The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Fineco forex stop loss Competition. I’m sure you know that where you place your stop loss is important. However, generally speaking, wider stop losses are going to lead to trading success much faster than tighter stop losses.
In today’s lesson, we are going to discuss and see the importance of placing wider stop losses instead of tighter ones. After more than 15 years of trading and having talked with over 20,000 members of my price action trading community, it’s clear to me that many traders can successfully call the direction of the market, however, they often get stopped out of their trades way too soon, sometimes right before the market reverses in the correct direction, sound familiar? The reason this usually happens is because traders place their stop losses too tight or too close to the current market price. I just need to say that tight stop losses have their place in some forms of trading and some market scenarios. I want to start by discussing the fact that markets move an average range each day and week, this is a fact that is reflected via the ATR or average true range indicator, which is something you can apply to your charts in the metatrader 4 platform. The ATR is taking into account multiple days of price action, the last 14 in this example.
So, the ATR at the time of our entry gives us a good baseline number of pips to make sure our stop loss is greater than. In this case, the ATR was about 100 pips at the time of the pin bar buy entry in point 2. THIS is the difference between winners and losers in the Forex market. The daily chart produces powerful signals, but as I say often, trades take time to play out. So, if trades usually take time to play out in our favor, then if our stop is too tight we risk it being hit before the signal starts to pay off. Moving on, it’s important we set our stop loss beyond areas or levels on the chart that the professionals, like banks and larger players, may try to squeeze us out of.