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May 16, 2010 – Comments (0)

As many of you already know, one of the biggest factors in successful trading is how well you manage the trade - that is the stop-losses you place, the amount of capital that you put to work, where you take profits, and how you protect the profits that you already have. You could, no doubt, write many books on each of these subjects, but for now, I'm going to focus on a small, but critical aspect of risk-management and my inspiration comes from the movie "The Patriot", which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time.

In the clip below, Benjamin Martin (the father) asks his two young boys, "What Did I tell ya 'fellas about shooting?" and they replied, "Aim Small, Miss Small". Every time I hear those words I tell myself how true they ring across so many spectrums of life. As an avid hunter, if you just aim the gun at the direction of the game you are targeting, you are bound to miss. However, if you pick out a tiny, specific area of the animal, whether its the upper-right side of the chest, or some other smaller area, you have a much better chance of hitting your target. In fact, the smaller the target area, the lesser amount of margin for error you have in missing.

So how does this apply to trading, you must be asking? The stop-loss that we set in relation to our entry price is a reflection of our "Trading-Aim". 

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