Forex Money Management Guide

In this section, we will try to explain what is money management, what are the different techniques used when applying it, as well as other concepts related to this topic.

Introduction to Money Management

Money management is probably the most important aspect of managing a trading account. It is something so simple that can be learned in ten minutes and certainly is one of the most important causes of losses for most traders, usually in a reduced time.

As the name suggests, Monetary Management is nothing more than a set of techniques that help us to determine the size of our position to control potential losses that may arise when the market move against us.

Due to the high leverage offered in the Forex trading, many inexperienced traders assume a higher risk than any investor should take, resulting in hardly recoverable losses.

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The Money Management – Basic Principles

money management applied in trading

What is money management?

Many traders believe that the most important thing in trading is the knowledge of everything related to the market analysis or having a trading system with high reliability. It is true that these aspects are part of the success of a trader, but are only one part. However, one of the most important aspects of trading refers to the risk control and money management, because if we enter the market without a contingency plan for the worst case scenario, we are betting, not trading. We can spend much effort improving our trading system and gain knowledge about the market, but unless we develop a money management strategy we will not survive long in an environment as unpredictable as the market.

Money Management or Operational Risk Management is defined as the process of analyzing the trades according to risk and potential profits, determining how much risk, if any, is acceptable, and managing each position to control risk and maximize profit according to the equity in the trading account. Following the principles of preservation of capital, money management may consist of anything from a few simple rules to complex portfolio management theories. However, for most traders and investors, a common sense approach is more than enough to start earning money.

In this section I hope, for a moment, we will divert your attention from the search for the perfect system, so you can discover that you can turn a loser  system into a winner just by changing the rules of money management.

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