I've just been practicing with paper money here while I formulate gameplans and such for trading the YM. I've been trying to stick to a 20-point stop in all my trades and more often than not I'm getting stopped out. While I understand the setup is the most important thing I'm just finding it odd that on somewhat high(er) probability setups I'm getting stopped out. What I find interesting is that had I widened that stop to say 30-points the play I was making starts forming up and I hit my targets. Today I made 5 trades and I hit my target on 2 of them and was stopped out on the other 3. However, had I been using a 30-point stop I would have hit my target on 2 of the 3 failed trades. I guess my question is... in this rather volatile market are you loosening up your stops to help compensate for the volatility? Or, is this just a fools rationale and will ultimately lead to further losses with no notable gains? I'm a newer trader to futures and I'd love to hear if you think that widening up those stops to allow for a little more room to move is what you're doing or if you're sticking to your "regular" stops and seeing success. BTW, I'm only trading 1 YM contract with (typically) a 20-point stop in place. Thanks!