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Trend Trading For Dummies by Barry Burns

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Chapter 22

Hedging Your Position to Protect You from Losing All Your Money

In This Chapter

arrow Exploring some options for protecting against losses

arrow Spreading out your bets

Even the best traders make mistakes and lose money. In fact, good traders lose money at times even when they don’t make mistakes! No certainties exist in trading. It’s all about managing probability scenarios. Therefore, even high-probability trades, executed perfectly, will sometimes turn into losers.

You never know ahead of time whether any one given trade will be a winner or a loser. So you need to manage your risk, knowing that any trade can lose money. Traders commonly use protective stops (an order placed at a price at which the trader wants to limit losses if a trade turns sour). I personally always use hard stops, which are orders placed into my broker’s execution platform. However, stops don’t always protect you.

Other than using stops (which may or may not be filled where you want them to be), many professional traders hedge their positions. This involves taking a position that offsets the risk of your primary position. I introduce the idea of hedging positions in this chapter.

Protecting Your Hard-Earned Money with Options

One of the most common ways to hedge a primary position (a stock, forex, futures, ...

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