Episode 63: Money Management and Determining How Large Your Profit Target Should Be

by robbooker on July 16, 2012

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Join Rob Booker and professional coach and independent trader Scott Welsh as they discuss principles of money management, and specifically, how large (or small) your profit target should be. Scott Welsh is the co-creator of and co-instructor on The Bossilator, and he does all of his trading on a mechanical basis.

In this episode Scott shares some personal stories about his initial goal of aiming for small profit targets and how he couldn’t find a way to trade profitably with that approach. Rob and Scott also discuss how many traders pursue very high win percentages because it gives them the feeling that they’re being successful. Scott talks about how the small profit targets are extremely exhilarating on a day-to-day basis, until you lose it all in one day, which feels awful. Rob examines this universal trap that he says happens to everyone.

Scott and Rob also talk about coming to terms with the impossibility of knowing when we’re going to take a huge loss, and ultimately, they strive to wrap up this episode by telling traders how to go about finding an optimal profit target for them, regardless of whether it’s large or small. Please listen — and stay tuned at the end of this episode for a special announcement!

Scott Welsh at Bossilator.com

Special announcement link: MIAMI LIVE SEMINAR

Book recommendation: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein

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