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What % of your capital do you allocate to each position?

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What % of your capital do you allocate to each position?

Just out of curiosity, how much of your capital are you guys allocating to each of your positions? I know that some guys have a higher skill level than others so they're willing to take on more risk.

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Risk as a proportion of your account should be as low as possible in my view, even when you are more experienced. Because things can always go against you no matter how experienced you are.

Some examples I've seen others use are between 1% to 5% on the very aggressive side, and to also maintain a max daily loss.

Hope that helps.

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I've done as high as 20%. Quite a few 10%ers but on average over 100s of trades, 3%.

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I am using 10% based on averages per trade applied into Optimal F Raplh Vince Formula.

But I am not very secure yet if 10% is really the optimal F.

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While trading my TST Combine account I only take 0.6 percent of risk per trade, which allows me to get hit 3 times in a row by a full stop out without violating my daily loss limit. So I'm able to quit trading for the day and live to trade another day.

Im my Live account I take a maximum risk of 5 percent per trade, but I have to admit that I'm very choosy in the selection which trade to take.

IMO a 2 percent risk per trade is quite common, but long-term you're better off taking only 1 percent of risk per trade.

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Better to take a trade that won't kill your account then risk it all on one shot. But sometimes you have to know when to press the gas.

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10% max for each position, sometimes less depending on risk and signal strength... and never more than 4 open positions at the same time - i.e. at least 60% of total account remains in cash at all times.

Either case, never risk more than 1% or 2% of your capital on any of the open positions.

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Risking 1-2% per trade - short term trading - is a bit extreme and one of the main reasons why traders lose , few consecutive losses and you are in a handsome DD , its not clear where these figures came from !

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Risking 1-2% per trade - short term trading - is a bit extreme and one of the main reasons why traders lose , few consecutive losses and you are in a handsome DD , its not clear where these figures came from !

At first, i want to say something like this;

Trader = Risk Taker, nothing wrong with just 1-2% / trade.
Too much consecutive losses => back to drawing board.

but, reality is not that simple ;

Win%------Probable losing streak

70%---------- 9
80%---------- 7
90%---------- 5

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