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This is the return % you get if you Won on the trade
This is the loss % you take if you Lost on the trade
This is the probability of a loss on a given trade. A coin toss is 50%
This is the capital used at the start of the simulation.
Commission for a single stock transaction. This value is multiplied by 2 to simulate getting in and then out of the trade.
Commission for a single option transaction. This value is multiplied by the # of option trades.
Total # of option transactions in the trade.
Total Commission = (Stock Comm x 2) + (Option Comm x # Options)
Click here to run simulation again using these values
Welcome to the Trade Simulator Tool! Tutorial Video on YouTube
Did you know you can be RIGHT more often than you're WRONG and still lose money? With limited risk, you can be WRONG more often than you're RIGHT, and still make money.

The purpose of this tool is to communicate how crucial
limiting your risk is to successful trading and help investors understand the importance of the little known principle: "Optimum Position Sizing".

The program’s purpose is NOT to predict or project what YOU will earn over your next 100 trades… PLEASE don’t get that idea…but what it will do is demonstrate the effect of money management as it relates to trading.
Pre-set Values:
Target Return:  %
  1. 0%
  2. 100%
  3. 200%
  4. 300%
  5. 400%
Loss Limit:  %
Probability of Loss:  %
Starting Amount: $
  1. $1k
  2. $25k
  3. $50k
  4. $75k
  5. $100k
% Invested Per Trade:  %
+ Use Commissions
Simulation Results Run Simulation Again  
 


As we’ll see with this calculator, knowing how much to put AT RISK is crucial. The Trading Simulation Tool is designed to let YOU sell YOURSELF on the idea of good money management. Play around with it; try a lot of different scenarios. The random run of winners and losers, over a period of 100 trades, will provide all the evidence you need to conclude that money management…position sizing… is the most important factor of trading... regardless of WHAT issues we are trading.

We all already practice money management in out daily living. Most of us that have children have been asked, “Can I get that toy, Daddy?”… “May I have dancing lessons, Mommy?”

In my experience, parents answer that question THREE different ways. If they answer “Yes” or “No” it’s usually because they already know the answer to the third… “How much?”

Yes, no… how much. How much to put on the line at one time is the question. Deciding HOW MUCH of one’s investment nest egg to put AT RISK at a time is crucial. Here’s why:

Say you have a shoo-in. A no-brainer. A stock that plain just HAS to go up. You bet your whole stash because you know that the more you put in, the bigger your payout in case you’re right.

But there’s a problem. The FDA refuses to approve the new drug… the earnings came out and surprised everyone to the bad… or Asian markets flipped out overnight and there’s a 700 point sympathy drop in the Dow… or… fill in the blank. If you expose too much to the ravages of the market, picking the wrong stock or the wrong TIME to get in… can get you in serious trouble.

On the other hand, what if you DO pick right? Your investment size makes a difference there too. Say you go to your spouse and say, "Honey, I just made 100% on one of my trades in the stock market!" That's great news, right? Then comes the logical next question…

"Honey, that's great! HOW MUCH did you put in?" If all you committed out of your entire savings to that one trade was $10 to buy 100 shares of a penny stock. Your round trip commissions would cost more than your win earned! So risking too little can actually be a detriment. This is an extreme example but folks often do over-trade their accounts, without betting the OPTIMUM amount.

The object of Optimum Position Sizing is to bet the ideal amount in each trade; not so much that a loss really hurts, and not so little that a gain doesn’t matter. With proper position sizing, your winning trades bring in healthy gains, and even losing trades don’t have to be a problem… if they are controlled and balanced with enough winning trades.

