How to Handle Loss

Discussion in 'Strategy Development' started by remogul92, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. remogul92

    remogul92

    I'm doing 30 back testing trades to test my strategy. My record started off great. But then went through a losing streak. How do you handle a streak of losses? Do you have any trade rules on how to handle a losing streak?
     
  2. Overnight

    Overnight

    Change the strategy so you do not have any losing trades? Curve-fit your strategy to exactly where you want it, which is no losing trades ever in your lifetime. Then, trade it live. Easy as pie!
     
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  3. If you want to know how to handle losses, Overnight is definitely your go to source!
     
  4. gaussian

    gaussian

    Best advice on this forum curve fitting is definitely the way professionals deal with streaks of losses.
     
  5. MattZ

    MattZ Sponsor

    Make sure you have enough capital to go through the drawdown. All the sarcastic comments you will see here is because every trader goes through it. Was your question how to eliminate losing trades (hope not!) or how to handle it psychologically?
     
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  6. I don't use system trading but once I hit a rough patch, trade at half position size. In this case, I don't need to increase my capital.
     
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  7. tomorton

    tomorton

    Before looking at the losers, you should already have a consistently profitable strategy. You should have already done an in depth study of your winners.

    If those things are achieved, you can spend a limited amount of effort on understanding the losers and how they behaved -

    did they hit the initial stop-loss?
    why was the stop-loss at that level?
    was the direction initially correct?
    was entry premature? or late?
    was the stop-loss trailed? why, and how far back from current price?
    was the losing position closed manually?
    why was it closed manually? why there?
    did the trade initially go into profit?
    how much initial profit was allowed to go back into the market?
    why was this not taken off the table?
    after the losing exit was there an early opportunity to re-enter profitably?
    etc. etc.

    They should be understood but they can't be eliminated.
     
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  8. Turveyd

    Turveyd

    Losing streaks isnt what I'm here for ( i get but trying to remove ), likely caused by different market conditions, create a system for those, dax and nq only have 3 types of condition.

    Then no longer an issue,, just the normal losers.
     
  9. tomorton

    tomorton


    Take it easy. I'm sure he's joking....
     
  10. Amahrix

    Amahrix

    You're right, lol. I took it literally for some reason.
     
    #10     Aug 19, 2019