Article Categories
» Arts & Entertainment
» Automotive
» Business
» Careers & Jobs
» Education & Reference
» Finance
» Food & Drink
» Health & Fitness
» Home & Family
» Internet & Online Businesses
» Miscellaneous
» Self Improvement
» Shopping
» Society & News
» Sports & Recreation
» Technology
» Travel & Leisure
» Writing & Speaking

  Listed Article

  Category: Articles » Finance » Stock Market » Article

The Easy Secrets To Determine Stock Market Position Sizing

By David Jenyns

When trading in the stock market, position sizing is where all the tools of money management come together. It's perhaps the most important part of your stock market money management rules. Position sizing is simply deciding how much you are going to put into any one stock market trade. You can calculate your position size using the other tools of stock market money management, your maximum loss and your stop loss.

However, many stock market traders believe that they're doing an adequate job of position sizing by simply having a stop loss in place. While this will tell them when to get out of a stock market position, and will, with a maximum loss, determine how much capital they're risking, it doesn't answer the question of how much or how many units they can buy.

If you have already calculated your maximum loss and your stop loss, you can take these values, and plug them into a formula that will calculate how many shares you can purchase without exceeding your maximum loss. Although it is simple, the formula I'm about to give you is extremely powerful. The number of shares for your position is equal to your maximum loss divided by your stop loss size.

You're already familiar with what a maximum loss is; but may not be recognize the term stop loss size. A stop loss size is the difference between your entry price and your stop loss value. If you were to enter the stock market with a one-dollar trade and set your stop loss at 90 cents, the stop loss value would be the difference between your entry price and your stock price, ten cents. Once you've entered these values into the formula, you can calculate how many shares you should buy so that you never risk more than your maximum loss.

Let's look at how the formula works in practice. If your trading float was $20,000, and you were risking 2%, your maximum loss would be $400. If your stock market entry price was one dollar, and your stop loss value was 90 cents, your stop size would be ten cents. Now, the number of shares is equal to your maximum loss divided by your stop size. In this example, you can purchase 4,000 shares. If this stock reaches your stop loss, and you have to exit the position, you know you're not going to risk or lose more than 2% of your float, which is $400.

This formula ensures the safety of your trading float. A little finessing that some of my clients like to do is to class their brokerage fee as part of the maximum loss. You could do this by subtracting the stock market brokerage fee from your maximum loss. If the stock market brokerage fee was $40 for your return trip, subtract 40 dollars from your maximum loss. Instead of entering $400 into the formula, you'd now enter $360. Once this is computed out, you can determine how many shares you'd buy, and know that you had included brokerage as part of your maximum loss.

By setting your position size so that you follow the 2% rule, you're using a strategy that will limit the size of your losses during losing streaks. When you experience a winning streak, your position sizes will grow in a similar manner. By changing the amount of capital you're deciding to risk, you'll change the characteristics of your risk to reward ratio. All of your stock market money management rules will work together to make your trading system as profitable as possible.
About the Author
David Jenyns is recognized as the leading expert when it
comes to designing profitable stock trading systems.

Discover the "secret formula" of trading that anyone can use
to consistently generate BIG profits from the market by
downloading your FREE copy of David's new Ultimate
Stock Trading Systems course.

Click Here To Download ==> Stock Trading Systems

Article Source:
If you wish to add the above article to your website or newsletters then please include the "Article Source:" as shown above and make it hyperlinked.

  Some other articles by David Jenyns
What Would You Rather Do: Read About Someone Elses Forex Success or Experience Your Own
You can draw some useful parallels between running a business and Forex trading. For instance, most successful businesses keep statistics on everything from their conversion rate, to their average dollar ...

The Active Trader Reveals Effective Ways To Deal With Losses
At some point in the active trader's career, he will be faced with a string of losses that will bring his confidence to an all-time low. Every active trader ...

How To Win In Futures Trading With This Simple Tactic
Surprisingly, many profitable speculators have success rates between 30% and 50%. Futures traders are not successful because they predict prices well. They're winning because their profitable trades far exceed their ...

Are These Simple Trading Mistakes Costing You Money In The Forex Market
The 2% rule is a powerful tool in Forex trading. By adopting this rule you're using a strategy that decreases the size of your losses during losing ...

Discover The Hidden Online Trading Costs That No One Tells You About
One of the cardinal rules of Forex trading is to keep your losses small. With small Forex trading losses, you can outlast those times the market moves against you, and be ...

Little Known Tips To Wipe Out Day Trading Losses Guaranteed
Studies have shown that you should never risk more than 2% of your float on any trade. Why 2%? Well, in fact, many day trading professionals ...

  Recent Articles
Be A Rebel: Contrarian Investing
by Christopher Smith

Advantages of Online OTCBB Stock Trading
by Praveen Ortec

Online share trading can be a liberating experience
by Martin McAllister

The Bulls And Bears Game: Risks And Survival Strategies In Investments
by Wain Roy

How Do You React When Your Stocks Are Down
by Christopher Smith

What You Don't Know About Micro Cap Stocks
by Christopher Smith

Free Money in Stock Market: Conversion
by Alexander Chong

Stock Trading Tip
by Joe Grabowski

Penny Stock Winners - What To Do Next
by Christopher Smith

The Stock Market For Newbies
by Joe Grabowski

Forex Trading Course: A Must for Forex Beginners
by Zevs Borealis

How To Get An Advantage Trading Penny Stocks
by Christopher Smith