Here are some instructions for using the Trading Simulator Tool…
  1. When you run the calculator, a series of 100 trades will made with a randomly generated series of wins and losses. After each trade the dollar value of the account is calculated and the total posted after the 100 trades were made.
  2. Default parameters are provided to start the process. However, here are some areas that you’ll want to fiddle with and see what kinds of results you can expect from consistently trading a certain way. Here they are:
    • Target Return - This is the % return that you get for a winning trade. Click in the box and set it to a return you typically get.
    • Loss Limit - The maximum loss if you lose on the trade. Click in this box too… changes to this number will make the results very interesting and educational.
    • Probability of Loss - This is the % chance that you lose on the trade. Start at 50% or 50/50 chances, and adjust from there. If you set it at 50, you will have anywhere from 40 to 60 wins each time you run the simulation, in a random sequence.
    • Starting Amount - The amount of capital in your account at the beginning. I like to use $10,000 but you can adjust it to the actual amount that you trade after doing the exercises.
    • % Invested Per Trade - This is % of the Starting Amount that is invested with each trade. It is also the % to be re-invested after each win or loss. Setting this % is important to avoid over trading and selecting the optimum position sizing.
    • Commissions - If you would like to include commissions in the calculations - click the "Use Commissions" link. Then, both the stock and option commissions can be changed. The number of option trades used for each investment can also be changed. Note: It takes 2 stock trades and 4 option trades for a typical Radioactive Profit Machine trade, the way we do them.
  3. After changing any number or slider with your desired conditions, the simulated trades will recalculate. The bottom right table/scroll area contains the summary of results for 100 simulated trades. It shows the number of wins and losses generated from the random toss process... The left bottom table/scroll area displays the highest and the lowest values reached during the 100 trades and an ending value. If you like, scroll down and see the results for each iteration from the 1st trade to the 100th.
  4. After a trade, if the ending amount goes under $250, the simulator assumes this is too little to invest and you are bankrupt.
Now for some Exercises:
  1. Try plugging in 10% to both the Target and the Loss Limit. Run the simulation 10-12 times. You’ll probably be horrified at what you see… after 100 trades, depending on your luck you’ll either be in debt… or have lost most of your capital… or at best be ahead a little but nowhere NEAR what you think you should be getting for having traded 100 times.
  2. Next, SKEW the Risk vs. Reward… by changing the gains Target to 15%. This will leave a skew of 5%: If you LOSE, it's 10% but if you WIN it’s a 15% gain. Run the simulation 10-12 times again as well. You’ll likely be pleased with this one…but remember, it's not the gain target that you can control in any trade. It’s the loss limit.
  3. Finally, skew the Risk vs. Reward by the same amount: 5%. Only this time, instead of increasing the gain target, DECREASE it to a believable, conservative amount… say 8%. At the same time, lower the risk all the way down to 3%. Run this 3% vs. 8% simulation 10-12 times
When you do the above exercises, keep a log of the results. Every once in a while, scroll down the list and see the run of the trades… you may see that at times the result goes down to BELOW your starting capital. But in each simulation, you’ll very likely end up with a number that’s GOOD when you skew the risk, and a bad or not-so-good result when you don't.

Here's the conclusion that I hope you come to: The one thing that you absolutely CAN control is "Amount at RISK/Loss Limit" (thankfully) this is the key to your success, given a long enough horizon. You can't control whether a stock goes up or down, but you CAN control your exit even through an opening gap using the principles contained in The Sketch.

It is important to use the proper investment amount for each trade. An investor needs to make it the highest priority to survive and have money left for the next trade. One must be able survive several losing trades in a row and still have investment funds remaining. And, of course the next priority should be to bet enough to make a real difference in case you're right.

But many investors reach too high for returns or the amount they invest on each trade to their own peril. Try these exercises with modest gains… And see how limiting the DOWNSIDE risk…the thing you CAN control with the RPM setup… makes a powerful difference. Here’s a lesson too costly to allow EXPERIENCE and not the Trading Simulator Tool teach you… it is ESPECIALLY dangerous when an investor has several successful investments in a row because is creates a sense of overconfidence and therefore the tendency to over-trade.

Pass this Calculator around to your investing buddies! If they don’t have a copy of The Sketch, send them to this site! RadioActiveTrading.com. Then consider coming to any of our live webinars for more training... you'll see how the "Optimum Position Sizing" principle has worked with real-time, real- money trades.
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