Devesh dikshit asks
"i have cap of around 3 lk and i want two trade in nifty futures so what should be my voloume should i trade 10 lots in intraday"
You should keep enough capital for the margin (assumed at a higher side) and at least two times the expected loss. If the expected loss is 10% of the face value of futures, then the loss reserve should be 20%. Assuming margin to be 20% maximum, you should have 40% of the face value as your capital.
One Nifty futures contract is 50 units. At the current price of 4500, it is valued at 2,25,000/ Now 40% of this is 90,000. With three lakh rupees, you should trade 3,00,000 / 90,000 = 3 lots. If you follow this capital allocation rule, I would feel that your chances of success are almost 100% (nothing is perfect!).
Suppose I have a trade which drops after I enter, and it reaches my stop-loss but is still giving a "Buy" signal under my trading system.With discipline I will then sell, but then should immediately buy back in (since there is a "Buy" signal!). However, if I save the sell-and-rebuy trading costs and simply hold instead, I am risking more of my capital than the stop-loss intended and so what's the point of having the stop-loss in the first place?So I have a contradiction and am unsure how to best handle this situation.My question is thus: in this case do you abandon your discipline by overriding your stop-loss signal and holding (up to what point?), or do you sell as per the system and so at which signal would you start considering buying back in?
My Notes: Interesting, valid question. I appreciate the effort made in developing the trading system. Such sensible questions emerge when you do it yourself with sincerity.
I will explain with an example what Scrunge is saying.
I have a moving average system which says I should buy when the moving average is moving up. I will sell when the moving average is moving down. (Moving up means, the current average should be higher than the previous average). To protect from unneccessary losses, the system has a stop loss.
Now, I am long because the moving average is rising. Unfortunately, there is a sudden volatile move and I am stopped out. On the next price bar, the moving average is higher than the previous average. So, I should buy again. I end up buyng after I got stopped out. This process could continue many times, till the volatility ends or the average turns down cancelling the buy signals.
One you understand the problem, finding the solution is much easier.
What you need is to define your trading sustem to take care of such possibilities.
Option 1. Once you are stopped out, there will be no reentry in the same signal. (Remember, the buy signal continues )
Option 2. Renetries are allowed after getting stopped out.
Option 3. Once you are stopped out, reentry in the same signal is allowed only on additional conditions getting satisfied. In the moving average exmple, after getting stopped out, you now require not only the moving average direction, but also that the price bar should record the highest high of last 5 bars (as an example).
In my systems, I follow Options 1 & 3, but never 2.
I hope I have understood the question properly and given a satisfactory answer.