Traders Ask- Position Sizing (Part II)

Feb 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Mike Bellafiore's (Bella's) Blogs, Traders Ask
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I love the respect given with the Mr. Bella 🙂

If we start a 1/3 position then we are not as confident in the set up.  We are searching for information that gives us more confidence.  What factors would do so:

a) the tape

b) intraday charts

c) long term technicals

d) any important news that just hit on the market. the stock or the sector

e) how easy it is to get in and out of the stock

f) a determination that I can control my risk

g) the strength of the overall market

h) the time of the day

i) strong moves away from prices confirming a big order

j) the corresponding futures

k) my trading intution

I will factor in all of the above and look for excellent risk/reward opportunities so I can add some size.

I hope that helps.  Great job by you working on your trading game!

Mike Bellafiore

Author, One Good Trade

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