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Money Management in Currency Trading (Part I)

Todays Date: December 12, 2018

Many forex traders start trading live before understanding and learning good money management rules. Develop a few good money management rules and practices them on your demo account before starting live trading. Developing your money management rules mean how much of your money, you are willing to risk on one trade. It also means determining how many contracts per trade your risk tolerance allows?

The important thing when you start trading is to learn how you can improve your investment results by making small changes and tweaks to your trading strategies. Good money management rules can make a huge difference between becoming a successful investor in the long run or an unsuccessful one that blows up the account in a few weeks.

Have you ever played poker? If you have, then rarely you will see good players put all their chips on a single bet. As a poker player, you know by risking only a small portion of your money on a single bet, you can win or lose but be still play the next hand. If you put everything on the table on a single bet, you have to be 100% sure of winning. An impossible thing, you can never be 100% right.

Forex trading is far more complicated than playing poker. You are dealing with hundreds of unknown variables that affect the markets instead of only 52 cards. To succeed in forex trading, you must understand and implement the money management principles.

There are many pitfalls that you will run across while trading. A trader is constantly under the pressure of two emotions; greed and fear. When you win a trade, you become greedy and want to risk more to win big. You want to strike it rich in a few trades. This drives you to take more and more risk.

In case you lose a trade, you will become fearful of risking your money on the next trade. Now, fear will take over and impair your decision making. Fear will make you lose confidence in your judgment and decision making. Lets see how fear and greed can impair your trading results.

Lets suppose you have a run of successful trades that makes you very happy. You are feeling overconfident. You are not satisfied on risking only 2% of your account on one single trade and you want to risk more on the trade. You are thinking, the more you have in a trade, the more you will make if you are right. You are willing to increase your risk to 5%. You increase it to 5% and you win. You increase it further to 10% and you once again win. You finally decide to put 25% of your account at risk on the next big trade, but misfortune strikes all of a sudden. Your successful run comes to an end and you lose big.

Assume you had a $100,000 trading account. You had foolishly risked 25% or $25,000 on one trade that you desperately wanted to win. Losing $25,000 means you have only $75,000 in your account left. How much you need to make to get back the original balance of $100,000. You need to make $25,000 again to go back to the original balance. It means you will have to make 25,000/75,000= 33%. So you risked 25% but now you need 33% to get back your original amount.

Many investors once they lose a trade become desperate and try to risk more to recover their original loss. They end up losing more and more and very soon those investors destroy their accounts. Most of them are out of trading forever soon. There are other traders who try to reduce risk even more on making a losing trade; eventually they lose any opportunity for meaningful growth in their accounts.

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