I'm a new futures trader with lots to learn but I wanted to start a discussion about realistic risk management in futures trading. Maybe it's just that the market is so volatile right now, but I've found it quite difficult to manage risk and still get in on trends. My plan was to limit losses to no more than 4% on any one trade. Because i've started with $11k, I just rounded that to about $400. Unfortunately, even if a contract generally trends the way I have placed my order (up if long, down if short) it's so very easy for the fluctuations to hit my stops along the way. I would love to hear some seasoned advice on this catch 22.