Establishing Risk And Reward by Cory Mitchell
Approaching The Markets.
Here’s how you can manage risk when you’re trading specific chart patterns.
Trading with profit targets is a sensible way to approach the markets. Doing so allows you to establish risk–reward ratios before making a trade. You can then accept or reject a trade based on how much reward you can reasonably expect based on the risk you have established for the trade.
This is a powerful process. It ensures that a trader has
established the risk of each trade before taking that trade.
Before placing a trade, you should calculate the maximum
loss you can take. The risk limits based on technical analysis will let you know if you should not be in the market in the direction you have chosen.
Once the risk is known, a trader can then determine if a
trade is worth taking based on what profit can be expected
from the trade. Many traders have touted that there should
be at least a 3-to-1 reward-to-risk ratio for each trade. While this is a good rule of thumb and may service many traders’ needs, it is not an all-encompassing rule. Since each trader has a different style and trades over different time frames, it would be impossible to establish a set risk and reward rule for all traders.
Each trader must establish a risk–reward ratio based on
their trading performance. That said, the 3-to-1 reward-to-risk ratio allows the trader freedom to take losses and still be profitable as long as risk is kept in check and trades are allowed to reach the profit targets as often as possible. In this way, the trader can be wrong three times, right only once, and still break even.