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1 How to build a trading Plan NOTE: This is not intended to produce a complete trading plan. This is all about the thought process one has to go through and the steps required to build a complete trading plan 1 Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather

2 Simple is best - starter ideas Limit trades to only a few open positions to start Limit your losses to small amounts Use trailing stops on your profitable trades Check, Track and update your positions every day. Close out the losers – never let a loser run Only take trades with a greater than 2 :1 Reward to Risk Ratio when trading Equities Follow your rules and dont let emotion and greed creep into your trading Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather2

3 How to build a Trading Plan Before we begin lets have a discussion on what is required to create a Trading Plan Goals - must be specific Measurable – must be able to measure your performance against the goals Achievable – Goals should be reasonable and achievable. You need believe you can achieve the goal for you to succeed Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 3

4 How to build a Trading Plan Relevant – Your goal must be important to you so you will be driven to accomplish them Timeline – You have to set a completion date for each goal, such that you are focused on its completion Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 4

5 Trading plan content (sections) Overview This section should address the why and what ADMINISTRATION This section should address the setup, and day-to- day operation of the record keeping and performance of your trading. Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 5

6 Trading plan content (sections) SELF ANALYSIS This is the really tough section, as it requires you to assess yourself. You must be honest in the section even if it hurts. Hopefully. You will learn something that need to be improved or changed in how you approach trading. TRAINING This section should cover your on-going education and how you plan to improve it. Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 6

7 Trading plan content (sections) TRADING RULES – Generalized Rules – which apply to all situations. – Strategy dependent rules MONEY MANAGEMENT – also known as Risk Management – how much you willing to risk losing on each trade – Position size – how many shares per trade Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 7

8 Trading plan content (sections) TRADING METHODOLOGIES – Long, Short, stocks, options, spreads – Trading strategies you will employ Tools – Software Charting Trading Tracking Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather 8

9 Plan Overview Section Why do you want to trade? What is it you will be trading; stocks, bonds, options or futures? Do you have a trading partner? – With whom you can exchange ideas and opinions – We all need help and someone to assist us – We all need a sounding board – At one point or another we all need a mentor Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather9

10 SELF ANALYSIS What type of trader do you expect to be? – Daytrader – Swing trader (3 – 10 days) – Intermediate trader ( days) – Long-term What is your tolerance level for losing? So you get attached to your open positions? How much you are willing to risk. In dollars or percentage? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather10

11 SELF ANALYSIS What is your experience level? How much trading have you done? What must you do to make it possible to achieve your goals? Are you sure you are emotionally, physically and mentally ready to trade? How will you eliminate distractions? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather11

12 TRAINING Develop an educational plan What trading books have you read? Develop a reading list, set reading goals, watch online videos. Attend free and fee seminars Join trading group such as the yahoo and google groups Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather12

13 MONEY MANAGEMENT What percentage of your capital are you willing to invest in each trade? What percentage of your capital are you willing to risk? What position size (# shares) will you be trading? How will you control the size? What will determine a change in the position size traded? How many open positions will you maintain? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather13

14 ADMINISTRATION/TRADE MANAGEMENT How will the account be funded? How much do you have to invest? What type of account will I trade? IRA, Margin? How will you pick your broker? What is your expected Return on Investments? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather14

15 ADMINISTRATION/TRADE MANAGEMENT What will you use for a trading diary or journal? How do you plan to review your open positions? Do you plan to do a post mortem or all your completed trades? – If so, how and what do you look for? How will you measure your performance to determine you are meeting your objective? What factors will be used to a halt or take "time out" from trading? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather15

16 TRADING METHODOLOGIES/SYSTEM What trading strategies will you employ? Are you trying to use other peoples trading systems? – Have you adjusted it to your style? Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather16

17 TRADING METHODOLOGIES/SYSTEM Plan your trade by knowing the answer to each of these questions: – What are the setup conditions of your strategy? – What are the entry criteria? – What are the exit criteria? What type of order will you use to execute the trade? Remember cash is also a position. Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather17

18 TRADING RULES There are general rules that apply to all trading and rules specific to a strategy – General Rules 1.No matter the source of the candidate, I and I alone am responsible for making the trade profitable. I get all of the blame, but only some of the credit 2.Never trade without doing Due Diligence. Never trust anyones hot pick Investigate it, and then trade it only if it fits your style 3.Plan your trades. Trade your plan 4.Never trade stocks 3 weeks before earnings announcement 5.If after 3 days the trade has not moved in the expected direction, get out 6.Always know the Entry, Worse Case Exit and Target prices before trading 7.One of the keys to successful trading is knowing, yourself and your stress point Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather18

19 GENERAL TRADING RULES (cont.) 8.The difference between winners and losers isn't so much native ability as it is discipline exercised in avoiding mistakes. 9.The most difficult task in speculation is not prediction but self-control. Successful trading is difficult and frustrating. You are the most important element in the equation for success. 10.Always discipline yourself by following a pre-determined set of rules. 11. Speech may be silver but silence is golden. Traders with the golden touch do not talk about their success. 12. Dream big dreams and think tall. Very few people set goals too high. A man becomes what he thinks about all day long. 13. Keep records of your trading results. Trading journal is a MUST 14. Stay positive, no matter how much you lose 15. Forget your College degree and Trust your trading skills 16. Buy into bad news and sell good news 17. Buy high and sell higher Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather19

20 GENERAL TRADING RULES(Cont.) 18. Continually strive for patience, perseverance, determination, and rational action. 19. Limit your losses - use stops! 20. Never cancel a stop loss order after you have placed it! 21. Place the stop at the time you make your trade. 22. Never get into the market because you are anxious because of waiting. 23. Dont over trade. Avoid getting in or out of the market too often. 24. Remember that a bear market will give back in one month what a bull market has taken three months to build. 25. Don't ever allow a big winning trade to turn into a loser. Stop yourself out if the market moves against you 20% from your peak profit point. 26.Accept failure as a step towards victory. 27. Have you taken a loss? Forget it quickly. Have you taken a profit? Forget it even quicker! 28. Expect and accept losses gracefully. Those who brood over losses always miss the next opportunity, which more than likely will be profitable. Copyright 2007, TradingOurWay, Prepared by Kermit Prather20


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