Tags Posts tagged with "Stop Loss"

Stop Loss

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Trading without stop losses might sound like the riskiest thing there is. A bit like going mountaineering without safety gear. But what's the reality?

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Orders are often seen as nothing more than a side show to the real business of trading. Yet the range of different order types that’s available offers you a powerful and easy way of creating some automatic trading rules.

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To manage this risk, what some do is make a simple guess to estimate the potential loss involved.The problem though is this doesn't take the full picture.

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It’s often said that how you deal with your first major loss will define you as a trader. Which route you end up on will depend on your personality type.

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In theory trailing stops provide a way for traders to limit losses and to lock in profits on individual trades. The basic idea of the trailing stop is that as a trade moves into profit, the stop level adjusts upwards in the case of a long (buy) trade or downwards in the case of a short trade.

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When entering a trade, how do you choose the point of the stop loss and take profit? Clearly, this decision will have an impact on how profitable your trades are.