How to calculate your position size

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tayct
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How to calculate your position size

Hi Immy,

The ebooks talks about calculating position sizes. Does position size mean lot size?

There's mention of calculating position size using 15 pips (pg 30, extended ebook). What does that mean? How does "using 15 pips", "total risk", "10 pips SL", etc translate into position size or lot size?

Could some examples of the calculation be given please?

Maybe something like:

Position Size/Lot size = Balance/Equity(?) x %Risk + Spread(?) + using 15 pips(?)

The correct step by step formula would be useful for many of us who are just starting out.

Thank you.

Mdock
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Re: How to calculate your position size

I use a lot calculator input stop loss and risk , output lot size.

My setting stop loss 150 (5 digit broker) risk 2%, but stop loss is other side of aims.
This is smaller most of the time just to be on the safe side i use 150 to calculate.
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tayct
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Re: How to calculate your position size

Thanks so much Mdock!

Still looking forward to Immy to explain further this topic for the benefit of all members.

AIMS
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Re: How to calculate your position size

Position Size can be calculated in many ways. I keep it simple. Trading 1 Lot, the value of 1 pip = 10\$, Trading 0.1 Lot it is 1\$/pip. You have to find the pip value then multiply by this, and that and then get the correct lot size. I dont do that. I trade from 0.1 - 2 Lots On a 10K account. So on 10K account 1% = \$100. If you trade with lets say 10pip SL and risking 1% per trade, you require 1 Lot trade since pip value of 1 Lot = \$10. so \$10 / pip = 1% = 1Lot Trade for 10K A/C. There is an easy way.

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tayct
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Re: How to calculate your position size

Thanks Immy!

tmmbabs
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Re: How to calculate your position size

Can someone please code a position sizing indicator for DAX which can be calculated in terms of percentage risk per point or pips. I search almost everywhere on the internet, even the almighty Google could not give me what i want.

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Re: How to calculate your position size

I thought I'll reply to this post, its only been 8 years now.
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