Add science to the art of using stoploss

  • You might have subscribed to many Analyst giving Stock Trading Tips. They claim that their clients are earning huge money.
  • You might have attended so many seminars and listened to lectures on various topics of investment & trading
  • You might have got free tips from your friends, from your brokers, from TV channels, from newspapers etc. etc.
  • But the net result is a zero !

Before we discuss further first understand some important fact :

  • Never invest Emergency Savings in stock Market
  • Don’t expect any sure shot calls or guaranteed calls in Stock Market
  • Investment or trading in Stock Market is subject to Market risk
  • Never Mix trading portfolio with your investment portfolio

Decision to become an active trader has to be made very carefully after analysis your skills, dedication ,discipline & love for trading.

Firstly, we would advise you to examine yourself about your own trading, examine the reasons why you are losing in trading.

Mostly you enter either buy or sell trade as per the tips you have subscribed for or from your friends or broker or from TV channels or newspapers, but never follow the tips in full and final way. What I mean to say you hardly use the given stop loss order for the tips got. Many a times you keep psychological stop loss means determine to cut your trade if the stop loss level arrives, but when the price moves to that stop loss level, you change your decision and determine your own stop loss level for that particular trade.

Many a times you enter a trade for intra day, but when price moves against your expectations not keeping stop loss, you change the term of your trade and become positional trader for that trade, and ultimately you become investor for that stock. And whenever price moves just a little bit higher or below your entry level, you forget your target set at the time of entering the trade, and you exit from the trade just to release your funds, earning minor profit. Again you enter for intraday trade and do the same mistakes very often. This process of changing from intra day trader to investor and from investor to intraday trader continues for a long time. Ultimately you cannot do your intra day trading nor positional trading efficiently due to lack of enough liquidity of funds.

Some times after entering into a trade without using stop loss tool, price moves against your expectations for such a longer period of time that you tired with that trade and cut the trade in a heavy loss.

If you use your stop loss tool without considering the daily volatility of the market, naturally it will hit very often resulting into losses.

Many a times, you enter into a long trade in script A without making any plan for that trade, and when price moves against your expectations, and at the same time you find some another script B with rising price, you are tempted to cut your previous trade in loss and enter into another long trade in the script B. But unfortunately what happens, you enter into long trade in script B at such a higher level that as soon as you enter in it, its price starts declining……again you find yourself in losing trade. You again cut your that trade making loss….loss and nothing but loss….And this continues for many a times.

“There is only one side of the market and it is not the bull side or the bear side, but the right side.” – Jesse Livermore

In each market, price is determined by the buyers (the bulls) and sellers (the bears). If there are more buyers than the sellers, price tends to go up and if the sellers dominate the market, the price tends to go down. But in case of intra day, it is impossible to know who is going to rule the market for that particular day, whether bulls or bears. And lack of this knowledge leads you to losses.

In short, you earn little & little, but lose more & more, this practice ultimately reduces your capital to a great extent.

If you really want to earn profits with limited capital requirements, with limited risk involvement, you must be equipped with

  • An efficient trading system.
  • An efficient money management.
  • An efficient trading psychology.

“To be a good trader, you need to trade with your eyes open, recognize real trends and turns, and not waste time or energy on regrets and wishful thinking.” – Alexander Elder