How to Manage Risks in Forex Trading
If there is one key aspect of forex trading that you must know about, it is risk management in forex trading. This is important if you want to be a successful forex trader. Why is it important? In reality, we are in the business of making money, and to be able to do so we need to learn how to manage it well in order to prevent continuous loss. Ironically, this is one of the most overlooked areas in trading. Many traders are just anxious to get right into trading with no regards to their total account size. They simply determine how much they can lose in a single trade and get into the trade.
Trading on Forex, the investor has opportunities to multiply his money, but he also risks losing future profit and much more, the invested capital. Deviation from expected profit average is what determines the investor’s risk on the financial market. Risk management methods are applied before and after opening positions. The main risk management method is applied to reduce losses.
Using Protective Stop-Loss to Control Risk
It is advisable to place a protective stop-loss for every open position. Stop-loss is a point when the trader leaves the market in order to avoid an unfavourable situation. When opening a position it is recommended to use stop-loss to insure against extra losses.
While in active trade it is good to protect your fund against potential total loss. That is the central purpose of money and risk management. Too often, the beginning trader will be overly concerned about incurring losing trades. Trader therefore lets losses mount, with the hope that the market will turn around and the loss will turn into a gain.
Almost all successful trading strategies include a disciplined procedure for cutting losses. When a trader is down on a position, many emotions often come into play, making it difficult to cut losses at the right level. The best practice is to decide where losses will be cut before a trade is even initiated. This will assure the trader of the maximum amount he or she can expect to lose on the trade.
Risk a Tolerable Account Portion Per Trade Position
To manage your invested fund well, you have to decide before the opening of any position how much of the money you can afford to lose in case the trade goes negative from your projection. For instance, you may decide that for every opened position your risked money will be 3%, 5% or 10% of the total fund, by so doing you have known prior to the execution of the trade the highest amount that can ever go out of your money on that single trading position, by so doing you have even taken away emotion. As much as possible try not to be greedy, to be less greedy is to be able to minimize risk. In a way leverage can help to control risk: if your leverage is relatively low it will limit you against opening a trade with high lot size. Risk management and fund management go hand in hand, if you manage your funds well, you are equally reducing your risk. Also if you control your risk well you are equally protecting your fund.