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Scaling-In vs Scaling-Out as a Tend....

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Posts: 232 since Sep 2010

trader / swing trader.

I am trying to confirm or even dis-confirm, if I should even be considering using either a scale in approach or a scaling out approach.

I am a Longer term Trend / swing trader ( meaning, I take practically all of my entries off of Weekly and monthly charts , and sometimes a 2,3 or 4 day chart ).
So when I enter into a trade, I plan to stay in it ( if everything stays in place ) for a week or more.

My questioning here recently to my self has been.....
is scaling in or scaling out , beneficial to my way of trading.
Basically the pros and cons of each, and...
is one way better for swing traders vs scalp traders ?

Here are 2 links that I read through, and would like other (formerly BMT) traders insight and input please,

Here's the one on Scaling In...

Here's the one on Scaling Out...

Thank you for the discussion and the help - Michael

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After many years and trading plans with all kinds of ways of getting in, adding, getting out I did find out that I am more comfortable with all in and then all out. I do not say it is the way to go but in my mind it is what makes the more sense to me. When I sell 1/2 for say at 2 unit of risk then I get frustrated because I was able to manage the rest up to 4 unit of risk (with the other 1/2). And when I loose I loose all (got stopped out). So my winners run for @ 1/2 of the money while my looser are always full size ... With that you need a very good win/loss ratio ... I am now trying to not be stopped out anymore with a better trade management but that is another topic.

So whatever you choose it has to be clear in your mind (and you have to be convinced of your choice in order to believe in it) that it is the best approach risk wise for you.

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