Friday, April 10, 2009

Why you need a trading plan?

A trading plan should have complete sets of rules that cover every aspect of any trader's trading.
• What instrument (stock, forex, options, future, CFD etc) you want to trade and why? I trade stock and forex not because I like stock or forex market I have definite reasons to trade those, you need to know why you are trading individual stock not index?
• Which market (NYSE, NASDAQ etc) you want to trade?
• What is best time for you to trade why? (Suppose for forex London open is the best time to trade)
• How you will select a stock or a currency pair that will give you the best result. (I have 12 specific rules to select a stock that helps me a lot to avoid over trading)
• The maximum percentage you will risk on each trade. This is most important for new trader to learn risk management. I follow three golden rules to manage my risk.
• How many lots/share you will trade per trade (position size).I always follow two different rules to know my position size.
• Which time frames you will look at. Time frame is very important aspect to any trading. I follow 5 and 15 minutes chart for equity .Any good set up will appear in any time frame but the point is exit will be different in different time frame.
• A trading plan will give you clear-cut entry strategy, where should you enter and why .My trading plan has eight specific entry strategies.I think exit is the key to a successful trading plan. An exit strategy will show you where to exit and why. I use Three different exit strategies.