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Determining Position Size

Determining Position Size

Richard Krivo, Trading Instructor

Student’s Question:

I understand that the risk should be limited to a maximum of 2-5% of the account balance but how can you determine the number of positions?

Instructor’s Response:

Good question...Let's use the 5% figure and let's also say that you have a $2000 trading account. So 5% of that amount would be $100. Given that, at no time when you are trading should more than $100 of your account be at risk. In other words, if all stops are triggered, whether you have multiple positions open or a single position open, no more than $100 would be lost.Relative to the number of positions that can be open, if each pip is worth approximately $1, you could take 1 position with a 100 pip stop (based on 5% of a $2000 account) or 2 positions with 50 pip stops, 3 with 33 pip stops and so forth. Keep in mind that a trader need not put on as many positions as their account size will allow.

The key is to never risk more than 5% of whatever your account balance might be at any one time.

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