What Is A Trailing Stop Loss And To Implement One?

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Trailing Stop Losses (part 1)

After defining your trading float, setting your maximum loss, calculating your stop losses, and also calculating your position sizing – we now need to discuss how we take profits. This will typically involve adjusting your trailing stop loss. Traditionally what an inexperienced trader will do is once they see a little bit of a profit in their trading account, they want to crystallize that profit straight away. The psychological reason for this is because they don’t like to lose, and they falsely believe that those profits are their profits, and they don’t want to give them back to the market.

The reason this strategy is doomed to failure is the fact that you’re not adhering to one of the cardinal rules of trading and that is to adjust your trailing stop loss and let your profits run. The astute listener may have realized that we’re starting to implement rules that adhere to these cardinal rules of trading. For example, by setting our initial stop loss, we’re cutting our losses short, and now we need to introduce a rule that allows us to let our profits run, like adjusting our trailing stop loss. By simply setting these rules, we’re going to be able to control two important variables - whether or not we make a profit, and how much profit we’re actually going to make.

Now, of the two types of exits, hopefully it’s the ones we’re about to discuss now, the trailing stop loss methods, that you’ll get to implement more often because these are the ones that are implemented once we’re in a profitable situation. Adjusting your trailing stop loss has the potential to help us gain large profits, but before we go any further, let me warn you that they will also give some of our profits back to the market.

When people first hear this, they’re usually taken aback. However, you’re starting to realize that we’re never going to be able to peak the top of the trend. I know and you know that it’s much better to stay with the trend as it develops so we can let our profits run, and as the share price turns, we’ll exit.

A simple example can illustrate the importance of a trailing stop loss. If we received a buy signal and we purchased XYZ stock, and set our initial stop loss, because the stop loss doesn’t move up, that is our initial stop does not move – if after purchasing XYZ, the stock runs up a few hundred percent, unless we have a way to lock in the profit and then the stock reverts all the way back down to our stop loss, and obviously we’d be kicked out of the trade. The result would be that we ended up losing money even though there’s some potential for some fantastic gains.

Obviously, we need a way to circumvent this ever happening, and that’s exactly what a trailing stop loss does. This form of stop is simply adjusted on a periodic basis according to some sort of mathematical algorithm. For example, depending on the trailing stop loss we use, after the first day of trading if the price moves in our favor or even if volatility shrinks then the trailing stop loss is moved in our favor. If the market then moves against us enough for our stop to be triggered, we would still take a loss, but it would not be as large as our initial stop loss.

The key to the trailing stop loss is that you need to continually make adjustments to make sure that the stop is moved in our favor. Of course, the way in which a trailing stop loss is calculated is very similar to the way in which we calculated our initial stop loss. The only difference being rather than calculating our trailing stop loss from the entry price, we calculate our stop loss from the highest price since entry.

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