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Learn to Control Risk by Capping Losses


Control risk by capping losses

Stop-Loss orders allow traders to set an exit point for a losing trade. If you are short a currency pair, the Stop-Loss order should be placed above the current market price. If you are long the currency pair, the Stop-Loss order should be placed below the current market price. Stop-Loss orders help traders control risk by capping losses. Stop-Loss orders are counter-intuitive because you do not want them to be hit; however, you will be happy that you placed them.

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Where should I place my Stop-Loss and Take-Profit orders?

As a general rule of thumb, traders should set Stop-Loss orders closer to the opening price than Take-Profit orders. If this rule is followed, a trader needs to be right less than 50% of the time to be profitable. For example, a trader who uses 30 pip Stop-Loss and 100-pip Take-Profit orders, needs to be right only one-third of the time to make a profit. Where traders place Stop-Loss and Take-Profit orders will depend on how risk-averse they are. Stop-Loss orders should not be so tight that normal market volatility triggers the order. Similarly, Take-Profit orders should reflect a realistic expectation of gains based on the market's trading activity and the length of time one wants to hold the position. When initially setting up a trade, it is prudent to look to change the Stop-Loss and set it at a rate in the 'middle ground' where you are not overexposed to the trade, and at the same time, are not too close to the market. Trading foreign currencies is a demanding and potentially profitable opportunity for trained and experienced investors. However, before deciding to participate in the Forex market, you should soberly reflect on the desired result of your investment and your level of experience.

Warning! Do not invest money you cannot afford to lose!

There is significant risk in any foreign exchange deal. Any transaction involving currencies involves risks, including, but not limited to, the potential for changing political and/or economic conditions, that may substantially affect the price or liquidity of a currency.

Moreover, the leveraged nature of Forex trading means that any market movement will have an equally proportional effect on your deposited funds. This may work against you as well as for you. The possibility exists that you could sustain a total loss of your initial margin funds and be required to deposit additional funds to maintain your position. If you fail to meet any margin call within the time prescribed, your position will be liquidated and you will be responsible for any resulting losses. 'Stop-Loss' or 'Take-Profit' order strategies may lower an investor's exposure to risk.

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