Trade Amounts should reflect your situation

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Trade Amounts should reflect your situation

Postby Overload » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:53 pm

The impact of commissions can be quite large, particularly on trading systems that are dependant on many small gains over time. For example, if your trade amount were $10,000 per trade, a total commission of $20 would impact your overall trade returns by just 0.2%. Thus, an average trade return of 4% would yield 3.8% after commissions.

But suppose your trade amount were $1,000 per trade. That $20 commission would now have an impact of a full 2%. Thus your average trade return would be cut from 4% to 2%, and your annual return would likely be cut in half as well.

For this reason, it’s always best to search for trading systems based on your own exact financial situation. A trading system that works for someone else might not work for you if your trade amounts are significantly different.

To set your trade amounts, enter the Setups > Trade Settings menu. Then set the Beginning Equity and Trade Adjustments and Fees values on both the Combination Trades and Detailed Analysis Trades tabs.

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