SuperSignalFX
@SuperSignalFX, Thanks for sharing your point of view
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Gluckmann SuperSignalFX
@SuperSignalFX, I see your point. Maybe I am already too much into the EA mentality lol.

But still, statistically speaking, a 85% winrate system with 0.5 R/R would be profitable. Psychologically it might be difficult to endure but it does not mean it cannot be traded.

Thanks for the interesting discussion :)
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@Gluckmann, It is always a pleasure to debate about trading :) Thanks for contributing
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@Gluckmann, Thanks for sharing your point of view
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