Risk Management System

The "meat" of a proper futures trading plan is risk management. This is concerned with establishing thresholds of loss that you are capable and willing to accept in exchange for potential rewards. In the case of futures traders, this may simply mean picking a stop loss price and placing the order in conjunction with a profit target (limit order). Once again, trading plans are for guidance and shouldn't be followed blindly. Don't be the futures trader that misses taking a healthy profit while trying to squeeze out an extra $20 because the price came within ticks of a working limit order but failed to trigger. Also, even if your trading plan doesn't involve a trailing stop don't be a fool. Markets don't go up or down forever, if you have a large open profit tighten your stop loss order, or place protective options or option spreads and walk away.

  • Risk is inseparable from return in the investment world.
  • In the investment world, risk is necessary and inseparable from desirable performance.
  • Risk management is the process of identification, analysis, and acceptance of uncertainty in investment decisions.
  • Market risk is a measure of the volatility, systematic risk, of an individual stock in comparison to the entire market.
  • How much volatility an investor should accept depends entirely on the individual investor's tolerance for risk.
  • To achieve higher returns one expects to accept the more risk. It is also a generally accepted idea that increased risk comes in the form of increased volatility.