Money Management Strategies The Only Way To Ensure Trading Profits
By Ultimate Trading
You Must Learn To Practice Proper Money Management Strategies
In the markets its possible to be right, and to still lose money.
In fact, its pretty common. Traders who win on a high percentage of
their trades often end up with their capital eaten away, and nothing
to show for their work. They lose their gains because they dont
have money management strategies.
Being a good manager of your own money is one of the most difficult
trading skills to learn. But if you don't use good
strategies to lock in profits, take small losses on the picks
you're wrong about, and control your use of margin, eventually
you'll lose everything, no matter how good of a trader you are. You
need to make protecting your capital and developing money management
strategies your priorities if you want to be successful.
As a trader, your capital is the most valuable thing you have, you
have to practice money management strategies. Without it, you can't
trade at all. For this reason, bringing in no profits on a trade is
better than losing any part of your capital. If your account is
intact, you can always make a profit another day. If your capital
has suffered a loss, you'll be wasting effort playing catch-up. The
more you've lost, the longer it will take to get back to where you
started from, because you've got more to make up for, and because
youll have a smaller chunk of capital to work with. A smaller
capital base means smaller percentage returns on profits. Making 10%
on a $10,000 account earns you $1,000, but if you've lost half of
that account and have only $5,000 left, making 10% on your money
will earn you only $500. You'd have to do that twice to make the
Sound money management strategies have two main goals: to avoid
losing money, and to avoid missing profit opportunities by tying up
capital in problem trades for long periods of time. Failing to avoid
either of these will cost you. The first goal is straightforward.
You want to preserve your capital and whatever profits you've
accumulated. But you dont just want to keep your capital, you want
to trade with it as well, to continue to grow it and make your
returns larger and larger.
Working to avoid losing those profit making opportunities isn't
quite as obvious a goal. With the second goal in mind let's compare
the outcomes of two money management strategies. Trader A buys a
stock, expecting it to go up, and finds that it doesn't. However,
he's certain it will go up eventually, and he's incurred a small
loss, so he decides to wait it out. He ends up holding the stock for
three months before finally selling it.
Trader B buys the same stock at the same time as Trader A, but once
he sees that it isn't going up, he sells it at a small loss. He buys
another stock and makes a 15% profit on it. His next trade loses 1%,
but after that he makes 8 %, 15%, and 30% on a series of trades.
Because he is growing his account, he makes these percentages on a
larger and larger base of capital each time. At the end of three
months, his account has grown by 48%.
Whose money management strategies turned out to be the best? While
Trader B made a nice profit, Trader A not only lost time but also
never made his money back. Even if he had made his money back on
that stock, it's hard to see how this was a good use of his capital
over the course of three months.
Clearly the goal of not tying up your capital in problem trades has
an important impact on your profits. Practising sound
strategies will keep your capital and your profits safe. Though
it is a difficult skill to learn, once you know how to practise good
money management strategies, you can almost guarantee that you will
be a success as a trader.
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