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Risk management is the management of risk inherent in trading by identifying these risks, assessing them and knowing how to control them. You can't control how much you may profit on each trade, but you can control how much you may lose. Poor risk management is one of the top reasons traders fail. Managing your risk exposure, by knowing what to do and what not to do, helps to prevent deep drawdowns or losing your trading capital. There is a variety of potential risks to take into account.

Good risk management is key to capital preservation and involves thinking about how much capital to employ, how much to risk on each trade, how many trades to make daily, weekly and monthly and what stop levels to use for each type of set-up. Also included in good risk management are what reward / risk requirements to enforce, how to employ money management, how to use a balanced portfolio and how to deal with correlations between open trades. Traders employing good risk management also consider what loss limits to set daily, weekly and monthly, how to calculate the overall expectancy of your trading strategy and how to avoid the risk of ruin.
Captain_Walker Captain_Walker US30, 1D, Education
US30: How it's all connected up
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US30, 1D Education
How it's all connected up

In this video I explore how the US Dollar strength affects stock markets and the EURUSD. When I was very new to trading I had not known about all this - and late in the game I wished that somebody would have told me sooner. Shorter term bounces of the US dollar can cause traders to exit positions too soon. Around this time day traders could find that ...

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker GER30, 60, Education
GER30: POLITRICKS: Avoid it in your trading
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GER30, 60 Education
POLITRICKS: Avoid it in your trading

I briefly mention the political situation in the world that affecting many stock markets. I'm seeing wide swings on a daily time frame, whenever their is good or bad news. Traders would be wise to avoid gambling in these sorts of volatile markets. Those with large accounts can of course take a position and ride out the volatility in following a trend.

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker EURUSD, 1W, Education
EURUSD: The big issue with technical analysis.
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EURUSD, 1W Education
The big issue with technical analysis.

In this video I give a few minutes of preview before discussing what I see on this weekly time frame. Bear with me as you'll see where I'm heading. In the second half of the video I show how I estimate the big probability from the weekly time frame. I'm not interested in being right in this. That's not what I want to get across. Whilst technical analysis is a ...

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker US30, 1D, Education
US30: Trade what you see, not what you hear.
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US30, 1D Education
Trade what you see, not what you hear.

In this video I look over a few indices and the VIX. There is a problem i.e. the news is saying one thing, but the charts are showing something rather different. I look at some trendlines, channels and patterns. After many years in trading I'm no longer obsessed with the names of various patterns. The overall pattern is what interests me more. The news is ...

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker US30, 30, Education
US30: Burning your account in volatile lower time frames?
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US30, 30 Education
Burning your account in volatile lower time frames?

In this very first video I'm posting, I look at the 30 min time frame where some day traders tend to trade. I show 6 charts with high volatility and lots of spiking all over the place. Yes there may be some visible and tradable pattern in these on careful analysis. However, the degree of volatility seen over the last two months may not 'respect' traditional ...

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker GBPMXN, 240, Education
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GBPMXN, 240 Education
The torture of equity gains

I'm exploring the psychological torture of managing equity gains - mostly in trend-following. I shall not go into methods. I wish to distinguish trend-following from trend-continuation trading. Those who do not know the difference can read up on the net, or start here. At the outset traders will have watched their positions move into much positive equity in a ...

Captain_Walker Captain_Walker EURUSD, 1W, Education
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EURUSD, 1W Education
Are you trading or gambling?

Tradingview has opened up a brilliant section on 'Beyond Technical Analysis', where there is much room for development. I have a very big interest in trading psychology as I've come to realise that success in trading is determined by roughly 80% psychological self-management (and its many components). I've been exploring this topic elsewhere (link later). But ...

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